Ten Things Friday

It’s Friday

Oops, that’s Mr The Rake’s favourite song.

No, don’t sing it.

Friday is follow Friday on twitter, so in the spirit if a caring sharing Friday, I want to say that I adore Cait Chock today. She has been incredibly supportive of my running, is the brains behind Arty Runner Chick, a fabulous site on my must read list, and supplied me with the world’s best shirt.

I’m out to chick you…



Quick Brag

I got my official race results from the Canberra 10km during the week, and I’m really pleased with them!

Even better, Poppet ran hers in 52 mins. With NO training. She was born to run. Poppet, if you’re reading this, I think you’re incredible. 

Right, back to me, me, me, me, me…

Dad’s going to love this – stats!

What I’m really excited about is my age group/gender time. 46/421 – I have more speed in me yet – I never intended to be a competitive racer, and it’s a tough age group.

Point is, I’m feeling happy about it today – rather than all mopey and perfectionist.

Share your brag! That’s the rule – one for one. What awesome thing did you do this week? 


10 Questions

Thanks to Phaedra at Blisters and Black Toenails for this one! I’d love to hear your answers, so steal them from the bottom, k?


1. Best run ever?

The Sydney Harbour 10km – I had no idea I could run so easily. I had shin splints, and I was scared, and it was my first 10km race. I loved every second of it, and I got a big PR.

Kate at the end of race


2. Three words that describe your running?

Serious, steady, impatient (I realise these are somewhat contradictory. Deal with it).

3. Your go-to running outfit? 

Cropped leggings, a sports crop, and a mesh tank.

Kate Post 10km

4. Quirky habit while running?

I get louder when I pass people – if I grunt, maybe they’ll feel bad for not working as hard as me (wow, that sounds terrible. Go read Cait’s runner snob article).

5. Morning, midday, evening?

Midday, but it’s been winter. I’m slowly becoming a morning runner.

6. I won’t run outside when it’s

Night-time. I run in any weather but not when I can’t see what’s around me.

Even when it’s raining and Mr The Rake has to get a towel before I can enter the house

7. Worst injury—and how you got over it.

Shin splints – I was new to running and didn’t know that they could get so bad. I had to stop running, and it was a huge learning curve.

Icing my Shin

The old cup of ice massage – I am a pro these days

8. I felt most like a badass mother runner when 

Well… yeah.

But here’s my Mum about to go on a scary ride with me – that’s badass

9. Next race is 

The marathon!

10. Potential running goal for 2013?

I want to work on my 10km – I actually like running now (probably should have sorted that one out before the whole ‘run 42km’ thing) and I’d love to get faster.

The last one


Your Turn!

Best run ever?
Three words that describe your running?
Your go-to running outfit?
Quirky habit while running?
Morning, midday, evening?
I won’t run outside when it’s ____________
Worst injury—and how you got over it.
I felt most like a badass mother runner when _________
Next race is __________
Potential running goal for 2013?



  1. Glenneth says:

    having surgery in november, so my goal race is a new year’s day 5K (walking). LOVE the “chick” shirt. have a great weekend! spa love!
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  2. jenna says:

    i love this!! my best run was when i finally hit 7 miles and didnt even know it! i love to run in the morning. NEVER at night. three words to describe my running are slow, steady, and easy going. i won’t run outside when it’s really hot and muggy or storming. im not signed up for any races currently. my quirky habit really isnt quirky, but i always pray on my runs, and ive never been injured from running except one time when i tripped and fell over myself and completely demolished my knee! it was full of rocks and pavement. SO attractive! hahaha!

    • Kate says:

      Surprise mileage is the best! Especially when no-one tells you until later. I love your three words to run – that sounds like the perfect combination of technique, pace and enjoyment. xx

  3. Amy Lauren says:

    That is an awesome 10K time :) . That’s one of my favorite distances to train for and race too, so I hope mine drops a bit with all the half marathon training I’ve been up to. I love Cait’s blog and twitter too, after all that is how I found yours!

    My best run… good question. Don’t really have a best, but I ran a 10K and PRed (50:18), and the second half I thought about how the kids I coached had finished their 5K and were waiting on me, that kinda pushed me through it!
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  4. I Love it!! Congrats on the 10km time. Add a little bit of speed work in there and you’ll drop that no problem!
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  5. Awesome girl!!! Best run ever….when I ran 12 miles at a 9:45 pace…I haven’t done it since lol (I’m slow normally). Three words that describe my running…slow, steady, focused. Go to running outfit…running skirt, cute shirt, compression socks. Quirky habit while running…I can’t keep my thumbs down! Definitely a morning runner. I won’t run outside when it’s super hot. Worst injury…IT Band hip issues…got over it with lots of rolling and rest. Felt like a badass runner when…I lost my first toenail lol! Next race is…local half marathon on Sept. 30th! Potential running goal for 2013…to run a relay! Thanks! That was fun!!! Have a great weekend girl!!!
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  6. Love learning a little more about you. I might just have to steal those questions (cause they make a great post!).
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  7. Whoa speedy!

    Best run ever? – 5k PR (24:30)
    Three words that describe your running? steady, mental, freeing
    Your go-to running outfit? skort w/sports bra + brooks
    Quirky habit while running? saying “WOO!” when I’m monitoring my breathing to get a good breath in
    Morning, midday, evening? Morning
    I won’t run outside when it’s super duper hot
    Worst injury—and how you got over it. Ganglion cyst on my left foot (TOFP) – rest and re-doing how I lace my shoes
    I felt most like a badass mother runner when I hit my longest run – 14 mi
    Next race is a 15k before the Women’s half!
    Potential running goal for 2013? Full mary??
    SPA <3 :)
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  8. Jenelle says:

    Love the shirt…!

  9. Congrats all around… you grunt at people. LOL. Sounds being passed by you just to experience it.
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  10. omg, kate, u seriously have me blushing! thank u so much for all of your praises and kind words, but i also want u to know how PROUD of u i am and continually excited to see all the progress you’re making.

    here’s one: Favorite Kate picture? That one after u CRUSHED the sydney harbor 10k!!! best. pose. ever. <3

    • Kate says:

      Lol! The best thing about the Rake’s photography is that he always gets the most ridiculous moments,and then doesn’t let on that they’re ridiculous – I just roll with it.

      Thanks Cait xx

  11. Best run ever? Charleston Half marathon – Felt great the whole time
    Three words that describe your running? right now: nonexistant, sad, healing/normally: slow, steady, happy!
    Your go-to running outfit? black Lulu crops with pockets for my phone & keys, Mizuno Wave Creations, any top
    Quirky habit while running? I sing along to some songs without realizing it
    Morning, midday, evening? Evening after work, morning on weekends
    I won’t run outside when it’s snowing!
    Worst injury—and how you got over it. Facing it right now, start PT next week. However, I was out for 3 months from Jan- April and that was lots of rest,
    I felt most like a badass mother runner when I hit that runner’s high where I feel like I could go on forever, or I pass someone who looks in way better shape then me. Eat my dust skinny chick!
    Next race is was MCM October, but defer until next year. I have Charleston half in Dec paid for so hoping to be back for that.
    Potential running goal for 2013? Complete MCM and maybe do a tri.
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    • Kate says:

      Yep, that injury question is not so ‘looking back’ for you. I love your Lulu and Mizuno addictions. I think Mizuno are not Kate-feet-happy shoes, but I definitely want to find my nearest Lulu – it recently hit Oz. And by ‘better shape’ you mean ‘stick insect’ right? Lady, you are in hella good shape.

  12. Liz says:

    Best run ever?
    Three words that describe your running? Slow, Slow and Getting Faster
    Your go-to running outfit? Compression shorts an T
    Quirky habit while running? Don’t have one, I tune everything out.
    Morning, midday, evening? Whenever
    I won’t run outside when it’s ____________ Raining
    Worst injury—and how you got over it. None, Thank God!
    I felt most like a badass mother runner when _________ I ran my fist 5K. :)
    Next race is __________ Zombie Run, here in Afghanistan 10K
    Potential running goal for 2013? Disney 1/2 Marathon

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