Ep 59: We Have To Show Up

There's no such thing as the right time to get started. Showing up when you're intimidated, unprepared, or getting started is terrifying. I'll be honest, I was really intimidated to show up to a Strava "My Mile" event last week. For the first time in months, I hesitated when I went to take my shirt off. It never ceases to blow my mind how quickly that little voice that says, "You shouldn't be here", "You're not fast enough to be here", or "look around, your best isn't good enough" can go from a whisper to a roar.

I can sit here all day and tell you that all you have to do is show up but I'd be doing all of us a disservice if I didn't acknowledge how scary it can be to show up. That being said, we have to push ourselves to show up. The only way we can control that inner critic is if we show up. Never let anyone tell you that you're not good enough. Not friends, not family, not strangers, not trolls online, and especially not your own voice that cuts the deepest. 

Let's talk about how important it is to show up.

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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.