This Crazy Life!

It's very, very rare that I sit down and talk 1 on 1 with you all on Run, Selfie, Repeat but I owe you a catch up! It's been about 10 years since I wrote about my life! My life is nuts at the moment, thank you for asking! I'm one of those people who really likes to be busy and right now, I'm exhausted. But I hate spare time. My idea of hell is waking up and thinking, "I have absolutely nothing to do today so I am going to sit on the couch and watch TV." Nope. It's on those days that I tend to go stir crazy and take on 100 extra projects which is how I ended up with a trip to LA in the middle of two crazy travel weekends! More on that in a second...

This past weekend, I ran my very first trail race and it was HARD. 9 times out of 10 I don't look into what I sign up for. My November Project pals look like they have the best time at these trail races so when the time came for Bear Mountain, I joined a team to do the marathon relay. (The FOMO is real.) It wasn't until we were at Bear Mountain that I realized I was actually going to run up a mountain...

Meet team #NovemberProject leftovers. We're about to kick ass and take NAMES. #RunSelfieRepeat

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Victory. Is. Ours. #NovemberProject #RunSelfieRepeat #BattleWounds #🍺

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Did I mention how hard it was? It was 6 point something miles and the first two miles were killer! The whole jumping over fallen trees, climbing up a mountain, and run down boulders was pretty intense. It was fun, just super difficult and "technical". (That's a word people kept using to explain to me what I was in for. Now I understand what "technical" means.) It definitely won't be my last trail race though. Despite the technicality, I had so much fun. There's nothing more fun than running hard, drinking beer and hanging out with new and old friends.

That was terrifying. Literally everyone just wiped out. #RedHookCrit

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After we got back from Bear Mountain, we went to the Red Hook Crit which is this insane underground (not so underground) bike race. The best bikers from all over the world race 26 laps around this track at insanely fast speeds. We made it in time for the women's and the men's final races and both had really scary crashes. The men's was ESPECIALLY intense because it happened right in front of us and right out of the gate! The motorcycle that rides in front stalled and the pile up that resulted was terrible. 4 guys went to the hospital and some guys walked away with bikes that were broken in half. We didn't end up sticking around for the restart because we were cold but next year I'm making a day out of the race.

I'd say the #fiveborobiketour was a huge success. 💪🏽 #RunSelfieRepeat #touristolympics @carleyroney 😂

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Sunday, I woke up early because my family and I participated in the 5 (OK 4) Boro Bike Tour! It was pouring rain, freezing cold and we had the best time riding 30 ish miles around NYC. We started in Dumbo (which is the tip of Brooklyn), rode across the Brooklyn Bridge, up Manhattan, through Harlem and the Bronx, back into Manhattan, over the Queensboro bridge, down into Brooklyn and ended back in Dumbo for an AMAZING breakfast and hot hot hot hot hot hot coffee. (The race technically ends in Staten Island but the race goes right by my family's house so we just stop when we get there.) Watching my little cousin Dublin (who fought us when we all wanted to quit mid way through the race) was a beautiful reminder to stick with something, even when you're miserable. (We rode in last place the entire time.) Which brings me to...

I found my Coach! I'm not sure if you heard but I decided to go out on a limb and spend the next 6 months of my life trying to shave 30-ish minutes off of my marathon time to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It's a goal that I think is impossible but the goal itself is a lot like running a marathon. Even though getting to the finish line feels impossible, if you focus on the mile you're in, step by step you make it to the finish line. I think it's important to really run down the things that scare you the most. I'm terrified that I'm going to fail and make a fool out of myself but I'm more afraid of shying away from pushing myself to go after the goals that really get me outside of my comfort zone. So here we are, BQ OR BUST.

The reason I chose to film the entire 6 month journey is to force the accountability factor. I don't love how much control I have when I write. So far, when I read Boston BQ journeys, a lot of the ugly parts, the failures, the doubts, and the set backs are omitted. Ironically, those are the parts that I want to highlight. I'm so terrified that I'm going to fall flat on my face right now. I'm really nervous about showing you all how I don't want to do the work but that's the reality of the situation. Running a BQ is the dream for so many runners, myself included, and even if running fast isn't something that motivates you, we all have our intimidating goals. I think it's going to be really interesting sharing both the good and the bad parts of the next 6 months. It's not going to be easy, that much is for sure, but I'm really excited to go for it. (That's a lie, I'm really scared but I'm really digging the whole "positive self talk" thing right now, so excited it is!)

If you haven't seen Episode 1, you can check it out by CLICKING HERE. Episode 2 where you get to meet my Coach is coming so if you haven't already, subscribe to my YouTube channel for the latest in BQ or Bust.

Thursday, I'm headed to Cancun and next week I'm off to LA and then Boulder for my cousin Sarah's wedding!!! I'm excited for some adventure but it's going to be an exhausting 2 weeks. I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to throw the LA leg in the middle of this trip. OH WELL. I have work that I need to do and it will be nice to see my LA friends.

That's what's new in my universe! As always, stay up to date with everything that's going on with me on Instagram! Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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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.