Archive for July 24, 2012

Breathe

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She doesn’t want to write the damn thing. She’s had enough really. It’s been two weeks since she last really, really contemplated writing anything down. She’s stopped researching. Instead, she sits.

The thesis clearly doesn’t want to be written.

Or, more accurately, it’s just not that important anymore.

The door slams. She looks up. He’s home already?

She hasn’t even bothered to pick up after herself today. Normally she gives herself some time. She washes the dishes, makes the bed, tidies the piles of pillows and books and magazines and scraps of paper and mugs of half-finished tea and coins she’s picked up, shuffled around, and abandoned in his absence.

He never seems to mind though. He is too good. In the same position she would be upset. A day of no responsibility and still unable to make the bed?

She may as well have sat in her pyjamas.

He’s just glad she’s there.

She looks up at him. Smiles. The evening begins.

 

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In the day time, she has all the space in the world.

But she continues to do as she has for some time now. She runs.

Not away from anything. Nothing that cliché. She runs because she is motivated to. It is one of her newer passions. A project. She runs to a schedule. On the days in between, she spends enough time at the gym that they no longer consider her when she walks in. They simply smile and have the locker key ready.

This time, the middle of the day, is a curious time. It’s intense physical exertion. Pain. Quiet. Pushing yet retreating. It’s reaching for goals but patiently letting the world sail past. She’s making life happen, but she’s finally in balance. She’s making life happen, but she’s also letting it happen. As she begins to run the world rights itself. She can smell the air, taste the salt, breathe life. She makes the choice, but then it takes over. It is in her, through her, more than her.

Sometimes it’s a struggle, but for the most part it happens around her. An hour each day when she can just go.

 

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It all has its place.

This time in her life is one she will always look back to for perspective. For calm. For balance.

Take it slow, give a push, watch it happen. Come to a crashing halt, then sit back and let it go again.

It is only when he arrives home that she remembers how much she needs him. The run is not enough. But equally, she would not be whole without it.

One balances the other. They are not halves of a whole. There are too many things around that. Nor would she ever think of running as an alternative to him.

It’s more that they represent her two selves. The way she uses her body to push against the world. And the way he pulls her back into him, and into herself.

She breathes.

Liebster Award

Little Kate Running

Sorry, What?

The Liebster award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

Rules for receiving this award:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.

2. Then answer the questions the tagger sent for them, plus create 11 questions for the people they’ve tagged to answer.

3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.

4. Notify the people you have tagged.

5. No tag backs.

Kate

Ok, ready!

My 11 Things:

1. My middle name is Elizabeth
2. Whenever I can, I like to eat my food with a spoon. If it’s socially acceptable (and sometimes when it’s not) I’ll use a teaspoon.

Nutella

That’s right, straight out of the jar. Tea-spoon-a-riffic

3. I hate humour that makes someone involved uncomfortable or confused (like prank phone calls). I have way too much empathy.
4. I have no sense of direction. At all. I once got lost inside a friend’s house and couldn’t find the front door.
5. Half way through my arts/law degree, I cracked the shits, took a year off and worked in an environmental company. It was one of the best things I have ever done, and it helped me to get some perspective on the ‘real’ world.

 

International Law Society

Then I came back to uni and got involved with the ANU International law Society. Rocking the purple shirts!

6. I get easily irritated around and about the people I love. My mum calls it being ‘prickly’ – I really need a hug, but don’t flipping touch me.
7. I have a phobia of throwing up.

Uni

Which doesn’t mean I won’t go out for a big night given a chance…

8. I am tall (on the edge of 5’9″ and 5’10″)
9. I tutor primary and high school students, and I love it
10. I’ve won an award for my speaking/litigation skills at a US-based international law mooting (trial court) competition.

My team!

Emily and I at the Stetson IEMCC

 

11. I study law but have no intention of being a lawyer. Instead, I plan to go into business.

Abby’s Questions for Me

1. Why did you start blogging?

As a project to document and look back on my own experience leading up to my first marathon AND to see how running a website works (I’m in marketing).

2. What has been your favorite part of the experience so far?

The community, both of family/friends and their support and story sharing, and the new people I’ve met along the way.

3. If you could gain one thing from blogging what would you hope it brings to you?

Tough one Abby! I think I want the running community more than anything. I want to learn that somewhere I’m considered normal for running.

Trail Walk

But I do have some fairly fit and active friends!

4. What are you most looking forward to right now?

Graduating!

Mr The Rake's Graduation

Mr The Rake graduated last year – jealous!

5. What do you do when you are stressed?

Reach for the valium Talk at someone for an hour or so, until they back away awkwardly, and then hit the gym/pavement.

6. What is one food you could not live without?

No-brainer. Yogurt. I’m eating it while I type this post.

Yogurt and Peanut Butter

In fact, I’m eating it with a teaspoon.

7. If you could only watch one TV show a week what would it be?

Community. It suits my attention span, and it’s the perfect relief at the end of a long day.

8. Where is your dream vacation?

The destination doesn’t matter so long as it’s really warm, and way out of my price-range.

Kate in Thailand

Thailand is the warmest, most luxurious place I’ve been so far

9. What is one goal you are currently working towards?

My honours thesis. I will finish my honours in law at the end of the year. My topic is eco-labelling in international trade law.

10. Do you have any children or fur babies?

Sadly no, but I grew up with cats, a dog, budgies, frogs, fish and brothers.

My brother's 21st

My family and I at my brother’s 21st last year.

11. Favorite ice cream or fro-yo flavor?

Mint choc-chip.

My Questions

1. Is this your first blog? If not, where did you start?

2. Where were you born?

3. What’s something that you’ve done that you’re incredibly proud of?

4. What’s something you got into trouble for at school?

5. What do you like most about yourself right now?

6. Who is your biggest fan?

7. What sport do you follow?

8. Do you have a hidden talent? (Or not so hidden!)

9. When do you blog?

10. Is there anyone who doesn’t know about your blog who you’ve avoided telling?

11. Name a song you can’t get enough of at the moment.

11 People – You Just Got Tagged

1. Triathlon Mami

2. Run Kimmie Run

3. Running and Baking, Oh My

4. Just Plodding Along

5. BetterBelieveFit

6. Pia Will Run

7. The Girl That Runs

8. All For Gain

9. Run on Organic

10. The Beginners Runner

11. Being Nire Notrom

Great, awesome, tagged, …go!

Training Update and the Power Plank

Update

I am still taped up and not running. I’m doing everything I can to make sure it heals asap! Between podiatry, physio and being stubborn, it hopefully shouldn’t take too long, just a big whack to the credit card.

 

Rocking the Runners

That’s right, I’m back to wearing my runners EVERYWHERE. Check out my video and you’ll see the classic ‘runners and a skirt’ look.

 

While I’m not running, I’m trying to do a zillion other things to keep my fitness up. For me, that’s some water running, elliptical work, and some cycling, while being really careful not to aggravate things.

Which leads to…planking

I’m still doing strength work, including my core. So how better to remind myself than Plank A Day?!

I got bored with a regular plank last week – so I videoed mine and told a story. You know, just for funsies.

 

But now it’s time to step it up a notch – and this is where you come in!

The #PowerPlank challenge is on Monday – 8 planks in 8 hours.


 


[The rules are simple:

  • 1 plank each hour
  • Time your plank and save a screen shot to instagram

Those of you on facebook know all about it by now!

Facebook Plank Love

Facebook Plank Love

 

Head to Road Runner Girl or Running and Baking, Oh My for competition details to win a couple of specially made shirts.

I will be at uni, looking bizarre, so I would be grateful for some plankers/photographers!

Looking forward to planking with you, and to some great photos!

Today’s Moment

I went to the gym – after hours (I had dinner at about 10pm, so it’s cool, right?). My little key let me in!

Your Turn

Are you going to join the #PowerPlank challenge?
What’s holding you back from what you want to be doing?
What’s your embarrassing wardrobe combo?

 

Wordless Wednesday – be less serious!

Cow masks!

The Mental Run #1

 

When the going gets tough, the tough … continue running. How do you cope with a hard, overwhelming run? I’m no expert, and I have had my share of terrible runs. But from those runs, I’ve started to sort out what works for me and what doesn’t.

Running Brain

Why #1?

  1. I plan to add to this as the runs get further and harder
  2. I want your input for the next one!

 Just get to the end

This is what I call the ‘don’t stop challenge’. No matter what, you will finish that workout. And you probably want to get it over with faster, rather than slower. Sure, you can walk if you want to, you have the go the entire hour/10km/30 mins anyway.

But why walk in the heat/with a blister/on sore legs/feeling down when you can just run it?

Tell yourself you can do it however you want, but you have to complete the workout. It might turn out better than you expect!

*Naturally this is terrible advice if you’re actually sick or injured – get thyself back to bed if that’s the case!

I don't stop when I'm tired, I stop when I'm done

Break it up

When I was little, and one of my textas was running out, I would divide my colouring into sections. So, if I were colouring in a big tree, and my brown texta was dying, I would divide the trunk into little triangles, colouring each triangle. It didn’t give the texta any more ink, but it gave me more direction, and it made the tree trunk look better, instead of just randomly faded.

The same applies to running. If it’s a really hard one, try giving yourself ‘compartments’. If you have 45 mins to go, tell yourself you can make it to 30 and then it will be easier. Or, in 15 minutes you can turn around for your next lap. Same goes for distances. Don’t think about the end, think about the next milestone.

2km_to_Go

Think positive, run positive

It’s all about attitude, and, deep down, you know it. To run well, you have to be confident you can run well. Unless it’s your first run – ever – you’ve done this distance or a similar distance before.  Remind yourself that you can do it – you’ve done it before. If it’s starting to feel hard with 10km to go, just remember that you’ve run 10km before. Easily. So now is no different. It might not feel great, but you’re perfectly capable of doing it, so do it.

Positive affirmations can help too :-)

. Don’t let the excuses (rational or not!) win. Whatever it takes, tell yourself what you need to hear.

‘I am strong’

‘I can do this’

‘This is easy’

Even just smiling as you go!

Affirmation!

Forget about the running

Move outside of yourself. Check out the view, perve on other runners. Be critical! Think about a time and a place that makes you happy. Think about the amazing shower and meal you’ll have when you get home.

Remind yourself why you are running – picture that finish line, the smaller dress, the reward.

When all else fails, hold on to something you trust. It might be someone you love, or a particular saying. If I really can’t forget about the running, I go back to step 1.

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Slow Down

Running is supposed to be fun. It’s why most of us do it. As soon as it isn’t fun, something is wrong. And if you’re feeling like it’s too hard from the beginning, it might be time to take it a bit easier.

Is it warmer than usual? Are you unwell? Have you not had a proper warm-up? Ease into it and find a comfortable level. You don’t need a PR every time. Run for the sake of running, and have fun!

Slow is not bad!

Your Turn!

What are your tricks and tips for a difficult run?

 

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