Looking Back

 

This post is all mushy and grateful and important to me – and I totally understand if you have to go and do something more interesting.

I’ll give you some fun first though:

1. Mr The Rake just put his hand out to show affection and I managed to punch myself in the face. Fail.

2. I did my #wickedwallies for the Girls Gone Sporty challenge and this was the photo:

Wallies

I’m too sexy for my skirt…so sexy it huuuurts. (I’ve told you I don’t wear pants right?)

 

3. We got some photos back from Prom!


I’m too sexy for my hat, too sexy for my hat….

 


Best face evah

 

In fact, if you like, here are a few blog friends that have made me really, really happy over the last few days:

These fabulous ladies have been an incredible support and I adore them. When you have time, check them out.

Ok, so you know I’m writing mega epic thesis at the moment, but I stop at night time (when I can!) and take some time out. Blog post time is possibly my favourite time of the day. And it’s a BIG week, so I’m feeling particularly reflective.

 

Getting to Sunday

6 sleeps!

Over the last year, so much has happened. I decided to run this marathon back in October 2011. It’s been a year of preparation and crazy, and for the first time in a long time I found my mind wandering back today.

Kate before Fartlek training

I am so incredibly grateful for all the things I’ve learned, the people I’ve met, and the big changes that this has meant for my life.

 

Training

Start with the basics, right?

The training itself has been a huge learning curve. I had to learn to run. From 5km at a time, I somehow built my way to 18km. And then discovered that that pain in my shins actually mattered…

And so began all the injuries


These are all the bits that got injured over the last 12 months

 

And that’s when I met my doctor, physio, podiatrist and the magic man, my chiropractor.

Between them, these are the bits of my anatomy I had to strenghten:


All the muscles I got to work on

And there was a healthy dose of hypochondria in here as well.

Crying

 

Icing my Shin

 

In fact, looking back, I can see a bit of stubborn in there too. When I had to stop running, I didn’t do the sensible thing and go back to the couch.

Instead, I took up water running, changed my interval training (when I could use my legs again!) and found out that when someone is on your side and wants to help you meet your goal, that’s the person who should be treating you.

I did half of my long runs on the elliptical when I couldn’t run more than 5km without pain, and somehow, I got enough fitness to run the beast.

I even got in a couple of races on the way…

Kate at the end of race

Sydney Harbour 10km and my first finisher’s medal

Support

I have met the most incredible people through the blog – people I didn’t know this time last year.

On Saturday, I am catching up with some people I’ve never met before who are also running the marathon. One in particular has been a real source of support and encouragement.

The bloggers and tweeps who egg me on are incredible. They know who they are, and I love them.

My family have been amazing, and Mr The Rake is always there to pick up the pieces. Including over the last week when marathon-honours-business-law comp-travelling all got a bit too much (thanks love!).

 

These people have helped me to hit my target for the Butterfly Foundation! As of today, we’re at $2,095. The Butterfly Foundation assists those with eating disorders – plenty of information here. 

 

Food

On that note, I have learned an awful lot about my body, and how to better respect it.

Carbs are no longer the devil.

Once upon a time, my dinner was a chicken salad, and lunch was the same, just smaller.

Today, I was shocked to realise that I’ve become totally ok with eating Subway (shock horror take away) in BREAD. On the same day as I ate a burrito, with CHEESE.





AND I followed it up with ricotta cheesecake. Even though it’s a taper week!


I have become more comfortable with my body, and I focus more on what it can do, rather than how it looks. I had no idea these legs could take me 32km. 

Showering in my clothes

All I wanted was a diet coke and a shower. Only one option was available.

 

It’s been amazing. I can’t quite believe how much has changed, and how much I’ve learned.

Blisters, early nights, marathon tantrums, injuries, icy early morning runs and money spent on rehab are all worth it. Regardless of Sunday’s result.

Thanks everyone!

 

Your Turn!

What can you do today that you couldn’t do a year ago?
What are you feeling good about today? (Go check out Mental Monday too, of course!)

 

28 comments

  1. jenna says:

    all i want to do is give you a giant hug and say YOU ROCK! YAY YOU! and WAY TO GO!!! i absolutely LOVED reading this look back through your journey because i didnt know you when it began. i am so proud of you for how far you have come! the things you have learned and the ways you have grown are so amazing!!!! you should be so porud of yourself too, because you are AMAZING!!! oh, and btw. you look gorgeous in the prom pics!!! have a fantastic end to your day! <3 xo

  2. Girl I am sooooo excited for you!!! You are going to do sooo great at your marathon!!! I had no idea you had so many injuries along the way…love how you overcame them by not giving up! You are such an inspiration!!! I will be cheering you on here in Alabama for sure!!!
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  3. Liz says:

    You are totally easy to root for. :) I loved your post today. Lizzy loves you back. :) When I come to Australia, I am coming to see you. Don’t ask me when that is, but I am coming.

    What can I do this year that I could not last year….run at least 6 miles. The thought never even crossed my mind then.

    I am feeling good about my new friends also. :) :) :)
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  4. Jenelle says:

    So much to be proud of! Oh, and I love the pics!

  5. Kat says:

    Keep on trekkin’ girl!
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  6. look how FAR u’ve come!! awww, shucks i’m soooo honored to be able to be a part of Team Kate’s support crew! honestly, i’m so excited for u and have thoroughly enjoyed reading the journey. girl u’re freaking hilarious but SMART as he## too, the perfect combo to make ur blog engaging but informative. and we can’t help but all be rooting for u to kick @$$! :) XOXO

  7. Hey girl! Thanks so much for the shout out and same as already said its an honour to be on Team Go Kate and it sure has been fun reading all about your journey. You will absolutely kill it on Sunday and then I can’t wait to see what Kate does next!!!

    I think I saw a tweet that your draft was done!?!? Party time :)

    The Mr Rake is going to enjoy having you all to himself…. Or at least until the next running season! Canberra next April? ;)
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    • Kate says:

      You are fantastic! Yes – draft got done; such a relief. Though in a couple of weeks it will be a push to get the final version in. Mr The Rake is going to have no idea what to do with me in the house. Lucky I have lots of plans for more running! As you probably know all too well, there always has to be something on the horizon.

  8. Kierston says:

    You are going to rock it Kate!!! I know it!

  9. That’s a pretty amazing year, Kate! I’m so excited for you to go conquer this marathon!
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  10. Emma Green says:

    Kate, I’m so happy that I found you through twitter and came across your website! You are such an inspiration, and I can’t wait to hear all about your marathon! I am hoping to run one someday, but my plans have been put on hold for the moment because I’m expecting a baby. So I love reading blogs where I can live vicariously through the marathon goals of others :)
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    • Kate says:

      Thanks so much Emma – I love meeting new people via Twitter, and I’m excited to have found you and your site as well! Congratulations – how long until you get to meet bub? That’s fantastic. I know what you mean – I read through other journeys and race caps so often – my favourite way to spend spare time (runner nut much?!)

      • Emma Green says:

        Thanks!! I’m due on Feb. 28th but his birth is going to be scheduled due so I’m thinking that he may come a little earlier! I’m at 20 weeks right now, so halfway there! I can’t wait to get my body back and meet the little guy – I’m sure it will go by faster than I can even imagine!

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