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A post that’s not really about Boston. Much.

What happened at Boston was awful.

There’s half of me desperately sad and horrified abut what happened, and another half reserved for those people who worked so, so hard to get there (and let’s out this into context for the non-runners – you don’t just sign up for Boston, you have to have raced and achieved a qualifying time, been accepted into the race, and then trained to run the race of your life) but who never saw the finish line. Nothing makes sense.

The runners who never saw the end.

Always one to step back a bit, as one of my friends pointed out, this wasn’t the only explosion the world was dealing with, yet it took up the whole of Australia’s news. Iraq was on fire, but we’re so used to it, it didn’t raise an eyebrow. All of it is sickening. But for this runner, it’s all about Boston, and I know I’m not the only one.

Much love also to Lisa, who has been featured on Run with Kate before, and who ran and finished Boston just before the explosions - her blog is here if you’d like to send her some love. The same for our Neon Blonde Runner, Kat, and Phaedra, of Blisters and Black Toenails. I’m sure I’ve left out people, so comment below if that’s you!

However, this is not a post about Boston, or any other attack. So many of my friends have eloquently expressed what happened, and how the running community feels.  If you’d like to read about Boston in the running community, here are a couple of the posts that I’ve loved:

Hollie wrote about Boston from a different perspective, likening the marathon to a graduation ceremony.

Our Marathon Mom wasn’t there this year, but she did write a short and sweet post after the event. 

If you just want to read about Boston today, that’s ok, head over the links above. I’m going to start writing more selfishly now, and that’s my problem!


It’s about speed

As I was running the Canberra Half Marathon on Sunday (oh yeah, sorry, I’ve seriously been MIA, I ran my first half marathon on the weekend), it struck me that I might not actually want to run another marathon just yet.

Superwoman and I after the race.

Superwoman and I after the race.

I mean, I do.

But I don’t.

The Melbourne Marathon was incredible, and it hurt me, big time. So naturally I want to tackle the beast for round 2. I was all set to run Blackmores (Sydney), and then, cruising along on Sunday, it hit me that maybe this year wasn’t the year.

I realise that all of us have self-doubt when we run. On Sunday, I felt particularly crappy – I had major stomach cramps, I wasn’t well-fueled, I hadn’t prepared all that well, my garmin died, I couldn’t take on any fuel mid-race thanks to Monsieur le Stomach, and for the last 8km, I didn’t even drink water (far too risky!). I cruised most of the way, and ended up with a respectable time for me -

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On the flip-side, I got the chance to catch up with Jarrod mid-race, which was amazing, and definitely made it a nicer run. I never saw Jenelle, but she ran a 3:33 for the full marathon – so much respect!

For me, it’s this simple – I want to be faster. Much faster.


Boo yah!

I can’t work on speed and still train for a marathon and do it well. I haven’t been posting, which is something I love – if I don’t have the time to post, how the hell can I give the time to do a marathon properly?

So here’s my new plan.


That is all. I am deferring my marathon plans for at least a year. In the mean-time, I’m working on getting stronger, fitter, and faster.


That’s it.

I’ll leave you with Mr The Rake’s loving hello from last night. I asked him if he was ok when he came home and sat down.

Having a nice, quiet sit, and no-one’s talking about Aldi.

Don’t talk about Aldi. I’ll cut you. 

Poor guy. He’d been in court all day.


Your Turn!

Thoughts about Boston? 
Speed vs marathoning – go!
What have I missed in bog land?

A Little Structure

I know you’re all dying to know how my beloved Rake is going right now.

At present, he has taken on the role of trolling the internet, one homophobe at a time.

You know how I work with small children for a living? Mr The Rake has a much lower tolerance for, well, people…


So I asked him what he thought of people, generally -

Hmmm, I wonder how they’d taste. 

Ladies and gentlemen: my boyfriend.

I think he won the internet

I think he won the internet


Let’s get down to business

I know that some of you are more interested in the nitty gritty of my schedules and plans. Knowing that every single one of us has entirely different needs, I wanted to share mine. Partly because this way, I can get all excited about Wednesday when I finally get to start running again!

This is all early days, but it really is time to begin thinking about upcoming races, with the ultimate goal being the Sydney Marathon in September. So, mucking around with this awesome new find of periodisation (dividing the racing season into three categories), and adding in some light weeks, this is a rough draft of where I’m headed.

Did I mention I like structure?
Marathon Schedule

I’m all ears guys – and many of you have been there, done that.



Your Turn!

What type of speed-work do you do?
Do you put light weeks into you training regime?
How structured are you when it comes to racing?
Do you use/have you heard of periodisation? 


I caught the bug

Yesterday I sneakily mentioned going for marathon number 2. That was the first time I wrote it on the blog, and the first time it felt serious.

I really do want to do it again. The Sydney Blackmores marathon is in September, and my eyes are on the prize. However – and this is a big however – this cannot be my overwhelming goal for 2013. I want to train for the marathon, and I really want to run it. BUT, if something gets in the way, or if I get injured, then I won’t. I’ll run a different one.

Ready to run

I’m really not sure if that’s a smile or an attempt not to puke.

This time, there is no huge push to raise money for charity. This is for me, and it’s simply because I can.

I am aware that when I was in training, I was crazier than a bag of coked-up snakes. Mr The Rake was extraordinarily unflattering (hard to believe right?!) about Kate in training mode. When he said I would shout at a dog until its skin fell off...that was based on a true story (no, unless the dog has a rare skin disorder, its skin will not fall off, no matter how much shouting it has to take. Trust me, I tested this theory.)

Showering in my clothes

Bring me diet coke. Now.

So after serious discussion within my two-person family, I have decided to go again. This time with a little less stress, better preparation, and less random outbursts of crazy.

Marathoners, I want to know what you do to prepare yourselves? There is no way I’m going to start a training cycle until about April, but I have a lot to learn in the interim. As well as getting my iron count up, I need to strengthen my body to prevent injuries, and I would like to see a nutritionist or sports professional to see if I can balance things better…Mr The Rake has a genuine gripe in that after a long run, I would be as useful as a jellyfish in land for the rest of the day.


There you have it – your thoughts, both positive and negative, are so very welcome!


Your Turn!

What is something you never expected to want to do again?
Is there anything you’ve tried once and will never do again?
Do you have marathon tips?
Have you ever seen a nutritionist? 


Get morbidly obese and fired from my job


Do any of you do New Year’s Resolutions?  I asked Mr The Rake what he thought:

They’re shit-house and no-one ever follows them.


So then I asked him what his would be:

Get morbidly obese and fired from my job. 

I asked him what we were doing for New Year’s, and for once he gave a semi-serious answer:


Point is, while some of us (uh-hm, looking at my other half here) don’t do resolutions, some of us do. Including those frustrating people who take up all the machines at the gym for a week before they get bored, lose all energy because they’ve vowed to give up carbs, and eventually go back to the comfort of their work and vending machines. Otherwise known as the hole from whence they came.


Point is, I do resolutions, and I’m sure some of you do too. So lets talk sport. In addition to drinking half a bottle of this -


I should point out that while I got another bottle of this for Christmas, I’ve had a particularly awesome year when it comes to receiving my favourite bubbly. We don’t just crack a bottle of Veuve or Moet each night!

- I will be writing down my resolutions for 2013. I have a few for running, and I’d love to hear yours too.

1. A 45 minute 10km

2. To race at least one half marathon

3. To begin training for marathon number 2.

Yep. That just happened. I want to do it again.


I have one more to add; one of Mr The Rake’s brighter suggestions -


I promise to try!


Today’s Moment:

Eating Cannelloni for lunch. I haven’t had that for years!


Your Turn!

Do you do resolutions?
What are your fitness goals for 2013?
Do you drink champagne? Do you have expensive taste?
What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? 

The other side


The days after Christmas are like an enforced rest break. They drive me batty. No-one wants to work, so I have no clients to talk to. Who can blame them? I like to play with my new toys too.



What did you all get from Santa? Mr The Rake is tired of giving me back rubs, so Santa Rake got me a massage. And his parents bought me some of my favourite things -


I think 90% of my running gear is from Lorna Jane

And having stuffed myself full of ham on Christmas day, I decided to put my new gear on and make use of the Rake’s parents suburb. It has the world’s biggest hills. So I ran them.

Much to my surprise, I got home to discover I’d run 10km. And enjoyed it.

It’s time for a new plan

After the marathon, I wanted to train for 10km. But I hit a few roadblocks. That’s when I decided to ditch the garmin for awhile. I also began to run for pure pleasure more. But for me, that hill run was a turning point.

We’ll start slowly, I’ve been doing a lot of cycling and very little running this week. However, I realise that I’ve been heading out too fast – rookie mistake! So I got myself the Macmillan Calculator Pro, and along with some help from Jenelle at Mummy Loves to Run, I am al geared up, rested and ready for some much more effective training sessions. Minus the suckiness.

But there was something else dragging me down. I’ve been tired for ages, but after honours and marathoning and three jobs, I figured that was normal. Except for the passing out bit. It was this article from our Arty Runner Chick that got me thinking about iron. Or, more precisely, iron and runners. In a nutshell, she explains that endurance athletes need higher iron stores – we should be in the high range of normal.

From what my Dr explained, ferritin, which indicates stored iron, should be between 15 and 200. I eat meat, and a whole stack of iron rich foods. My level was 9.




Don’t get me wrong, it’s no major drama, but it does help to know there is a reason for feeling a bit shit. So, dear runner friends, pay attention to your iron! I’m now on a liquid supplement and will get checked again in a few weeks.

Right, is there a point?

You bet! The moral of this story is that sometimes running is hard, and sometimes it can take some time to work out what the problem is. In this case, going out way to hard, and depleting my iron stores led me into a bit of a funk. So now you can expect to see me work my way up to Olympic gold.

Can you imagine Mr The Rake’s reaction if I decided to go pro?!

Today’s Moment

Mr The Rake and I watched the Hunger Games. Over the last few days, we have adopted 22 new DVDs and Blu-Rays to watch. I take it back – the post Christmas holiday period is awesome. DVD-alicious, in fact.

Your Turn!

Do you get some down time over the holidays, or is it a time when you ramp up your exercise?
When did you last check your iron?
What did Santa bring?