The Secret To Finishing A Half Marathon When You're Struggling

Why do bad runs happen to good people? That my friends is one of life's greatest unanswered questions. Deny it all you want but sometimes race day isn't all rainbows, effortless miles, and smiling selfies. Sometimes your legs feel like lead, your watch won't get a GPS signal, you spill Gatorade all over yourself at mile 2, you chafe in places you didn't know could chafe, and time moves in slow motion.

I'm not going to say that the Airbnb Brooklyn Half was a really bad run but it definitely wasn't easy. My legs felt like lead from the moment we crossed the starting line and I was 89% positive they added 26 extra miles onto Ocean Parkway (can someone double check on that?). Here's what you do when running 3.1 miles to the finish line feels impossible, you convince everyone around you to make a music video and just DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!

BOOM. Our bad run immediately turned into a hilarious fun run! Sometimes you just have to let the power of Justin Timberlake get you through. JT never fails.

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.


Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.