I’ve been waiting for you (half marathon recap)


Dear everyone – please find below a series of very unflattering photos, which ruin what was otherwise an AWESOME race So awesome, in fact, that you get a full recap. Which very rarely happens. Unless I run a marathon.

*There’s less sharting in this story.*


The SMC Road Race Half Marathon

Half marathon number 2 happened. And it really didn’t go anything like the plan.

Donna and I waiting to run (the race was dedicated to Boston)

Donna and I waiting to run (the race was dedicated to Boston)

After last weekend’s mediocre effort (note to self – cake and tempure prawn do not a good pre-race day meal make), I still felt pretty wrecked, so the plan for Sunday’s SMC half marathon was simply to run, go with the flow, and enjoy a pleasant long run.

For once, I ran naked – no garmin, no heart-rate monitor, no watch, no phone. Just me. It’s not that I’ve never run without gadgets before, but I’ve never been in a timed race without them. I figured I had nothing to lose if I just worked off how I felt.

It turns out I feel a hell of a lot better than my watch thinks I do.

I picked a man in front of me – green guy, and kept pace behind him for awhile. He was met 3km in by a girl in a pink belt, who I think might have been his daughter. I’m fairly sure she beat him, which is pretty great, given his surprise when she caught him -

What are you doing up here?!

Green man and pink belt became my targets in the first 10km. I estimated that we’d finish the first 10km loop in about 55 mins.

Can you spot pink belt?

Can you spot pink belt?

Taking a step back, my PR for a 10km is 50:20. For a half marathon, I’d only ever run Canberra, which took me about 1:57:xx.

I was feeling pretty good when I passed green man coming down a hill after 8km, but I’m sure you can imagine my shock when I rounded the final corner and saw the clock at the 10km mark – 50:26.


I’d just busted out one of my fastest 10km ever, and I still had a lap to go.

Say what?

Say what?

At that point, I hit race mode.

Which was unfortunate, because it was at that moment that Green Man bloked me. 

In the most non-creepy way I could manage, I called out:

I’ve been waiting for you

To his credit, he laughed, and told me he had to save some fuel for the hill ahead.

Fair point. I hadn’t thought of that. Turns out that hills are even more brutal the second time around.

No drama. I realised I probably wasn’t going to get a negative split, but was still feeling good. At this point, I was thinking that if I could just keep moving, I might be able to come in under 1:55.

Then the cruellest thing of all happened. At this race, the course in 5km long, meaning that once a half marathoner hits 20km, they reach the finish line, only to have to turn around and go back 500m to make up the final km. It felt like the world’s looooooongest kilometre.

Are you serious? Again?

Are you serious? Again?

In the self-satisfied way that only a runner would understand, I finally, finally turned that last corner to the finish line, cheering myself because everyone else was busy eating sausages.

I crossed the line at 1:48:46.

All over.

All over.

I think I have a new favourite distance.


Your Turn!

What is your favourite distance to run? 
What’s the next BIG race you have on your calendar? 
Have you ever run a race ‘naked’?




  1. Kat says:

    WOW way to kill it girl! Halfs are my fave!
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  2. Jen says:

    Great job! I love halfs too :) SOmetimes running “naked” is the key to great races ;)
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  3. Mari says:

    Wow, serious speedster! Definitely the half is my favourite distance, but I’m running the marathon on May 5th. I don’t think I’ve ever run a race naked before, but I have a 5K on Saturday that I’m considering running without my Garmin.

  4. Michele says:

    Great race, Kate!!!! Nice pace!
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  5. Hollie says:

    UMM wow that is brutal and I can’t even imagine. I can’t even imagine running so close and then having that 1k to go. I would have also been extremely torked off. Great job and half marathons are certainly my favorite distance by far.
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    • Kate says:

      Glad I’m not the only one thinking that it’s evil! I love reading your half recaps. Got a few coming up soon> It’s the perfect procrastination!

  6. jenna says:

    check you out girl!!! what a great time! way to rock it! love you!! :o D

  7. Wow! Great job! Goes to show that you never know how a race will turn out.
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  8. Cecilia says:

    Well done Kate! I’ve always had a displeasure for courses with multiple loops – but if I like doing half marathons (and I’ll be doing my first in a few weeks), I suppose it’s something I’m going to have to deal with!
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    • Kate says:

      Thanks so much Cecilia – not all halfs have loops. You’ll have to suss out the good ones! This one was odd because they run a monthly race where you can do a 5, 10, half or 30km. For a local race, I should just suck it up :-) .

      I’m excited for you with the half! Checking in to read about it now…

  9. TriGirl says:

    Oh man, that’s a rough last kilometre! But holy moly what a finish time! I have a half on Sunday–so excited!
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  10. A FRICKIN MAZING Kate!!!! That is a fantastic time :) I think that going “naked” really takes a lot of the pressure we put on ourselves during a race to stick with a pace/time/feeling. Also that last 1km loop is a really cruel joke. Gross. So far Halfs are my fave distance too… although a fast 5k with good speed training isn’t far off either :)
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    • Kate says:

      Thanks so much Beka! I loved this run so much, and I was actually thinking of my runner friends in the blog world as I went. Much love x

  11. #HolyCRAP You are fast! Liek I knew you were fast, but wow. I can’t forms words.
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  12. Hooray! It is letting me comment! Congrats on NOT sharting! Ha! And thank you for that belly laugh. And WOW you ran that fast!!!
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  13. Amy says:

    Dear lordie Miss Kate! You are one fast lady! I now have another feat to add to my list of why you are a super hero in my mind :)
    So, if you race at the Gold Coast this year, will you wait for me? I’ll be about 30mins behind you…
    Congratulations on an awesome race, and finding your perfect distance :)
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  14. Holly KN says:

    Hahahah. Love being able to use people like Green Guy and Pink Belt to keep motivation high! :)

    I don’t think I’ve ever raced naked, but I do a fair bit of trail running/racing, and sometimes that might as well be naked, since the terrain and elevation are so variable, you never know what to expect, pace-wise.

    I recently did a half marathon that ended almost the same way – 500 m out and back to the finish. And that was in the blazing sun, and merging with a sea of 10K runners, too. It. Was. Icky. Physically – AND MENTALLY! So I hear ya. Believe me, I hear ya!

    Awesome race, though – an unexpected PR is always a terrific bonus! :)
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  15. FU#K YEA!!! love on so many levels, try not to be epic here in replying:
    1) power to running naked, think we have a breakthru for u there
    2) AWESOME way to pick people and reel them in, ‘zone out’ and keep the race focus
    3) finishing picture…u effing went all out, i’m SOO pumped and proud of u! not just for so fast but because i think mentally u had a HUGE breakthru…u’re tougher than u thought. :)

  16. Amalia says:

    AMAZING! What a great time, and sounds like a fantastic race. I want to get out and run so baddddd
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