Your Empowering Conquer The Worst Playlist

What do you do when shit hits the fan? When I first started running, I thought I could actually physically run from my problems. Nothing was happening for me. I was stuck, bored and I could feel myself slipping into old habits. So when I figured out that the pain I felt from running meant I was getting stronger, I leaned hard into that pain. I drank the Koolaid (or should I say electrolyte mix???) and now there's nothing better than putting on my shoes, throwing my middle finger up in the air and going for a long run when shit hits the fan.

Going through a breakup?

Relationship speed bumps?

Did you get cheated on?


Life problems?

Are your kids driving you over the edge?

Get fired?

Quit your job?

Want to stab your boss and/or coworkers? (METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING OF COURSE. JESUS DON'T STAB ANYONE.)

Do you have 99 problems and they all have to do with money?

Having an identity crisis?

Feeling insecure about your weight?

Or maybe you just don't feel like you fit in anywhere.

That isn't even the tip of the iceberg but these are some of the many reasons why you should run away/start running! Life is tough and it doesn't get any easier! I was talking with a coworker this morning and she looked at me in tears and says, "I think I just need to go for a run. How do I do that?" And I was like GIRL! I GOT YOUR BACK! I'm going to crowd source you an empowering conquer the word playlist and then we're going to go run for a good 2 minutes."

And she was like "WHAT?" And I was like, "Then we'll walk and then we'll run again!"

I asked the Run, Selfie, Repeat community over on the Twitterverse and The Facebook what songs they listen to when they need to feel empowered. So here is your "Empowering I'm Going to Conquer the Worst Playlist" for all those moments when you want to blow something up, set something on fire or punch someone in their hope (because revenge is best served by doing something great. And if you really want to say "F*ck you", go run a half or full marathon and then be like "SUCK IT.")

Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by Pink

Heartkiller by HIM

Sabotage by Beastie Boys

The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga

What Are You Waiting For by Nickelback

Run the World (Girls)  by Beyonce

Run, Run, Run by Michelle Lewis

Go Harder by Future

 It's My Life by Bon Jovi

Dig by Incubus

Play It Right by Sylvan Esso

Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling

This Is A New Year by A Great Big World

High Road: Fort Minor (feat. John Legend)

Higher and Higher by Craig Wedren and Theodore Shapiro (Wet Hot American Summer)

Burning Gold by Christina Perri

I Will Survive Cover by Cake

Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson

Day Dream by the Lovin Spoonful

Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine

No One Like You by the Scorpions

Lost In The Echo by Linkin Park

Rolling In The Deep by Adele

Miranda Lambert by Mama's Broken Heart

Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy

Collar Full by Panic at the Disco

Stronger by Kelly Clarkson

Feel Again by One Republic

Don't Stop Me Now by Queen

Domino by Jessi J

SKRILLEX by Bangarang

A Little Want To by Reba McEntire

Magic by Bruce Springsteen

Wake Me Up by Avicii

All Day by Girl Talk

Grown Woman by Beyonce

I Don't Fuck With You by Big Sean

My Hero (acoustic version) by Foo Fighters

Never Give Up On The Good Times by the Spice Girls

In My Head (feat. Nervo) David Guetta & Daddy’s Groove

I’m Every Woman by Whitney Houston

A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay

Firework by Katy Perry

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

I Lived by One Republic

And finally, because this song should be on every playlist you have --

I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston

BOOM! What's your empowering conquer the world song? Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

F this im going running

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.