It’s too hard

Exciting news! I’ve reached my $2000 target for the Butterfly Foundation! 3 weeks away from M-Day, we’re sitting at $2,050. This is an incredible effort – and I want to say thank you all so much! Of course, there’s no maximum, so do keep going…


What do you do when it’s all too hard?

Some days just suck. I would love to feel happy and smiley every day. At most, I hope for my daily ‘moment’ – and Jenna can always provide a Daily Smile when the going gets tough!

Way too on point for me today was Cait’s post – One Single Word that is Holding your Running Back the Most. And then last week Sarah had a bit of a motivation lag with How do you stay motivated on the way to your big goals?‘.

Over the last few days I’ve been a bit ‘blah’ -


I still got my workout in, but I’ve definitely had better days! For my 8km run, I went back to ‘I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done’. It is my favourite running mantra, and it never fails to see me through.

And all of this has me wondering about tactics to keep going when it’s just a bit shit.

Like when you wash your child’s cell-phone -

Or you find yourself some place you shouldn’t be (pancakes, anyone?) -

Go home door


Point is, some days are just ‘blah’, and some days it’s all too hard.


So I’m throwing it out to the floor – what do you do when ‘it’s too hard’?


Little J makes life colourful:



I keep this as my desktop background:

You will


There’s almost always a moment that makes you smile though!

Today’s Moment

Tonight, I spent half an hour talking with an amazing mother at work – she made me know that I had a positive impact in her daughter’s life – and that means more than a ‘blah’ day.

Your Turn!

What do you do when ‘It’s Too Hard’?
Tell me something fun!



  1. Sarah says:

    I’m so proud of you! Even though you had a blah day, you still made it happen! It inspires me to keep going. And as for something fun besides the cell phone ‘incident’ the dog decided to go for a short run this morning without permission and had everyone chasing him around to come back home!!! Life sure is exciting over here ;)
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  2. Jenna says:

    Awh,Kate!! So glad i can give u that daily smile!! I love u girl! So happy you’ve reached your goal for fundraising! That is stellar!! I’m so proud of you for working so hard! When things get tough I pray, pray, pray, and ask god to help me out and take care of the situation. He never fails! Of course I also love the silly things to like a fun trip to the mall or a movie just to get my mid away! Hang in there love!! You’re fantastic and you’re gonna make it! Xo

  3. Liz Finch says:

    LOVE your background on your computer. :) Umm…. something fun…. I’m trying to get off of coffee. Wait, that’s actually more suck-ish than fun. Oh, I’m signed up for my first 1/2!!! :-)
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    • Kate says:

      I got that onto my computer when I started my honours thesis – mostly as a reminder to sop procrastinating and get it done!

      Congrats on signing up for the half! That’s awesome. When is the race?

  4. Liz says:

    When it’s too hard, I give in to the forces around me and sit my chair with my feet kicked up and watch something I enjoy on my computer. But I don’t expect you to do that Kate. You got a race to run! :) Just kidding. I don’t know. I am so oblivious to the world around me most of the time. I just take it easy until the loving feeling of working out comes back. I know, I am absolutely no help. :)

    I am working with a designer to get some logos made for my blog. That has been fun. I know it is kind of nerdy too, but oh well. It is the small things that make me happy. :)
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    • Kate says:

      Lol! The chair and the computer are my go-tos as well :-) . The working out is ok- I do somehow manage to do it each day, and every day gets better for it :-D .

      The logos are so exciting! I’m planning on doing it sometimes soon, so I don;t think you’re nerdy at all

  5. Kat says:

    Great job hitting that goal girl! I always think about how far I’ve come to get through tough days! SPALove
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    • Kate says:

      Aw thanks Kat! That’s a good reminder actually – I’m terrible at looking back. I’m one of those people with a mind constantly on the future. I never stop to thin about what’s already been amazing. xx

  6. You’re doing great Kate!!! We all have crappy days….I usually wallow in my self pity for a bit before I snap out of it and tell myself to think of all the things I am blessed with. And that things could be a lot worse. Hugs!!!
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  7. Congrats on reaching your fundraising goal! Yes, I have those blah days or weeks… sometimes I just need to back off my “to do” list or step back from training, and focus on the things that I want to do in those moments… nap? read? call a friend? Hope you’re through it soon!
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    • Kate says:

      Hey Laura! Thank you – and those are great things to do on a ‘blah’ day. Little J and I ended up going out for dinner together – it was excellent :-)

  8. Jen says:

    Great job on the fundraising! I think it happens to us all, blah days and then we get out of that and feel better. You are at the point in marathon training where your body is at it’s peak and ready to rest some. I went through the same thing a couple weeks ago. Hang in there, relax and try to focus on the good :)
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    • Kate says:

      That’s good to know Jen! My body has just caved in for a couple of days – it’s saying ‘stop for a bit!’ so I’m writing this while sitting in bed and enjoying the warmth :-D . x

  9. Kierston says:

    Step back, take a deep breath and breathe.

    Not every day is going to be a great day…but every day is a new day to learn something new about yourself :)
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  10. Oh yes there are blah days!

    You are so close! So exciting!!! Forget the big picture and just focus on each days training (or rest as it may be) as it comes! Enjoy each run. Sleep, sleep, sleep and fuel & hydrate.

    2.5 weeks of being super nice to your body.

    Got time to treat yourself to a massage or take those legs to the beach and get them in the salt water?

    Enjoy some mental & physical relaxation girl. Marathon training can become so all consuming. Switch off for a bit!

    :) XX

  11. Dad says:

    Did Little J pay for dinner or did he pocket the money I gave him?

  12. Jenelle says:

    I have to admit, I have had days where I need to stop, re-adjust a goal/run/etc and start again OR I stick with it and remind myself, “you’re still going, pace isn’t awful, you’ve got this!”

  13. I used to binge eat like a mo-fo when things got tough, but now I try to call my bestie and vent. She hears from me a lot. She probably wishes I would just overeat and leave her alone.
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  14. TriGirl says:

    We certainly all have those days (sometimes weeks). It will get better…I’ve been blah lately too.

    I now want to know what you do for your job :)
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    • Kate says:

      Sucks that you’ve been blah too! In my expert opinion, it has to do with the change in season. Don’t contradict me! I’m a tutor, and I’m getting ready to open my own tutoring centre. So last night was a wonderful affirmation that I’m on the right career path :-)

  15. thanks for the shout out and i’m glad u liked my post! :) argg, things can sure as heck put us through the wringer sometimes. and i get thru it a few different ways, if it’s because i feel tired and meh on a run, i remember how much better i’ll feel after it’s done. and i always remember how crappy i would feel if i just blew it off.

    for things that are REALLY hard, like big life obstacles i can get overwhelmed if i look any further ahead than the moment i’m in. i seriously don’t even think about the next day…get thru one hour at a time.

    XOXO and u can get thru any tough time, of that i kno! :)
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    • Kate says:

      One hour at a time is a great tactic. And you’re absolutely right – I always finish the workout because that is so, so much better than not doing it at all. You are such a fantastic cheerleader. I love all of your posts – and sometimes they are right on point, in a weird yet comforting way :-D

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