Never give up (never gonna say goodbye…)


Never gonna give you up…

Hey hey! I am back in the land of the living. I even got a new headband -

It says ‘never give up’, which I think is awesome when running stupidly long distances. Unfortunately, I’m the only one. As soon as I put it on last week, Superwoman gave me the look

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna…

I got Rick Rolled by my headband.

As promised, I did indeed put on my robe and wizard hat (and Mr The Rake promises to explain the origins of this expression for the uneducated;-)).

Now I can legitimately say


When someone pisses me off and I confuse them and walk away. It has no bearing on my intelligence though. This week, I bought a pair of new runners. After a conversation at lunch, I realised they were actually trail shoes, so I took them back and swapped them for these babies:

Sadly, they are too small. Believe me, purple toenails are no fun when you are wearing heels and get off the bus five stops too soon.

Tomorrow, I will wear my old shoes. I plan to run a long way (details tomorrow night!). Long enough to take a gel. Which means:


Run with Kate is an elitist hell hole that demonstrates all that is wrong with the running community

I have to confess to being a bit runner snob lately. The reactions of some of my runner readers weren’t all that appreciative when I posted this on Facebook yesterday:

I’ve been having a lot of fun with my runner pictures. And while I’m all for a little controversy, I didn’t actually mean to offend anyone who trains with one. However, if you use one in a 5km race, we cannot be friends. Sorry. I’m not really sorry.



I’m going to bed so I can wake up and eat the next chocolate frog in my advent calendar and go running (though maybe not in that order).

Ermagherd advent calendar


Today’s Moment:

I met with a new student, and that always makes me smile!


Your Turn!

How do you feel about camelbaks over distance? When would you use one? When is it not acceptable? Does anyone actually give a shit?
Ever had a running shoe malfunction?  
Do you wear gym gear with words on it? (Brands don’t count!)



  1. Congratulations on receiving your degree, now I know who to call when I get thrown in jail.
    I saw your picture yesterday, I thought it was clever. It’s always good to piss people off though, brings more traffic to your site… keep those photos coming! I don’t run with a Camelback unless I am running over 10 miles on a trail where there is no water available. However, everyone is different, I try to respect that.
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  2. jenna says:

    ehhh, i think so many times people get way too worked up and offended by stupid things. they need to relax a bit. you look adorable in your graduation garb. i love how you do the “today’s moment” i think thats way super cute. oh and a new student?! thats super exciting! you are doing amazing things, my love! xxoo

  3. Congratulations, Ms. Lawyer! I’m so happy for you!

    I have never used a camelback, even though I own a few. For long runs I always carry a handheld. I do get a kick out of seeing people wearing one for short distances. We had one boy in cross country that wore his during practice, even for shorter runs. It was summer and about 90 degrees, though, so he was probably the smart one.
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    • Kate says:

      I bet he ran a little faster when he took it off for races! I’ve know a few people who’ve switched to handhelds – I might have to check it out.

  4. Mary says:

    Congrats on your degree Kate! You know, I love a bit of Rick Astley (I’m married to him after all – well – not exactly Rick himself, but hubby is still a sad 80′s man!). I love the headband – I’m actually looking for a motivational medal holder with a similar saying (hopefully Santa will bring me something, I have been a good girl!).

    Re the camelbak – I can’t really comment because my longest distance thus far has been 9k! I do know that I can easily run 5 miles without hydration – though sometimes it’s nice to have a drink if it’s on hand ;) . But it’s not worth people getting offended about it! I have heard about people bringing energy gels on 5k races – I know I’m just a beginning, but I think that takes the biscuit!
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  5. Liz says:

    The question is, do those that wear camel backs care what others think? They probably do give a S@$%. :) I have never used one. They look like they would be heavy. I am already caring around my fair share of extra weight. :)
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    • Kate says:

      You are gorgeous! When I o on a really long run, I occasionally get stupid comments and jeers about my pack. Believe me, I don’t care at all :-) . I just want my powerade!

  6. Bean says:

    Congrats on all that official paper & looking good as a wizard;)! The camelback thing is funny. On my wish list is one so that when I am marathon training I can have water, snacks, phone, magazine for when I get tired and decide to take a break….J/K sort of, etc when I wonder off for multiple miles. But anything under five miles for me doesn’t require a hydration plan- unless it is hot out:).
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  7. Congratulations on that degree Kate!!!!! So proud of you!!!!
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  8. Yay for being an official Lawyer and awesome about new student.

    No camelbak for me. I have a fuel belt I use for 90mins plus but only if Big A can’t come out on the bike and be my water boy ;=)

    Complete oveerkill running with a camelbak for 5k. Unless you are planning on racing with it and want to do all your training with it. Each to their own I guess.

    Enjoy your Long Run!!!
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  9. Congrats on your level-up! I hope the boss-battle wasn’t too hard!! :-D

    On the note of long runs and hydration, I could probably write an essay on it lol.. But I run with fuel belt for 10k plus depending on my course as its nice to carry emergency supplies. I’d rather come home with a full fuel belt than be 5k from home and dieing lol.

    As for camelback, I have one, Ran my first Run Melbourne (see header on my blog) with the camelback. As well as training I used it in races just to avoid the slowdown at drink stations, being able to go wide and run through drink stops was heaps better!

    I switched to fuel belt as it was a lot easier to access, lighter, and can refill on the run. The problem I had with camelback was that because it is on your back you have two issues, your back gets hot and the liquid in the bladder gets warm. So when you get down to the last of the fluid its usually much warmer than you’d like!!
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  10. Maybe it is the distance runner in us… I laughed when I saw someone using a gel at my last 10K. Really?!? REALLY?!?
    A camelback on a short race would make me crack up too.
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  11. awesome headband and even COOLER that u’re rocking some insanely far km’s!! i can’t WAIT to hear all about it girl, and i’m not sure with time zone if u’re done yet, but if u did: i’m sure u kicked major @$$ and if not then u know i’m giving my vote of confidence and cheering u on!
    oh and i LUV the robe pix…seriously, u have so much to be proud of!
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  12. I looooooooooooove the grad pictures!! woohoooo! congrats my dear. Smarty pants!! What a huge accomplishment :D

    I’m a noooo on the camelback!
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