Can you help a runner girl out?


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.

  • MUM

    Have I taught you nothing?

  • Paige

    Do you eat during your run? I always have Gu if I’m running more than an hour. Orange slices are also good. If I don’t refuel during a longer run I feel like eating the entire kitchen when I get back! :)

    • Kate

      Hey Paige – I go for gus. I am terrified of GI problems, and orange slices actually sound really good. Dad has offered to be there around the 35km mark, which might be a good place for them!

  • jenna

    i have lots of strange eating habits. i like to eat my things one at a time. for example, i’ll eat all my veggies, then eat my potato, then eat my meat. it’s really odd! idk why i do it! i had a great productive weekend doing a bunch of stupid stuff like paying bills and getting my oil changed in my car. i love how you like to talk to the other runners and they totally couldn’t care less. im the exact same way, and i think i annoy the crap out of ppl! hahaha. love you, kate! have a great day!

    • Kate

      I love you too! I don;t think it’s so stragne to eat that way – each thing has it’s own texture and flavour you totally have to enjoy that :-D

  • Bethany

    I’d suggest starting with the 4:00 pace group and if you’re at the halfway point and feeling good, just surge ahead a bit. You wouldn’t want to start with the 3:50 group, find that it’s too fast for you and then hit a wall, know what I mean?

    And I think my hubby starts thinking about strangling me on my long run days when I’m really cranky, usually because I haven’t consumed enough post-run recovery calories. :)

    • Kate

      It’s a hard one! Don’t go too fast is a really good tip – and it seems to be a major thing in all of the info I’ve read. Oh the post-run cranky! I’m sure he can sympathise with my non-running partner :-D

  • Mindy @Road Runner Girl

    If the camelback worked for you and didn’t bother you when running then definitely use it. I would definitely run with a pace group if you want to get a certain time…but definitely don’t start out too fast. Then you won’t have enough gas in you to finish where you want to finish. What do you eat before your runs? I always eat something with peanut butter on it for the protein…like a waffle or bagel with peanut butter. And then I always have a protein shake after a long run to help replenish. Good luck girl!
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    • Kate

      Thanks Mindy – great tips! I have a really sensitive stomach, and any fats or protein before a run tend to be dicey – I love PB but I’ve found it’s always a mistake before a run. I go for the banana and oatmeal with water combo.

  • Liz

    I don’t think I have any answers to your questions today. How every looks like your training is going great. I am so excited for your race. :)
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    • Kate

      Liz – your support means a lot! Thanks so much :-)

  • Jamie @ couchtoironwoman

    I like the person’s suggestion for starting with the 4:00 pace group and then if you feel good to move ahead later on in the race.

    I always have energy gels with me during long runs/races, I’m planning on bringing 4 with me during my marathon next weekend.
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    • Kate

      Thanks Jamie! Gels are the best things ever. I think I’ll need fur as well – but I’m going with 5 so I can slam another one down when my body gives up. I seem to have a super fast metabolism and I’m expecting my wall will be at about 28km, so I’ll stock up :-) .

  • Jenelle

    If the Camelback worked, I would say go for it. Hydration is SO key, but can be tricky to get it just right. You will ROCK, what an awesome time goal!

    • Kate

      Jenelle, you’re so sweet! Thanks a lot :-D . Hydration is so tough, you’re absolutely right. If you’re thirsty, you’re probably a bit behind, but you don;t want to overdo it!

  • Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    As for the time, I say go for it if you feel strong and confident in your training. Here is a workout for you (excuse the use of miles, I know the paces will be different in kms):

    On your next long run, divide the distance into thirds. For the first third, run about 30 seconds per mile slower than your goal pace. For the next third, run at your goal pace. For the final third (leave a km to cool down), run about 30 seconds faster than your goal pace. Teaches you to run fast and hard when you’re tired.

    As to the camelback, do what you feel comfortable with. I don’t care to run with one, but, when I first started running marathons I had so many stomach problems but I couldn’t figure out why because I never had them in training. I finally narrowed it down to the way I drank during races vs. training. After that I started carrying my own handheld and it was the difference for me.

    Whatever you decide, you’ll do great!
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    • Kate

      Debbie, thank you so much – that advice is comprehensive and excellent.

      That might be the go for my 20km on Saturday. And I have a course with 3 6.3km laps, so that sounds perfect. x

  • Cait the Arty Runnerchick

    hey kate!! okay, wow, so let’s see if i can remember to cram in as much as i can! 1) FUEL right girl! hehe. 2) don’t wear the camel pack, if u want my thoughts. at most major marathons they have more than enough drinks and sometimes people actually don’t need to be drinking as much as they ‘think’. plus that thing will only slow u down. which brings me to: 3) YES u can run the pace, have confidence in urself. kno that every day/race does come with unknowns and u may not hit ur goal, but u’ll never kno if u don’t try. BUT here is wat is HUGE!! 4) DO NOT DO NOT go out too fast!! that will kill ur marathon and any chance of the sub-4. better to go out conservative and pick it up than go out too fast and die. did u read my posts on negative splitting ur races? i’d suggest going out with the 4 hour group and even if u feel like u can go faster force urself to stay with them until at least half way. if u feel good then, then gradually pick up the pace. but for the first half at least stay on 4 hour pace! :) XOXO and sooo excited for u!
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    • Kate

      Cait – you legend. Your advice is gold, and the FUEL thing is hard :-O. I could be really wrong, but I think I need a little more than the average bear. I seem to hit the ‘wall’ in the early half of the ‘normal’ range. Not that I could possibly know exactly what it is…but I get my 200 cals per hour. Grr. Why is there no quick answer for that?!

      Ok, not going out too fast. You guys are amazing, and after all that advice, I think 4 is the way to go.

      And… thank you do much for your shout out! I love being called ‘promo queen’ :-D

  • Phaedra @ Blisters and Black Toenails

    If the camelback doesn’t bother you, run with it. Hydration and nutrition are so important when you’re doing endurance events. I always run with a Nathan fuel belt when I’m racing a half or a full. It holds 2 bottles. I also make a point of grabbing water from every aid station. Even if I just have a mouthful, it’s better than nothing.
    As for your pacing, I’d say start off with the 4:00 bunny and then pick it up in the last 10km if you feel good. Debbie gave you some excellent advice for your training runs. I’ve done that workout several times and it’s tough but worth it.
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    • Kate

      Thanks Phaedra. I’m looking forward to trying that workout – though it sounds brutal! Great advice.

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero

    My half marathon is the exact same. I ran it last time in 1:58. My goal this time is 1:55. They have a group for 1:50 (too fast) and one for 2:00 (too slow). After lots of questions and advice I think I am going to start with the slower group and if I feel good then it will be a fun little pass as many people as you can to catch up to the next group game.
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    • Kate

      Slower seems to be the consensus here too! And thanks so much for the sock tip…I’m also going to see what vaseline does. I wasn’t at all phased by the blisters until the one that popped mid-run got infected overnight and woke me up (delightful….)

      • Abby @BackAtSquareZero

        Disgusting. Popping blisters. We runners are so sexy!

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