There comes a time in every half-marathon runner's life when he or she approaches the starting line and realizes: "OMG, I have 13.1 more miles to go ... " Some runners deal with this epiphany by doing a little self-pep talk -- "You were born to run," "You can do this," etc. Kelly Roberts, however, a 24-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, chose a different strategy: selfies with hot men in the background. While running the New York City half marathon last weekend, she decided to pass the time by snapping a selfie with an unsuspecting dude at every mile -- resulting in 13 epic half-marathon snapshots!

"I noticed there was a really cute guy behind me, and I thought, 'Oh my God, I should make a hashtag, #hotguysofthenychalf,'" she told

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"Sweet surrender," she says in reference to this cutie around mile 10. More From Women's Health: The Best Strength-Training Moves for Runners


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To scope out the rest of Kelly's handiwork, check out her Instagram account.

Now, big ups to Kelly for being a half-marathon genius and figuring out a brilliant way to make those 13 miles fly by -- we're just hoping she'll grace us with #hotguysofthenycmarathon come November. But for those of you who don't have Kelly's multi-tasking gene and have to get through a race in more, um, traditional ways, check out these race-day running tips.

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