Ep 69: Take The Shame Out Of Quitting

Quitting is always an option, but so is going forward. Before running, I would quit anything I struggled with. And despite the fact that running is still, to this day, really, really f*cking hard, it reminds me that I can't shy away from the things that I have to work for. It helps me remember that I'm not a quitter. 

Across my social channels, from Facebook, Instagram, to Strava, I’ve asked people who, like me, come with a history of giving up, what changed for them. And their answers are really eye opening because this isn’t one size fits all. It’s another reason why all of our stories are so important.

I asked - "Serious question. This one is for anyone who has struggled to get and stay active in the past. What changed? Did you ever quit? If so, what made you want to try again? And most importantly, what made you want to stick with it? We often talk about the advice we'd give to someone struggling but I want to hear your struggle. What did you go through and what kept you fighting?"

Your answers were honest, vulnerable, unique, but shared the same commonality, running and being active changed the way you saw and felt about yourself and what you were capable of.

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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.