Archive for Running Inspiration

A Little Structure

I know you’re all dying to know how my beloved Rake is going right now.

At present, he has taken on the role of trolling the internet, one homophobe at a time.

You know how I work with small children for a living? Mr The Rake has a much lower tolerance for, well, people…


So I asked him what he thought of people, generally -

Hmmm, I wonder how they’d taste. 

Ladies and gentlemen: my boyfriend.

I think he won the internet

I think he won the internet


Let’s get down to business

I know that some of you are more interested in the nitty gritty of my schedules and plans. Knowing that every single one of us has entirely different needs, I wanted to share mine. Partly because this way, I can get all excited about Wednesday when I finally get to start running again!

This is all early days, but it really is time to begin thinking about upcoming races, with the ultimate goal being the Sydney Marathon in September. So, mucking around with this awesome new find of periodisation (dividing the racing season into three categories), and adding in some light weeks, this is a rough draft of where I’m headed.

Did I mention I like structure?
Marathon Schedule

I’m all ears guys – and many of you have been there, done that.



Your Turn!

What type of speed-work do you do?
Do you put light weeks into you training regime?
How structured are you when it comes to racing?
Do you use/have you heard of periodisation? 


Because eating should be fun


Dad, maybe not a great one for you to read…

So I’m a bit obsessive. And sometimes that’s great. The OCD tendencies in most runners are what get us over the line. It gets us through sticky tempo runs, and drags our lazy behinds out of bed when the alarm goes off at ‘what the hell were you thinking’ o-clock. Basically, it makes us awesome.

Early morning

Awake before the rest of the world.

Sometimes it’s also good to learn to be less obsessive. This whole break thing, for example, is going to make me a better runner in the long term, and its giving me time to recharge. I’m also looking at it as a way to relax, deal with less intensity in my life, and have fun with friends.

This morning, I ran a race (don’t freak out Cait – I very calmly jogged 4km in about 40 minutes).

This is my friend Va – it was her second race. Ever. She inspires me every day.

Just after the drink station

Just after the drink station


Here’s the thing though. I am neurotic. And I have this wonderful split personality in my head that spends half its life saying

Be strong. You are disciplined enough to do whatever you want. Go for it. 

And the other voice, that responds with,

Well, yes, but at what cost? Have you considered chilling the hell out?

That second voice is one I have acquired over time. I’m fairly sure that piece of my brain was missing when I was born. 

Sometimes, the winning voice is easy to determine.

Have to get up early? Just do it.

Want to run 10km? Just do it.

The need to work extra time at the end of the day to achieve more before the day ends? Chill out. 

Then there are situations where the voices just fight. 

Right now, those voices are fighting over me. We know that I’ve dealt with an eating disorder. I know that it’s just one of those things that might play on my mind forever. A lot of people deal with that voice telling them to lose weight, go on a diet, exercise more, whatever. My voice likes to aim for the Nicole Ritchie circa 2006 look.

Not really ok. Source.

I’ve gotten pretty good at telling that voice to shut up. 

The problem with a break from running is that without that high intensity exercise all the time, I find myself looking for clues that I’m about to explode out into elephant territory. Clearly it’s not going to happen, but it’s there. A constant, irritating voice asking why I’ve ‘let myself go’ so much over the last two years, lamenting the fact that I ever started running and turbo-charged my appetite in the first place, and asking why disciplined Kate can’t just take action and freakin’ deal with the situation.

While it may sound very first world and of no real consequence, for me and plenty of others, that voice is paralysing. Nothing is enjoyable if all you can focus on is the size of your thighs.

So I’m taking action.

If I’m going to take some time off running, I’m going to come back to it with a much more measured attitude. I’m going to get my training in order, but I’m also going to get my food in order. Over the last few months, my good old fear of carbs has been creeping back. And worse, counter-acted by ‘you’re an idiot brain’ with chocolate or ice-cream to compensate. In sum, the whole food thing just isn’t working for me at the moment.

Look, it's still part of a healthy diet...but it probably shouldn't replace half a meal.

Look, it’s still part of a healthy diet…but it probably shouldn’t replace half a meal.

Ever the pro-active neurotic runner chick, I recognise that I’m going down a crappy road, so I’m booking myself in to see a sports nutritionist.

We can’t always do it alone, and I intend to pick her brain until I figure out what my body needs, how to manage it with my lifestyle (i.e. not waiting until 3pm for lunch between work and work), and how to enjoy dessert without feeling guilty or going all in for the binge.

Let’s get this shit sorted. 



Your Turn!

Does food ever bother you, or do you just go with the flow?
Have you ever seen a nutritionist?
Do you hear voices too?


The tempo-interval, a cruel beast.


I went blog hopping this evening before writing my post, and I have to have an impromptu ‘best post introduction’ award – Rachel, at Busy Mama Fitness, smashed it out of the park today. On shaving her armpits?

I used to be able to go a week between shaving my armpits and now within a day, it’s ‘Trouble with Tribbles’ under there

Winning. Go check out the full post (this chick runs!).

So where did we leave off before I got lost in a sea of small children who can’t read or talk good? Oh yeah – lol, YOLO. Don’t EVER say that in public. Unless you’re the Lonely Island. And not the bad kind with palm trees and Gilligan.




Since Saturday, I have discovered a new breed of speed training: the tempo interval. 

What the hell? There’s tempo, and there’s intervals. Both are evil. So when yesterday’s program called for ‘tempo intervals’ of 10 min tempos and 2 min recovery jogs, it seemed a little bit rough. Especially first thing in the morning.

As it turns out, it’s the world’s best workout. A nasty tempo – with the sweet relief that a normal tempo relentlessly denies.

Want to give it a shot? Do 10 mins, just above your tempo pace, followed by a 2 min recovery jog. Repeat 3-4 times. (f you want to check out your times, or figure out the right tempo pace for you, try the MacMillan Calculator).

There will be sweat...

There will be sweat…

I covered about 8km in 40 mins, and holy wow was it a good workout.

So, we’ve rambled on and now we’re here. I thought I missed the point of this post, but there it is – go try Satan’s favourite new trick - tempo intervals.



Today’s moment:

Major confession time. I spent an hour or so this morning playing neopets. I think  I have a problem.


Your Turn!

Have you ever tried tempo intervals?
What’s the worst workout you’ve done?

YOLO killed my mother


You say alcohol, I say run

Mr The Rake likes to talk about alcohol as the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. Like the dag I am, I think running is way better. The problems? Beware the injured runner. BUT you get the endorphin rush of an awesome, awesome workout. And you can casually drop into conversation that you’re just heading out or a lazy 20km, and people look at you with respect (or or begin to back away slowly).

Kate before Fartlek training

Do not mess with the run

This morning is a case in point. I have been feeling like shit all week. Everything’s been difficult, and the whole sleeping thing isn’t really working out for me.

So this morning, I decided to run 2 laps of the bay. If you don’t happen to live within 2km of my house, that means that I ran about 17km. And the rain was torrential. At some points the combination of wind and rain was so bad that I was running with my eyes shut. Can you just picture me there, on the bridge, running blindly into a headwind? Hot stuff. My soaked-through shorts were enjoying gravity as much as Yogi Bear loves a picnic.

Rain = no humidity, so it was the best run I’ve had in ages. And over 1 1/2 hours, the world’s woes cease to mean very much.

In sum; go run.


I am so sorry

To everyone who finds my blog by random search. It does, however, give us the chance to laugh at the things people search for. Over the past few weeks, people found Run with Kate by searching:

  • coca cola shin splints
  • drive thru bottle shop
  • fat rhinos running
  • hardcore onesies for men (I’m sorry, but that is an oxymoron. Fail).
  • he’s gone because I’m busy (now I feel like a seriously bad girlfriend!)
  • rake brochure (bahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha)
  • sexual run group
  • yolo killed my mother




Because it’s Saturday. And here are some brilliant bloggers to help you along. If you’re looking for something new in the health and fitness department, here are some of my favourites:


Stay all positive and sunshiney with Candy Fit – she’s all about lifting.

For runners, Cait Chock cannot be beat on runner knowledge. Get tips and awesome artwork.

Toronto Runner just lights up my life. Way too much positive energy there. And a budding marathoner!

Amy nourishes you – mind, body and soul. Get ridiculously tasty recipes with some runner love.

Want to laugh? Tri-Girl has a unique way of explaining her triathlon adventures.

Hollie cracks me up. Check out her very real approach to blogging life as a runner.

There are so many blogs out there to love. These are by no means the only ones to try. Every now and then, I’ll post a few more of my favourites.


Today’s Moment

Lazy rain running.


Your turn!

What are some of your favourite blogs?
When was the last time running solved your woes?
Does running cause problems, or just solve them?
Alcohol or a run?

Sometimes your goals get drenched


You know those runs that just make you feel like you could run forever? That you’re invincible? That there’s a reason you lace up those shoes each day?

Today I had one.

My natural state

At 6am, I left the house in the dark, and headed straight into torrential rain. The cars splashed me as I passed. No-one was on the road. I was drenched. I had directions written on my arm. I got lost.

At 7am, I met my running group and ran with them around Olympic Park, mapping the course of the Color Run.

Everything about it was perfect.

So that’s a high for this week’s long run, right?

15km later, and fully carbed up again, guess what I’m doing? Heading out to the mountains for another 24km tomorrow. I am S-M-R-T.

File:ZHomer - Smrt.jpg




Featured Goalies

Remember #Goalgetter2013? 

At the start of each month, everyone is invited to post their goal for the month. At the end of each month, we share an image on instagram to show how we went.

I wanted to feature a couple of good ones – I’m always on the lookout for motivation!

Jill Conyers, who has a most excellent health and fitness blog, wanted to incorporate more strength training into her workout in January. She succeeded!


Jackie smashed her marathon!


Amalia wanted to try new food, smile, and be kinder to others. Those are goals I can get on board with! She claims she had no success to post – but check out this pic:


Want to get on board?

Meet up with fellow Goal Getters using the #goalgetter2013 tag on Instagram and twitter.

Join in with my fellow Goalies -

Abby from Back at Square Zero (IG: backatsquare0)
Gina from Noshing on Asphalt (IG AsphaltNosher)
Kat from Sneakers and Fingerpaints (IG: katsnf)
Mindy from Mindy’sFitness Journey (IG: mindyartze)
Mindy from Road Runner Girl (IG: roadrunnergirl)
Rebecca from Rebecca Roams (IG: RebeccaRoams)
Sarah from Mom Running On Empty (IG: momonempty)


Or grab the button and share!


And February? My goal for February is to run 5km in less than 24 minutes. I’ve never raced a 5km before, so I think it’s realistic!



Mr The Rake has cracked.

Rake advent calendar

Today he:

1. Forgot to shower. Who forgets to shower?

2. Bought a suitcase. Before he went to buy groceries. Guess who got to wheel a suitcase around the supermarket? (He put the groceries in it).

3. I asked him if he’d ever even taken his lunch to work -

Once. I didn’t like it. So I never did it again.

Oh, and Mr The Rake’s goal?

He wanted to

Get morbidly obese and fired from my job

(Context here). So far, he’s been going to the gym, has lost weight, and has had his contract extended.




Today’s Moment

I only wish I had a photo! Running in the rain…and then meeting a friend for a very late, long and lazy brunch. With lots of carbs!



Your Turn!

When was your last perfect running moment?
Have you ever run long runs back to back?
What’s your goal for February?