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YOLO killed my mother

You say alcohol, I say run

Mr The Rake likes to talk about alcohol as the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. Like the dag I am, I think running is way better. The problems? Beware the injured runner. BUT you get the endorphin rush of an awesome, awesome workout. And you can casually drop into conversation that you’re just heading out or a lazy 20km, and people look at you with respect (or or begin to back away slowly).

Kate before Fartlek training

Do not mess with the run

This morning is a case in point. I have been feeling like shit all week. Everything’s been difficult, and the whole sleeping thing isn’t really working out for me.

So this morning, I decided to run 2 laps of the bay. If you don’t happen to live within 2km of my house, that means that I ran about 17km. And the rain was torrential. At some points the combination of wind and rain was so bad that I was running with my eyes shut. Can you just picture me there, on the bridge, running blindly into a headwind? Hot stuff. My soaked-through shorts were enjoying gravity as much as Yogi Bear loves a picnic.

Rain = no humidity, so it was the best run I’ve had in ages. And over 1 1/2 hours, the world’s woes cease to mean very much.

In sum; go run.


I am so sorry

To everyone who finds my blog by random search. It does, however, give us the chance to laugh at the things people search for. Over the past few weeks, people found Run with Kate by searching:

  • coca cola shin splints
  • drive thru bottle shop
  • fat rhinos running
  • hardcore onesies for men (I’m sorry, but that is an oxymoron. Fail).
  • he’s gone because I’m busy (now I feel like a seriously bad girlfriend!)
  • rake brochure (bahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha)
  • sexual run group
  • yolo killed my mother




Because it’s Saturday. And here are some brilliant bloggers to help you along. If you’re looking for something new in the health and fitness department, here are some of my favourites:


Stay all positive and sunshiney with Candy Fit – she’s all about lifting.

For runners, Cait Chock cannot be beat on runner knowledge. Get tips and awesome artwork.

Toronto Runner just lights up my life. Way too much positive energy there. And a budding marathoner!

Amy nourishes you – mind, body and soul. Get ridiculously tasty recipes with some runner love.

Want to laugh? Tri-Girl has a unique way of explaining her triathlon adventures.

Hollie cracks me up. Check out her very real approach to blogging life as a runner.

There are so many blogs out there to love. These are by no means the only ones to try. Every now and then, I’ll post a few more of my favourites.


Today’s Moment

Lazy rain running.


Your turn!

What are some of your favourite blogs?
When was the last time running solved your woes?
Does running cause problems, or just solve them?
Alcohol or a run?

Sometimes your goals get drenched

You know those runs that just make you feel like you could run forever? That you’re invincible? That there’s a reason you lace up those shoes each day?

Today I had one.

My natural state

At 6am, I left the house in the dark, and headed straight into torrential rain. The cars splashed me as I passed. No-one was on the road. I was drenched. I had directions written on my arm. I got lost.

At 7am, I met my running group and ran with them around Olympic Park, mapping the course of the Color Run.

Everything about it was perfect.

So that’s a high for this week’s long run, right?

15km later, and fully carbed up again, guess what I’m doing? Heading out to the mountains for another 24km tomorrow. I am S-M-R-T.

File:ZHomer - Smrt.jpg




Featured Goalies

Remember #Goalgetter2013? 

At the start of each month, everyone is invited to post their goal for the month. At the end of each month, we share an image on instagram to show how we went.

I wanted to feature a couple of good ones – I’m always on the lookout for motivation!

Jill Conyers, who has a most excellent health and fitness blog, wanted to incorporate more strength training into her workout in January. She succeeded!


Jackie smashed her marathon!


Amalia wanted to try new food, smile, and be kinder to others. Those are goals I can get on board with! She claims she had no success to post – but check out this pic:


Want to get on board?

Meet up with fellow Goal Getters using the #goalgetter2013 tag on Instagram and twitter.

Join in with my fellow Goalies -

Abby from Back at Square Zero (IG: backatsquare0)
Gina from Noshing on Asphalt (IG AsphaltNosher)
Kat from Sneakers and Fingerpaints (IG: katsnf)
Mindy from Mindy’sFitness Journey (IG: mindyartze)
Mindy from Road Runner Girl (IG: roadrunnergirl)
Rebecca from Rebecca Roams (IG: RebeccaRoams)
Sarah from Mom Running On Empty (IG: momonempty)


Or grab the button and share!


And February? My goal for February is to run 5km in less than 24 minutes. I’ve never raced a 5km before, so I think it’s realistic!



Mr The Rake has cracked.

Rake advent calendar

Today he:

1. Forgot to shower. Who forgets to shower?

2. Bought a suitcase. Before he went to buy groceries. Guess who got to wheel a suitcase around the supermarket? (He put the groceries in it).

3. I asked him if he’d ever even taken his lunch to work -

Once. I didn’t like it. So I never did it again.

Oh, and Mr The Rake’s goal?

He wanted to

Get morbidly obese and fired from my job

(Context here). So far, he’s been going to the gym, has lost weight, and has had his contract extended.




Today’s Moment

I only wish I had a photo! Running in the rain…and then meeting a friend for a very late, long and lazy brunch. With lots of carbs!



Your Turn!

When was your last perfect running moment?
Have you ever run long runs back to back?
What’s your goal for February?


U B Safe Now

Wow. A lot of you had some really great comments on running on an empty stomach.

In the ‘don’t eat’ camp - my Dad thinks it helps you get faster, especially when getting faster over shorter distances. Kayla reckons I’ll get used to it. Cristina seems to think it’s no biggie (tough apparently she’s an almond butter fiend!) and she’s a crazy triathlete, so if she can do it, I can :-P


In the ‘feed me’ column are my Auntie Mardi, who I really seem to take after when running, and Abby, who seems to be more similar to my normal routine – food but not too much.


Stupid body – why can’t it just do what I want it to?


The U-B-Safe 1

Ok, so check out this nifty device:


From the website

Any clues as to what it does?

Imagine it on a hat or headband; or, as I did, on your running tank.

This little thing measures your exposure to UV, and tells you when you’ve had your daily dose. It turns out that my daily dose is often long before I would like it to be!

UB Safe 1

See how I have mine on ’2′? It means that my skin-type is just slightly more hardy than ‘always burn’.

You can reset it every day so that it records your daily dose for your skin type. The idea is that once it starts beeping (it sings), you head inside away from those nasty UV rays and potential skin cancer. Given the disturbing rate of melanoma in Australia, the idea is brilliant. It prevents cancer.

The U-B-Safe-1 is solar-powered, and clips on to a hat or headband. Personally, I don’t wear a hat running (I can hear you tsssking) so I tried it out on my headband and on my tank instead. The solar panels are at the top, so the less obstruction there is, the better.

The good news is that it’s easy to use, requires no effort or upkeep, is water-resistant, and helps you to monitor your exposure to dangerous rays.

On the downside, wearing it on your hat does make you look like a bit of a tool – but being sun safe doesn’t revolve around fashion!

More importantly, I, like many runners, am neurotic and will never end my run for anyone. Not for dogs. Not for wet weather. Not for hills. Not for lack of footpath. Not for tired legs. And not, not, not, for a little device that beeps at the turn-around point of a 10km run. When you’re 5km from home, there’s just no going inside. So I knew I’d had my share of UV, and yet my only real option was to turn off the thing and keep running. Not particularly helpful – or healthy.

And, as an aside, it too me ages to figure out why I could hear something beeping. I stopped and checked my watch at least 5 times before I remembered I was wearing the device!

Don’t get me wrong, this thing is brilliant. If you’re someone who spend a lot of time in the sun, it’s well worth it. Details are on the website.

However, neurotic runners be warned – are you really going to listen to it?

*I was given the U-B-Safe-1 to try, for free. I wasn’t paid, but I was given a run-down on its benefits and uses. And I really do think it’s great ;-)



Finally, it’s the last day of the month – so head over to the Goal Getter challenge and get those goals up on instagram.

Tomorrow I am going to feature a couple of goals, and hopefully we can inspire each other to keep ‘em coming! On the last day of each month, tag a picture with #goalgetter2013 on instagram, and share what you’ve achieved. 

In January, my goal was to get faster. At the moment, I run a 10km at a 12km/hr pace (5 mins/km).

This is last week’s tempo:


I’m getting faster!



Your Turn!

What was your goal for January?
Have you achieved it?
Would you use the U-B-Safe-1?
How do you protect yourself from the sun?


Up and Running

Thanks to Ms Runner Mommy and Ms Marathon Girl, I got my medal for the virtual half marathon I did at the end of last year!


I really think blogging helps you to get over any fear you have of seeing photo of yourself…

It’s so pretty! And so lovely of them to organise it all – and send it out to Australia.   Officially, that’s my first ever half marathon. It certainly won’t be my last!

My running group outside the chocolate shop. Best end to a run. Ever.

My running group – the day of the virtual half

However, running has taken on a bit of a change in my life, and I’m really keen to hear what all of you do – or think!

Last time I checked in with you all, my running was going wherever I could fit it – usually in the middle of the day, and frequently on a treadmill. I stand by my treadmill, particularly when the weather or a particular stick workout stands in your way. However – and this is the bit I’m interested in – it uses totally different muscles. The last time I went to see Monsieur le Magic Man chiropractor, he thought  I hadn’t really been running much. If anything, I’d been training more intensely than ever.

Exhibit A:



His advice? To get off the treadmill and back outside.

Combined with a new work routine, and  hot, humid, Sydney summer, the result is that I have been running first thing in the morning.

For me, that means a few new things:

1. Running on an empty stomach

2. Training first thing every day, not just once or twice a week

3. Doing that sticky tempo run outside

4. Getting used to a new routine

I’m such a baby! Running on an empty stomach? Does anyone else notice a huge difference when they do this?

It doesn’t matter how much I had to eat the night before, or how early I leave, my body is really struggling. And in some ways, that’s good – imagine how efficient it will be when I do give it a pre-run banana. The downside is that on this morning’s tempo run, my legs felt like jelly. I actually walked part of the way – I literally had no energy to keep running.

So, dear readers, hit me – what is your running routine, and how have you adapted your schedule?


Your Turn!

Do you run on an empty stomach?
When do you run?
How do you deal with tricky workouts in difficult conditions?
How do you deal with humidity?

You Gotta get Down on Friday


I love Friday nights – Dawson’s Creek is getting steamy, and no-one tries to rung me. Anyone else like their thrills mild?

Sadly, I also had to say goodbye to my ward. Which also means the end of Mr The Rake playing Daddy and making himself in charge of feeding and cat-nipping.

Bye Pompey. May you always know to stay on the towel.



Tomorrow has to be an early run. Thanks Sydney!


For the rest of the world, that’s a high of 102. No biggie – South Australia and Melbourne get hotter, and the north is ridiculous, but for those of us now in Sydney, it’s a bit shit. Mr The Rake, we’re going to the movies. I don’t care if it costs $20 per person for air-conditioning. 

I find it odd to think that half of you are currently donning scarves and shovelling snow. Mr The Rake’s sister has been travelling Sweden – talk about epic snow. Lots of treadmill running there. Or a brief run from sauna to snow and back again. Or moose hunting.

But running itself has been pretty great lately. The treadmill has greatly improved my ability to actually get through interval and tempo workouts, and I’ve had a couple of really long runs over the past few weeks. Now I’m ready for race season to start so I can go back to being a humble mid-packer getting pissed off with the crowd.

Right now, there are no big races, but the Colour Run is on in February.

And I’m competitive.

Sydney Harbour 10km

A taste for racing…

So when Superwoman suggested a challenge between two guys in our running group and me, I decided it was on. So I may be the first person ever to race the colour run.

Running Tales

And on the random runner rambles, a huge shout out to Amy who is running the Cadbury half marathon this weekend. There are others racing, including Mindy, who is hitting up the Disney marathon (go Mindy!) but a special mention to Amy, because I have had the chance to watch her journey unfold, and it’s her first really big race. Thinking of you dear!

Today’s Moment

The chance to just relax and watch episodes of Dawson’s Creek. There’s a lot to be said for a quiet Friday night!

Your Turn!

How do you unwind on a Friday night?
Do you run in the heat? Or…the snow?!
What’s your next race?