Ep 49: Project 1:59 Breaking The 2 Hour Barrier Together

For hundreds of thousands of runners, breaking 2 hours in the half marathon is the goal they fight for. It requires grit, determination, perseverance, and patience because for so many of us, it takes year to break through that mental barrier. And this weekend, after we launched Project 1:59, I saw first hand how difficult it is to believe in yourself when you don't think you can do it. I want to take a second to celebrate all the runners who try, fall short, and dare to try time and time again. 

If you're chasing that sub 2 hour half marathon, join the Project 1:59 club on Strava and share your story! Let us know where you're racing and what breaking 2 means to you. This year, we're breaking the 2 hour barrier together. 

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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.