Back to Barbells and Babe in a Bottle

Back to Barbells and Babe in a Bottle


Kate is from Sydney, Australia, and fell in love with running in 2012 when she decided, for no particular reason that she can remember, to run a marathon. That one goal turned into a love affair with running that keeps her sane during the day, and fuels the blog at night.

  • Holly @ Run With Holly

    Uh…I have a lot of non-running sports? Indoor cycling, swimming, yoga, BodyPump….

    I always forget how funny search term checks are. I can’t remember whose blog I originally found you on, but I’m pretty sure it was through a comment or a “Blogs I Read” link, not a strange search term.

    But someone recently found my blog by searching, “husband wearing spandex”. Now, I have to figure out (and delete?) whatever post that search sent them toward….

    • Kate

      Ahahahahahahahaha spandex. Who doesn’t love spandex?

  • Amy Lauren Scott

    I don’t see the unflattering picture (I do see half a picture at the top that’s cut off by your bio? weirdness). But, good luck with the strength program and with not doing steady-state cardio. I feel like steady-state cardio gets a bad rep bc people are assuming the person is on the elliptical or walking on the treadmill for hours, sometimes it really can be good for you but it is definitely NOT the only thing people need to be healthy! Yoga is great, weight training is essential too… bugs me when runners don’t do these things. And I can’t wait to see how this works out for you, it’s 8 weeks and that’s not super long, but if all else fails, you can go back to running if this doesn’t work out :) . It’s nice to change it up sometimes anyway!

    • Kate

      So true Amy! No unflatteing shot yet – it’s been taken and I’ll probably put them together. I always did some strength training when running – it bugs me when people don’t as well! But now it’s a complete focus shift, and training for running is different than pure strength training – so lots of fun n store :-)

  • Cait the Arty Runnerchick

    oh kate, u’re the best!! and the smartest long distance runners
    know that intensity and ‘the extras’ outside of running miles (aka tons of
    steady cardio) are wat make u better in the long run. both of which ur awesome
    trainer is having u do: getting stronger, transforming ur body, AND including
    the breaks to allow ur body and mind to recover from ur running/workouts. but
    it takes only the most disciplined and mentally tough runners to realize when then do
    need the breaks and actually TAKE them. and heck, i’m sorta of the thought if u
    keep forcing urself to run when u don’t feel like it, u’ll eventually begrudge
    running at all and suck that ‘magic’ out of it. keep kicking ass in the forms
    that gives u passion! that said, can’t wait for the tranformation shots….but don’t worry, i can totally out-ugly-unflattering-picture-shot
    you. :P

    • Kate

      Haha! I love your always sounds advice. I have no doubt I’ll be back to running, but given that I haven’t been able to shake my icky cold for a good 2 weeks now, it’s getting a bit ridiculous! Some strength and tasty food required :-)

  • Abby

    I think doing what you feel is so important to making exercise fun and sticking with it. You are one smart lady.

  • Amy

    I truly believe in taking a break! Sometimes when your body is worn down the worst thing to do is give it a physical beating all the time, and to waste your mental power on bullying yourself into doing it. When I’m not running I love long walks, Jillian Michaels kicking my butt, and when my gym has them – a really sweaty spin class!

  • Elizabeth Hall

    Good for you Kate. I have been not running too. It is cool to take a break, but I did think there was a baby in the works. :) OH well.

  • Rachel B

    Good for you, Kate! I’ve been taking a forced break from running for the last couple of months and focusing on crossfit instead and it’s renewed my motivation quite a bit!

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