Bettering Your Best

When I don’t run far, I don’t feel like myself. I hadn’t done a long and exhausting distance run since the NYC Marathon and I was getting antsy. So on the eve before my last day in San Diego, I walked into my parent’s family room and declared, “I’m going to run a half marathon tomorrow.” My Mom and sister looked at me confused. I explained that it wasn’t exactly a “half marathon” just a long run at a half marathon distance. I then thought about how I didn’t want to run alone so my sister helped me blast my Impromptu Half Marathon onto the internet to see if anyone wanted to join.

I’d never done this before. I’ve never invited strangers of the internet to run with me in an impromptu fashion. It sounds like an excellent way to end up in a ditch somewhere but when it comes to running, running with a friend or a group is much more rewarding. Luckily I wasn’t murdered and I ended up having the opportunity to run with an incredibly fierce and inspiring runner named Pamela. I asked Pamela how far she wanted to go and at first she was going to run 4-6 miles with me because she had run a half marathon the previous weekend (in 1 hour and 45 minutes no less) and but decided to run the entire way with me so I wouldn’t have to run alone. And boy am I glad she ran with me.

13.1 miles of beauty. This was our halfway point.

The running community is an incredible group of people. And thanks to the internet it’s so easy to connect. Pamela inadvertently gave me my next goal. I’m a one pace pony because I am full of excuses. But here she is with a full time career where she travels often, and she is the Mom to two girls! Not only does Pamela run, but she works to run fast and far! She’s a trail runner who’s done ragnar’s! She has the most infectious attitude towards uncomfortable training and pushing your limits. Her mantra during the painful training runs is "suck it up." I kept thinking, “Holy cow, what a badass.” The reason I’m a one pace pony is because I slack on painful runs and I do the bare minimum. It’s gratifying and empowering when you push yourself to a place you didn’t believe was possible and the only way you get there is through hard work that isn’t always pain free. I never thought I could run a marathon. Then I ran one in 4 hours and 40 minutes. Then 4 hours 11 minutes. Next I want to beat 4 hours. Pamela reminded me that I can’t be afraid to put in the work and feel the burn.

Running is about personal growth. Every year I surprise myself when I blow my best out of the water. What I really love about running is how simple the process is. You start running by running and walking, then running, and gradually you run further every single week. Then you adjust, adapt, get stronger, and take over the world! Sure it’s challenging, but the process is fun and rewarding. I don’t run to lose weight, I run to consistently prove my worth to myself. You can’t bullshit your way to a marathon. Some do but I can’t. Your success is tangible and it only happens when you take the steps, put in the time, and do the work.

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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.