Welcome To San Francisco!

After the world's longest travel day, MY SISTER AND I MADE IT TO SAN FRANCISCO! So I know I said I was leaving on Friday, but turns out I booked our flight for Thursday! We only found out on Tuesday but it ended up being quite the happy accident! We had a layover in Dallas before arriving in San Francisco late last night so it was nice to have today to hang with family before the madness of race weekend began. I grabbed Aziz Ansari's new book "Modern Romance" before we took off and it was so good I finished it before we landed. If you're looking for a HILARIOUS and really engaging read, go get that book. 

My Mom and my Cousin William came to pick up up at the airport and we made a bee-line for IN N OUT! A double double and some animal style fries later, I could not have been happier. 

Then I did what any normal person does the first day they are on vacation, I woke up at dawn to go join November Project here in San Francisco for some hill repeats! In case you haven't heard, I'm slightly obsessed with this tribe of humans.  We met over by UCSF and there was this entire hidden gem of a forest right there! We did .5 mile hill repeats up and down Mount Sutro Hills and it was a blast. If you're in a city with a tribe of November Project, go check them out. They are so much fun to workout with. What was really funny was everyone was giving high fives up and down the switchbacks and for a while I kept thinking, "What are they doing? OH! That's for high fives!" New York City has ruined me, I'm officially a jaded monster. 

So here we are! If you didn't know, OrthoLite insoles (You know those incredibly comfortable insoles you're probably already wearing) is sponsoring Charity Miles for the SF Marathon and I need you to join the #RunSelfieRepeat Charity Miles Team right now!

Walkers, runners, bikers -- you all can use Charity Miles! Just open the app, join team #RunSelfieRepeat, select a charity to raise money for (I'm raising money for Parkinson's Research) and go get sweaty! Let's see how much money we can raise this weekend! I'm also doing a giveaway so CLICK HERE for more info. Spread the word! Share which charity you've decided to raise money for and use the hashtag #RunOrthoLite! Let's raise some money for some incredible causes!

BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME!

I want to introduce you to my wonderful Cousin Boy William who is getting ready to run his very first half marathon this weekend! There's nothing like your first half marathon so I asked William to share his experience both before the race and after!

CLICK HERE for Excited and Scared, I'm Running My First Half Marathon in 2 Days.

Comment

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.