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Beating Oprah

Beating Oprah

Today is one month since the marathon. Wow. That went fast! And guess what? I’m no longer a crazy lady. Looking back, I have no idea how I got through the last semester – but life feels a hell of a lot calmer right now.

Speaking of marathoning, Every Day Health has an article at the moment with some fun marathon facts. I had forgotten about the ‘Oprah Line’ – I totally beat Oprah’s marathon, and I well and truly smashed Katie Holmes (look, sometimes you have to one up yourselves with celebrities.



And every now and then,  a kid at work wets his pants all over the floor.

Yeah. You heard me.

Some muppet brought their child in to the gym, which really isn’t allowed. The trainer gave him an ipad (he was about 8), and he spent the next 45 minutes getting a virtual car, with virtual tyres, out of virtual mud. It was virtually loud.

Kate gym

Not what I had in mind…
And yes, I may need some extra motivation with the unpacking!

Then I looked down and noticed a puddle. I asked if it was there when he sat down,  and he shrugged it off. It wasn’t until later when we realised the chair was wet that I knew he had had an accident. Jenna – where were you!? I could have used you mad small people skills. I feel sorry for him – it must have been really embarrassing. BUT a child wet himself in front of me today. 10 points. I’m just that scary.


Cross-training and my god-damn carbs

Ok friends, what’s your cross-training of choice? Right now, I’m loving the elliptical and rower in a big way – I busted out a nice 9km before work (man it helps when you work where you work out), and then was a grump for the rest of the afternoon because I forgot that I need sugar after exercise. I swore when the clean eating PTs got all up in my grill about eating bread.

Chelsea brought me cupcakes!

I am getting so much better at not restricting my diet to extremes. For now, the cake is mine.

On that note – I am really over the clean eating thing. I get it, and it makes sense. But when it gets to the extent that you can judge someone for having gluten in their soy-lin bread…seriously? If you want to live like a monk, that’s cool. I’ll take whatever sugar you’re trying to get rid of.

Oh, and enjoy my life.

Actually – some of you are pretty good at clean eating. … … got any sugar you’re trying to get out of the house?

I hope I haven’t horrendously offended anyone – but alarm bells start ringing for me when unsolicited advice comes in the form of fat-free protein for breakfast and never eat grains.


Today’s Moment

Convincing a girl to come in for a PT session – it’s awesome to get a call where someone actually takes up the motivation they need.


Your Turn!

Ever had a workplace ‘incident’ involving a child?
If you’ve run a marathon, who have you beaten?
Cross-training of choice?


Be the Chameleon

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the last few months, it’s that humans are incredibly adaptable. Our minds and bodies can do amazing things, and it’s absolutely worth just going along for the ride.

On the human brochure bus – ready to ride!


Running is a wonderful teacher in that way. Bodies change, adapt, and bounce back. Two and a half weeks post-marathon, I am back into speed sessions – the kind that leave me on the railings, trying not to throw up (oh to be a runner – that fine line between ‘push on’ and ‘find a bathroom, stat!’).


Kate Running 10km in Cairns


My time in Florida taught me that we can conquer fear and anxiety, and stand up tall, face our competitors, and come out smiling (this was a law trial competition – I know you were confused there!). It also taught me that even after eating weeks of terrible food, working through the night and battling jet lag, bodies can deal with short-term stress, and within weeks my jeans fit again, and I was able to get through my exams.


Kate in Florida

A very jet-lagged Kate in a very sunny garden at Stetson Law School, Florida


Finally, I have now.

It’s pretty obvious that I’m working stupid hours getting this thesis ready for Monday’s submission. It feels like the last 10km of a marathon – painful, fuzzy and slow.

From time to time, it’s ok to chill.

To chill about what you’re eating.


To have some fun.

To study with friends.

Late Night Study

Lil and the Law Man

To work until 2am.

To take an unplanned rest day!

Be the chameleon – what have you got to lose?


Today’s Moment:

When we ordered a pizza tonight, I asked them to draw love hearts on the box, because I needed a smile, and maybe they’d like one too.


Inside the pizza box



Your Turn!

How do you ‘be the chameleon’?
When is it time to chill, and allow some things to slip to the back burner?
What has running taught you about life?


*To my lovely blogging friends – I am so sorry I haven’t been able to do as much reading and commenting lately. I’m trying to make sure I get everyone every few days. I haven’t forgotten you! I’m coming back – I’m just staring into the abyss of words and it’s a little all-consuming!


So much can happen in a year!


I am a runner.

I wondered what would happen after the marathon - particularly being of the neurotic, highly strung, perfectionist type.

Oh no – what if I don’t have a goal?

What if I put on weight? Or worse, what if I never lose the weight I put on while training?!

What if I just don’t actually like running all that much?



So here’s the go:

It’s fine. In fact, it’s better than fine.

Post-marathon, I am feeling blissful and in a ‘I can run however long or far I like’ state. Right now, I am running for joy. I can change it up, go shorter or longer, and run when I feel like it. Not liking running? Too late! I’m hooked.

Kate Running 10km in Cairns

In some ways, the weight stuff was the hardest to come to terms with. Nothing major, or even noticeable, but after years of wanting to be as skinny as possible, I wondered how this would go.

It’s ok.

It’s not perfect. It’s going to be a long time before (if ever) I stop caring. But for now, my body seems to be pretty good at finding its happy state. Already, I can see it starting to go back to pre-taper, and that’s about good enough!

You know how I do #PlankADay? Over time, as training progressed, I could see my abs being blurred out. And it didn’t stress me out as much as I thought it would.

From top left, to bottom right, this is (from before the marathon7 weeks out, 4 weeks out, 2 weeks out, 2 days out (carb-load day!):

I’m not asking for ‘you look amazing’ comments here – I want to document that bodies change, and being stronger and fitter and healthier doesn’t always mean thinner.

The marathon has been one of the biggest leaps forward for me body-image wise. If you’re brave enough, share an ‘aha’ moment below.


An Epic Year

Most of you know that while thesis is happening, this is my life right now:

study face

All night…


But I also try to have some fun and enjoy the sunshine!

Earlier today


I was reflecting on this year today, and the more I think about it, the more epic I realise it’s been. And as difficult as it has been to balance everything, it all came at the perfect time, and my life is so much better for all of it!

At the end of last year, Mr The Rake and I were evicted from our house. Then he found out he was going to be working in Sydney. For 6 months, I lived in Canberra and we took turns alternating weekend visits.


While all of this was going on, I was working stupidly long hours with Emily, and learning to moot, which meant constant pressure as we faced rapid fire questions and endless critique from judges. Then we spent a few weeks in the US, doing more of the above – except with competition, and points…and jetlag.

My team!

Emily and I at the Stetson IEMCC

It was amazing, if exhausting. In the spirit of reflection, I dug out my travel email today:

After we got knocked out of the competition, we got to check out the Gulf of Mexico after a much-coveted sleep in on our first Saturday in the US. Because I am wise, I elected to not shower, chuck on my gym clothes, and run on the beach. After the grand final, an awards ceremony, an impromptu drinking session in a hotel, a fancy dinner, and getting absolutely smashed with the Irish teams and our host ‘Dad’, I got home on Sunday morning, still in my gym gear.

Classy! Also – how runner chick of me!

As soon as that was over, we hurtled back to Oz in time for exams, I made the move to my half Sydney/half Canberra life, continued marathon training, and began the thesis.

Then I started blogging.

Then I decided to start a business.

Then I ran a marathon.


And now we’ve nearly reached the end of the year. In 10 days, the thesis will be in, and in 11 days, I will be a permanent Sydney resident. In 12 days, I begin a  new job.

I have loved every exhausted, panicked, epic, rewarding moment of this year.

I hope next year is a little quieter though.


Today’s Moment

Basking in the sunshine!


Your Turn!

What has been the highlight of your year?
What is an achievement you’re proud of?
Are you brave enough to share a body moment?


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:


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.



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.



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


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. 



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!)


Rule of 3


Tuesday already? That little clock on the sidebar just keeps on ticking. I’m 11 days away from running the longest distance I’ve ever run!

I thoroughly enjoyed all of your negatives into positives yesterday for mental Monday. Please take the button away with you (it’s in the side-bar) and use it for good.

Mental Monday

I know a lot of you have other link ups, so just use it when and as you want – if Monday was a flop, try it on Tuesday, or use it on Sunday in preparation. It doesn’t take too much space to over-ride that negative thought, so keep ‘em coming, any day of the week!

For a bit of fun, here are three groups of three…


3 Ridiculous Happenings this Week

1. This was my face-book status for Sunday:

[Mr The Rake] just put on underwear, socks and a t-shirt and said ‘ok, see ya’ and off he went.


2. My mate (let’s call him shifty driver) left his unregistered car outside my Canberra house before prom on Friday. He and then went away for the weekend. Shifty driver left his duffel bag in my house and his car in the street for 3 days. At midnight on Monday, he arrived back in Canberra, took a taxi into the street, and when the taxi driver asked which was his house, he didn’t have the heart to say ‘none’. Shifty Driver paid the taxi fare, jumped out and immediately crossed the road to drive his unregistered car through the back streets before anyone was likely to catch him.


3. Today I got lost at the top of a straight road. To get home, I had to walk in a straight line. I turned left.


3 Fantastic Reads

These three posts were amazing this week – go check ‘em out

1. Kaila at Healthy helper Blog posted about the new obsession with ‘strong is the new skinny’ – she feels as strongly as I do that it’s not always a healthy substitute!


2. Finding Happiness by Abby from Back at Square 0. It’s the little things that sometimes make the biggest difference, and Abby is reminding us to take a break one in a while!


3. I lied, this is a much older post, but I love it. I hate the anti-sugar movement,   and I think the key is all things in moderation – cutting out any food entirely (with the exception of those who do it on the basis of allergy or moral grounds) is something that I don’t understand. So cheers to Kat at Katalyst Health for Why I Eat Sugar’.


3 Challenges


I love online challenges, and October has a few good ones!


1. Wicked Wallies

Less strange than it sounds! Girl Gone Sporty is running this – and the GGS ambassadors have all the inside goss ;-)


Pay $10 to be part of the challenge, which involves doing a simple ‘sit’ (squatting against a wall) once a day. The winner gets 25% of the fees as a prize, and the other 75% goes to charity. You can also register for a grant on the site!


2. Anytime Fitness Instagram Challenge

These guys have a cute challenge where you post a photo each day on a different theme (today was ‘cosy’):


3. An oldie but a goodie!

I love #PlankADay (I’ll have to give you another ‘ahem’ progress shot… sometime soon).

Use #PlankADay as a hashtag on twitter to be part of the fun – plank once a day and see those abs get stronger and stronger.

Mindy from Road Runner Girl even has a tweet plank group support network you can join!


There you go! Three groups of a rule of three on Tuesday.


Today’s Moment

Seeing all of your negatives turned into positives! That made me smile almost as much as it did you.


Your Turn!

It’s not too late! What’s your negative to turn into a positive today?
What’s a great post you’ve read this week?
Are you involved in any October challenges?