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Chocolate, clocks, and kanagroos


Easter is a time to eat a truck-load of chocolate. Repent later.

Also – Game of Thrones is back! It may be the only thing Mr The Rake and I have in common. Otherwise it’s running, too many jobs and healthy food v beer, pizza and video games. Also law. And insults.

MY eggs

MY eggs

It’s also a time to STOP for this crazy lady, and get some sleep. And it’s been bliss. However, it’s also nice to be back into the blog world, and there’s a lot to catch up on!

 

The Running

First and foremost, right?!

kangaroo

Can you spot the kangaroo? She bounced away when she realised that I wasn’t going to back away.

I bloody well earned my chocolate. Or at least half of it.

Yesterday’s 18km trail was a wonderful way to start the count-down to the Canberra half marathon. I’m not taking it all that seriously, but I am looking forward to racing the distance (and for me it marks the point at which the marathon becomes very real). More exciting is that I’ll get to cheer on Jenelle, who is running the full thing.

And on the way into the mountains, I found a kindred spirit in Va. I can now say I’ve met a woman who took a clock to bed in the middle of the night, only to wake up at 4am, and be struck by the realisation that a large wall clock will only tell her the time – not wake her up. She got up to get her daughter out of bed to put the clock back on the wall, and plugged her normal alarm clock back in.

Va and I - still smiling post-race and pre-breakfast.

Va and I – still smiling post-race and pre-breakfast.

 

The Blog

Apparently I was nominated for a best Australian blog competition. I’m fairly sure I don’t have a snowflake’s chance in hell, but if you can spare a moment to click on me, please do!

 

The Goal

#goalgetter2013 hasn’t been on my radar enough this month. The two week break didn’t help!

My goal for March was to spend more time running outside – and to get in a great tempo. Sadly, this was totally derailed. Between knee problems and no running, this was a mostly cross-training month.

Anyone want to share their goal this month? In April, I want to get in three weights sessions a week, with the exception of the Canberra half weekend.

I think this will help me build some strength before I hit marathon training for real. Maybe I’ll even start to like it!


The Goal Getter Challenge: At the start of each month, choose a goal to aim for. On the last day of the month, post a photo with your progress to instagram or twitter using the #goalgetter2013 tag. See you there!

 

Mental Monday

I can think of no better way than this to get ready for the new week ahead.

Mental Monday

 

My negative: there is so much I haven’t looked at all weekend, it’s going to be  mess to sort out!

My positive: I am rested, happy, and back in my runners -the world can work around me.

 

Your Turn!

What blog posts have you loved this week? (Give me things to read!)
What do you do to celebrate Easter?
Your Mental Monday Moment?
Are you into the chocolate thing, or do like Easter for other reasons?

 

Because eating should be fun


 

Dad, maybe not a great one for you to read…

So I’m a bit obsessive. And sometimes that’s great. The OCD tendencies in most runners are what get us over the line. It gets us through sticky tempo runs, and drags our lazy behinds out of bed when the alarm goes off at ‘what the hell were you thinking’ o-clock. Basically, it makes us awesome.

Early morning

Awake before the rest of the world.

Sometimes it’s also good to learn to be less obsessive. This whole break thing, for example, is going to make me a better runner in the long term, and its giving me time to recharge. I’m also looking at it as a way to relax, deal with less intensity in my life, and have fun with friends.

This morning, I ran a race (don’t freak out Cait – I very calmly jogged 4km in about 40 minutes).

This is my friend Va – it was her second race. Ever. She inspires me every day.

Just after the drink station

Just after the drink station

 

Here’s the thing though. I am neurotic. And I have this wonderful split personality in my head that spends half its life saying

Be strong. You are disciplined enough to do whatever you want. Go for it. 

And the other voice, that responds with,

Well, yes, but at what cost? Have you considered chilling the hell out?

That second voice is one I have acquired over time. I’m fairly sure that piece of my brain was missing when I was born. 

Sometimes, the winning voice is easy to determine.

Have to get up early? Just do it.

Want to run 10km? Just do it.

The need to work extra time at the end of the day to achieve more before the day ends? Chill out. 

Then there are situations where the voices just fight. 

Right now, those voices are fighting over me. We know that I’ve dealt with an eating disorder. I know that it’s just one of those things that might play on my mind forever. A lot of people deal with that voice telling them to lose weight, go on a diet, exercise more, whatever. My voice likes to aim for the Nicole Ritchie circa 2006 look.


Not really ok. Source.

I’ve gotten pretty good at telling that voice to shut up. 

The problem with a break from running is that without that high intensity exercise all the time, I find myself looking for clues that I’m about to explode out into elephant territory. Clearly it’s not going to happen, but it’s there. A constant, irritating voice asking why I’ve ‘let myself go’ so much over the last two years, lamenting the fact that I ever started running and turbo-charged my appetite in the first place, and asking why disciplined Kate can’t just take action and freakin’ deal with the situation.

While it may sound very first world and of no real consequence, for me and plenty of others, that voice is paralysing. Nothing is enjoyable if all you can focus on is the size of your thighs.

So I’m taking action.

If I’m going to take some time off running, I’m going to come back to it with a much more measured attitude. I’m going to get my training in order, but I’m also going to get my food in order. Over the last few months, my good old fear of carbs has been creeping back. And worse, counter-acted by ‘you’re an idiot brain’ with chocolate or ice-cream to compensate. In sum, the whole food thing just isn’t working for me at the moment.

Look, it's still part of a healthy diet...but it probably shouldn't replace half a meal.

Look, it’s still part of a healthy diet…but it probably shouldn’t replace half a meal.

Ever the pro-active neurotic runner chick, I recognise that I’m going down a crappy road, so I’m booking myself in to see a sports nutritionist.

We can’t always do it alone, and I intend to pick her brain until I figure out what my body needs, how to manage it with my lifestyle (i.e. not waiting until 3pm for lunch between work and work), and how to enjoy dessert without feeling guilty or going all in for the binge.

Let’s get this shit sorted. 

 

 

Your Turn!

Does food ever bother you, or do you just go with the flow?
Have you ever seen a nutritionist?
Do you hear voices too?

 

Will spin for Freddo Frogs

 

I’m feeling very ready for Christmas now. Mr The Rake and I got festive tonight by getting our Advent Calendars:


Ermagherd advent calendar

And putting up our tree. 

Which we bought today. Because we left the last tree in Canberra. We kind of forgot we had a garage when we left.


I forgot how much fun it can be to shop with Rake. We were both very taken with this shop name. I couldn’t work out if they had just given up, or if they had a healthy sense of humour:


On the other side of the centre was a shop with a security guard out the front. Mr The Rake gestured to me to get me to lean in closer.

That shop has a bouncer

Mmhmm. I gave him ‘the look’.

You’re too poor to shop here

I giggled the whole way down the escalator. Then we went home to eat the chocolate frogs in our calendars.

Juice It

You can still win the Nudie juice (or become royalty, if you aren’t in the right states!), by commenting on yesterday’s post.


The Nudies I got in the mail!

And yep, you can have extra comments if you already follow me on Facebook and Instagram.


Run, baby, run

Because you’ve been entertained by juice and Jenelle, there is plenty of running-related stuff to discuss.

To start with, I have entered the Colour Run in Sydney in February. Many of you know it, some of you have done it, and it’s finally in Australia! In summary, it’s an untimed, 5km run where you get sprayed with a different paint colour at each km.

I was planning to take it easy, until someone suggested betting on whether I could beat Dave and Mick (the two fastest guys in my running group). You better believe it’s ON.

This morning, I ran with Mick for a 9.5km. We smashed the pace for a good 6km until I got stomach pains and stopped. And then, because I am so easily psyched out, it just kind of sucked from there. But it was still a great run all up, and I am more motivated than ever to get even fitter and faster!

And during the week, I got all jealous and irritable because I had Dailymile envy. (For those who don’t use it, it’s a social media platform to log your km and talk to other sports nuts). Unlike a normal person, I wasn’t jealous of the mileage.

Oh no. I was jealous that people were enjoying spinning.

Yeah. Spinning.


Superwoman on the spin bike

And not just spinning, but enjoying it.

I hate spinning. Or, I thought I did. But then I got jealous. And jealousy makes me do stupid things, like jump on a spin bike.

Best decision ever.


Several litres of sweat and a KFC meal worth of salt later, I have decided that this will make it way into my routine at least once a week.

So thanks Robyn for your cycle-spiration, and Cristina for her Dailymile spin log. And all the other people who happened to post about spin in quick succession. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Today’s Moment

I had a nap after my run. Not studying is awesome.

Your Turn!

What’s your running news?
Do you spin?
Is your tree up yet (if you have one)?

Santa came! In Runners.

 

I loved all of your comments after the Mr The Rake interview. He may not be a runner, but he’s definitely good value!

 

Race Day

If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, you likely saw my race today.


Getting our Santa on

It was Santa fun run day.


Superman getting buff

I ran with three girls from the gym, and Superwoman and her husband (Superman?).


Superwoman and Kate making friends with the local Santas

We chilled out and ran together. Except for the bit where we got split into two groups. And the bit where Superman strode out and I thought he wanted to race, so I sprinted to the finish, which was actually the start, and realised I had to keep running another half kilometre.

Directions have never been my forte.


But we got there!

 

And an untimed 5km in a Santa suit calls for celebration. So we had a pit-stop on the way home.

Strawberries

Because chocolate is always delicious (I had already eaten the other chocolate one).

…running

On the running front, I know some of you are interested in an update. The last couple of weeks have been tough, and frustrating. And I realised I was over-doing it. Pushing too hard, too fast. So I stepped back.

I ran without my watch, I ran for pleasure, I ran with friends, I let superwoman tell me to forget it for awhile, and I gave myself some relaxed time. And I will again. Until I have the desire to step it up.


And I think that’s a really valuable thing for me to learn. And I’m sure some of you can relate.

A goal is great, but we don’t always have to be reaching for that goal. It’s ok to have an aim, but to let it lie fallow. To wait for the time to strike.

I’m learning.

Today’s Moment

Duh


Your Turn!

Have you had a Christmas or Thanksgiving race? 
When do you know to take a step back?
Are you a chocolate person?

 

5 screens of Halo, and 5 Blogs to Love

 

Mr The Rake is home.

He spent the weekend at a winery playing Halo 4. It sounds like a 15 year old boy’s fantasy.

Here is their set-up:

5 screensof halo

I want to judge – but I spend my time running stupid distances, so I have nothing.

 

Things to Love

I am such a lucky blogger/runner – so it seems like the perfect day for a few shout outs and good reads.

1. I have to tell you how much I loved Mary’s comment on my last post -

Kate – I had to click through straight away to get an update on the Gym Bromance! It’s better than Eastenders!

If you’re interested, Mary ran a 5km and recapped it about a week ago.

 

2. Jenelle from Mummy Loves to Run sent me an email with heaps of info on speed and aerobic and anaerobic training. Jenelle – you are my hero!

While you’re there – check out her 5km recap. This chick is fast…and getting faster!


Jenelle is a fellow chicker

 

3. Tri-Girl kept it real – and I thoroughly appreciate her race recap, which illustrates the not so pleasant side of running. And she finished!

Also – she has THE BEST images.

 

4. Kat from Sneakers and Fingerpaints finished a Pretty Muddy event – and I love a good recap!

 

5. I stumbled across a new blog – this runner from Toronto is cheerful, has posts that make me smile, and is a thoroughly good read.

 

I didn’t want to steal anyone else’s images, so here’s one of mine!

Rake

Mr The Rake is back! And I love my chocolate frogs.

I got stuck into the chocolate again today after my run with Superwoman – 13km on a beautiful Sunday morning. Right in the area where Sydney held the 2000 Olympic games. Easy, slow and very, very pleasant.

 

Today’s Moment

Mr The Rake and I ate gelato in the sun. Seriously, best Sunday ever.

 

Your Turn!

When was you last long run?
What awesome blog posts have you found this week?