Ep 83: Tina Muir on Health and Life Post Elite Running

Today on the Run, Selfie, Repeat podcast, my friend and a badass who is changing the running game, Tina Muir. Tina recently made headlines when, at the top of her game as an elite runner, she decided to not only retire but open up about her struggle with amenorrhea as well. Tina's vulnerability and openness are two of the many reasons why so many women have joined her "Running for Real" community. From life post-retirement to what she hopes for her daughter (after 9 years without her period, Tina is now pregnant with a little girl!!!), this episode is a candid and honest talk about what it's like to run for your life at the top level. For more Tina, you can find her on TinaMuir.comFacebook, Twitter, or Instagram

CRAAAAZZZYYYY how things can change in a year!! I wasn't sure whether to post this, feeling self conscious, and thought people might react negatively, but oh well, here's to being brave.๐Ÿ™Š This time a year ago, I was about to run the #londonmarathon, I ended up smashing my PB of 2:41 to run a 2:37 and finish 2nd in the championship section of the race. I don't know how much I weighed, but I was in the best shape I had been in, both physically and mentally. One year later, and quite a few pounds heavier, I have not run in almost 5 weeks. But I CHOSE this. Last year I achieved some big goals, but now I have an even more important one, recovering from amenorrhea and getting my body ready for a family. I'm not gonna lie and say it's not hard looking at that photo and seeing me right now, BUT I am learning to love my curves, and I am definitely enjoying the food I am eating ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿช๐Ÿฉ, allowing myself to let loose, rest, and heal after 14 years of complete dedication.๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ There are many ups and downs in every stage of life, but even in that moment, like that one on the left, I still wanted to look better, I still wasn't totally happy. I don't think we ever will be, all we can do is love our bodies and respect them. I know I am not "big" by any means, but this comparison shows the difference. My body has a new journey to embark on, and I plan to embrace it as best I can. I'm still me, right? *hesitates to push publish*.....aaaand GO

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**Mentioned in the episode, the incredible Lauren Fleshman's letter, "Dear Younger Me: Lauren Fleshman".

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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 โ€œhottie huntingโ€ 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.