What It's Like To Go To A Workout Event

This morning my sister and I attended the Kickoff to Mud Season Workout hosted by Mudderella and it was probably the most fun (and most painful) experience I've had in a very long time. I've wanted to do a Mud Run for months now but was deterred by my very weak arms. Then I was approached with an opportunity to participate in a Women's Only Mud Run called Mudderella and I thought to myself, "Self. We can work on those arms. Just do it!" I somehow managed to wrangle my sister Sammy into the madness and on May 9th we are going to be getting down and dirty for our first ever Mudderella!!!!!

But back to this morning, Muderella has teamed up with Uplift, a Women's Only Boutique Gym here in the city, to create a 6 week training program geared specifically towards getting participants ready for Muderella. So what's it like to go to a workout event with my sister and I? Well...

We meet up at 7:00am and Sammy had never been happier to get up early in her life. Just look at her!

So we get going and things are looking good. We see yoga mats and I think, this can't be that crazy! We're probably going to hang out on the mats and shmooze!

No way. The workout is INTENSE. Like so intense that I am sore right now. Sam was having the best time ever though. Just look at her!

I like to believe I am in pretty good shape. I run 30-40 miles a week right now and I do all sorts of squats, dead lifts, lunges, planks, YOU NAME IT on the regular. Well, I was dying after 5 minutes. Mortifying right?! I was swimming in a pool of sweat while all the ladies around me looked fresh as daisies.

Sammy especially was killing it though. Just look at how she felt about mountain climbers.

And planks? She couldn't have been more excited! She was MVP of the class.

All joking aside, here's what I realized: I am often discouraged from trying new workout classes because I get totally embarrassed when I feel like the only person in the class who can't keep up! But it's not embarrassing! It's hilarious! My God what a difference it makes to give yourself the permission to not only give it your all but to have fun as well! You can take your workout seriously and laugh too! I promise! Does it still hurt? YES! Is it still painful! HELL YEAH! Do you still feel like you are going to pass out? YOU SURE DO! I am sick and tired of going to these things and feeling like I need to be something I'm not! So I choose not to feel insignificant and trust me, this way is much more fun.

AND you get to reward yourself with delicious health food like these muffins we decided to try. See? Look how delicious!

Just kidding! They were disgusting and we instead opted for seriously delicious Liquiteria billion dollar juices instead. (No seriously, we took like 10 because LIVE YOUR LIFE.)

I am loving how both Mudderella and Uplift are making getting active fun. They are taking the really intimidating stuff and saying "Hey! No one expects you to be perfect! We know this is actually hard stuff! We just want you to show up, push your limits, feel good about yourself and have fun while you get stronger!" Right? I can get behind that! I am all about figuring out how to find the strongest version of you!

I had a blast sweating my face off with Uplift and laughing my ass off with sister throughout the entire thing. I'm so sore you guys! But it's a hurts so good sore and now it's time to get serious about doing those exercises regularly because I have a huge year ahead. I have my first half marathon of the year next weekend in Ohio WHICH I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT!!!!! Then it's Mudderella the following weekend and the Brooklyn Half the next weekend! RIGHT?! Huge month in May. All of which is leading towards the San Francisco Marathon in July! So big things ahead, you ready? Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.

SIDE NOTE: I need you to read this: CLICK ME. I want you to read the transcription of the speech that Amy Schumer gave at the Gloria Awards and Gala because it knocked my socks off. I don't care who you are or what you look like, this is important. More on this when I can put my thoughts together.


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.