Did That Just Happen? (The Melbourne Marathon Race Recap)


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.

  • http://www.girlsgonesporty.com/ Laura Williams

    You are amazing! Way to get ‘er done… & without poopy pants!

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Oh dear… thanks Laura!

  • Paul Adams

    Excellent post Kate. A great insight into running a marathon.

    Huge Congrats on becoming a marathoner!

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thank you so much Paul – I can’t believe it’s done!

  • Sam

    You are my hero. Well done. I think my mojo just came back. Rozelle 10k and Gold Coast half, not to mention the orange running festival in feb!

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Awesome goals! Thank you :-) and yep – there’s always something to look forward to!

  • http://jillconyers.com/ Jill @ [Fitness, Health and Happiness]

    Congratulations Kate! Considering the circumstances a race well run :)
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thank you Jill, I’m really happy with it. How is the weekend going?

  • http://blistersandblacktoenails.blogspot.ca/ Phaedra @ Blisters and Black Toenails

    Amaaaaazing!!!! Great re-cap. :D Congratulations Kate! I’m so happy for you!!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thank you! So much love today :-) And yes, your blog title holds so much more meaning now.

  • Susie

    Amazing effort Kate! Such a funny recap as well had to wipe the tears away.xxx

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Oh Susie – I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you – there was so much love coming at me today – totally overwhelmed!

  • http://www.candyfit.net Kierston

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! YOU FREAKING DID IT! I had no doubt in my mind! You ROCK KATE!

    Did you have candy? hehe ;)
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Lol! Thanks Kierston! You are a rock star supporter :-D . Hell yes I had candy! But candy was also my pre-run fuel.

      You know, I was thinking on this the other day – as we both got/get closer to our goals, our diets were polar opposites – I had to amp up the carbs like crazy and get plenty of sugar AND put on weight. You – protein, protein, lean out and avoid the candy! xxx So close now

  • http://www.sneakersandfingerpaints.com Kate

    oh no tummy issues & blisters suck but you’re a MF MARATHONER! XO
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Lol! Totally cool – something will happen no matter what – the rest of my body stood up admirably, so I’m thankful for that! Thanks Kat :-D

  • Peta

    Congrats Kate! You are incredible! I am so so impressed. I knew you could do it!

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Peta! And thanks for being so supportive!

  • Mardi

    ohhhhh! so well done Kate.
    Great reliving of the run. I am so thrilled for you, and proud of you. I never doubted you could do it for a second, but what a tremendous thing to know you can do.
    You are an inspiration.
    Love you.

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Mardi :-) . I have to confess that writing this up was a LOT of fun. It’s funny though – there was no option but to finish. I just had to. Thank you so much for all your love and encouragement!

      • Mardi

        Could be talked in to doing one, I am so impressed. :) xxxx

        • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

          Ha! Give me a few days to really give that talk my best (oh, and reach for the phone). But yes – totally, totally worth it. Nothing quite like hitting the wall :-P

  • http://proudpatriot07.wordpress.com Amy Lauren

    You are amazing! Sorry you did not hit your 4 hour goal but you were just above which really says a lot especially with dealing with the tummy troubles. Plus i love your shirt that you wore :) . Don’t blame you not to run a few days, you definitely deserve a break after all that, enjoy it!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Amy! You know that shirt ;-) . Yeah, body is screaming at me today – running is going to take awhile! And congrats on your half! Massive effort.

  • Mary

    Wow! Firstly – a HUGE well done to you for running your first marathon! You are such an inspiration!!! Secondly – I really appreciate your honesty – shit stories and all!! The shart bloke comment made me laugh out loud! I think it’s important that runners realise what a toll running 26 miles takes on your body, but I’m so glad you pulled through and your time was excellent!

    Super proud of you Kate!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks so much Mary – I figure honesty is the best policy, and I’d want to know about the crummy stuff too. That poor man – that would have been some serious chafing :-)

      You are lovely – I really, really appreciate it!

  • http://livefromlaquinta.com Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Congratulations! What I fond even more amazong than your accomplishment is that you had the energy to write such a great recap so soon after finishing. Kidding!

    Seriously, Kate, awesome job. I understand tummy issues because I got them too, especially in my first few marathons. I’m so proud pf you!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Debbie! You have been so wonderful and supportive throughout – I’m so lucky to be part of such a great online community. I laughed hard at your first marathon/vomit story…and then remembered it again about 35km in – it wasn’t so funny then ;-)

  • http://www.aspirefitnessks.com tracey english

    You know, after my 4th child was born – 6 months after – I decided to run my first half marathon. I had never run that far before. While your race was twice as long, I empathize with everything you said. And at the sake of sounding cheesy, your post brought tears to my eyes because it brought all of those emotions back. From the urge to NEED a bathroom NOW to crying at the end. I was spent. I think it’s incredible that anyone runs marathons, but I especially appreciated the candor and honesty with which you told your story. I loved it – congratulations. :)

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Oh it’s all relative – a half can definitely be that intense, as you well know! Thanks so much Tracey – it’s kind of nice to know that you know exactly what I mean :-D

  • http://www.runladylike.com Jesica @rUnladylike

    I loved reading your race recap! So, so proud of you for your first marathon finish and for pushing through some really challenging physical circumstances. And I am completely honored that you thought of my half Ironman while on the course. It is funny the things we think about for hours and hours on the course, isn’t it? Truly, a marathon is harder than a half Ironman hands down, because it is more mentally challenging. Enjoy your marathon high! Can’t wait to see what comes next :) xo
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      I know! I had a few looped mantras I wasn’t expecting (run your own race at your own pace being the most prominent) and they were kind of comforting, if unintended. I thought of a few runners, but that idea of you jumping off the bike and doing that really stood out for me. I am in awe Jes! Thanks so much.

  • http://www.miletwentyeight.com Jenelle

    YAY! Congrats. I had that weird tingling foot thing happen to me during my marathon too. Glad it went away. So very proud of you.

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      It was bizarre! I think it was cold, looking back, but freaky. And thank you so much!

  • http://www.LetsTalkAndWalk.com Glenneth

    love the recap! congrats!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Lol! Thanks Glenneth :-D

  • http://tri-ingtobeathletic.com TriGirl

    Congratulations!!! You just ran a *marathon*! That is seriously impressive. I’m glad you didn’t have any disasters, and hope you’re enjoying your time off now :)
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Aw thank you! Believe me, I am (when sitting down, of course)

  • Katelyn Ewart

    Absolutely brilliant, Kate!

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Katelyn, I really appreciate it!

  • ER

    Congratulations Kate! Such an amazing and awe-inspiring achievement. I’ve read your blog for a couple of months now and have been SUPER impressed with your dedication, hardwork and positive attitude.

    You should be so proud of yourself wonder woman! You really are an inspiration – I actually live on the Gold Coast and am *this* close to signing up for the half marathon next year (I am NOT a runner but I really want to be one day), you might just get me to do it yet. If I do, would loooove to catch up if you decide to come up and do it (I’m a lawyer so we can talk law stuff too!).

    Congratulations again, I’m so pleased for you and so glad I could ‘follow along’ on your epic adventure! xxx

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Hi Ellen – very cool to e-meet you! I would LOVE to meet up with you in the Gold Coast – if you feel you can stomach the half, you have stacks of time to get ready for it. I figure signing up is a powerful motivator to train, and you have to let me know if you do sign up, and how training is going. I am so excited for you – it sounds like you’re at the start of your own running journey (or I have no idea and you’ve been running shorter distances for a life time!).

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading the blog – it’s become something I wasn’t expecting, and posting is one of my favourite activities these days.

      Thanks Ellen! And feel free to get in touch any time – you’ve made me even more motivated to get to the Gold Coast now.

      • ER

        Thanks Kate! You are so right that signing up for the half will be a big motivator. No I truly am at the VERY beginning of my running journey. I started a while ago (after reading awesome blogs like yours!) but injured my back pretty badly at bootcamp one day so I was on walking/swimming only orders from the Doc.

        It’s getting much better now though and I’m starting another bootcamp soon (where I WILL NOT hurt my back) and am gonig to incorporate a few days of running (or shuffling). There is a lead up series to the GC Marathon here (Sports Super Centre Series) starting from Feb where it progresses from 5km to 15km so I’m hoping to be in form by then.

        I will definitely keep you posted on how I go and if I sign up for the half, it would be so good to catch up if you come!

        I hope your legs and everything are somewhat recovered after your epic marathon effort?

        Keep up the great work with the blog :-) x

  • http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com Shannon Clark

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading that post for 2 reasons.

    1. You made me laugh out loud several times!
    2. I seem to be having some GI (?) problems lately while running. I mean EVERY time I run. What to do?

    Living in the great state of Alabama, I now know what a bloke is! Cool! This was awesome finding your blog through the Girls Gone Sporty facebook page!

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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks so much Shannon! And lovely to meet you – I’m going to head over to your blog asap – I LOVE finding bloggers and their blogs :-) .

      1. I’m glad I gave you a laugh :-)
      2. It’s so tricky! I’ve found for general purposes that eating ‘safe foods’ no less than 3 hours before a run works for me (you know, unless it’s a marathon grrr), and definitely no dairy or fats as far as I’m concerned. When in doubt, an immodium can work a treat. Sometimes it takes your body time to adjust to the feeling of running (I don’t know how long you’ve been running or increasing mileage, but it definitely took me a few months for the body to adapt). High fibre an be dangerous too. Play around with a few options, make sure you work on those core muscles, and remember that it’s ok – try to use routes where yu knowthere are bathrooms (or discreet places!) available to you. Good luck! xx

      • http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com Shannon Clark

        Thanks for the advice! I’m thinking I’m eating too much fiber! :)

        Might have to check out the immodium-never had to take anything before, but now that I’m 41 I think my body is rebelling against me. :)

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        • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

          Seriously, let me know if you discover anything that works wonders for you – I’m always interested!

  • http://backatsquarezero.com Abby @ BackAtSquareZero

    Holy crud. I cannot believe you finished that fast even with walk breaks. When I get rich and come to visit you’re going to have to slow WAY down.
    P.S.- Glad you didn’t poop yourself. When besides running can you say that?
    So proud of you you! (for the running, not the pooping)
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Running with you would be the most amazing thing ever!

      Haha – I know, I feel like poo is acceptable as a topic of conversation between runners. Most runners can relate!

  • http://itsaharleyyylife.com Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife

    great job! this is so exciting! I couldn’t even imagine ever finishing a marathon! You rock! (:

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Danielle!

  • http://livingrunningeating.blogspot.com Kayla

    Way to go!!!!! Hooray!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Hey Kayla – thank you!

  • http://www.mummylovestorun.com Jenelle @ Mummy Loves to Run

    YOU DID IT! Not only did you just run a frickin marathon you killed it. Killer time girl!!!

    Well done on chicking the Shart guy! Smart move!

    I loved reading all of this… you made me laugh and I totally wanted to bawl when I read about your post race. All of it, the hard work, sweat & tears is all yours girl and its made you a marathoner.

    You are amazing and even more amazing for sharing your journey with us! Love it and totally adore you and can’t wait to line up at a start line with you!

    Fingers crossed for Gold Coast for me. I also want to bake another baby in 2013 so not sure on what race but I will hunt you down at a start line in 2013. Trust me if I can run and theres a “blogger race meet” I WILL BE THERE!

    Lots of post run love. Keep moving even if its only walking! I hope your legs forgive you for your awesomeness soon.

    MY FAVOURITE thing about this post is that you are talking about the next race. You runner nut you!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks so much Jenelle – this comment is so special.

      Another baby is huge! Good luck – and yes, we will be at A start line together, no doubt :-D . Whenever you’re ready and we can be in the same place at the same time. Hell yes I’m planning already – I’m hooked.

      …poor shart guy

  • http://caitchock.com/ Cait the Arty Runnerchick

    omg, omg, omg i’m SOOOO proud of u!!! watch out, strap in for an epic comment attack! lol. girl, u are amazing and i’m SO sorry u had to deal with stomach issues there, i’ve got the worst GI issues and can relate like none other! (true story i wrote a book ‘oh, the places u’ll poop’) it’s not at all funny going thru sh## like that….sorry, bad pun…but the fact that u troopered on is only further proof of how hardcore of a runnerchick u are!! and that last line, sums up life pretty dang well i’d say!!! i also SO proud that u listened to me on ur shoulder and stuck with the second pacing group…but who in the heck is that a-hole dude that made that chicking comment to u?!?! i’m gonna fly (or i guess rowboat my way!) down to OZ and beat his face!!
    wow, so now i’m got an epic comment that also indicts me for a crime of violence, i better wrap this up! i’m SOOOO happy for u girl…rest those legs, eat like crazy and relish in ur awesomeness!! XOXO

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      As I said to you via email THANK YOU! Believe me I am eating like crazy – all I wanted yesterday was ice cream. It’s gone now :-P

      I was never quite sure if you were serious about the book. Now I genuinely want to read it.

  • http://thefitspirit.com Jess

    Congrats!! What a legend!!! You rock! I really want to do the Gold Coast! What an awesome post!!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Jess! Come do the GC with us?

  • http://thoroughlynourishedlife.com Amy

    My parents must think I am in hysterics because I am alternately laughing out loud to myself and sniffling back tears as I read this.
    You are a champion Kate!! You did it!! A whole marathon and you totally own every single one of those 42.2km! I hope you are super proud of yourself. Even though I don’t really know you know you (you know?) I feel so proud of you. I must admit I danced around the house yesterday telling everyone “Kate just finished her marathon everyone!! oh, and she’s going to do the Gold Coast with me!!”.
    Totally don’t care if my parents, sister, and brother-in-law think I am a nutter.
    Anyway, rest up, eat up, and drink up every single word of praise sent your way – you deserve it lovely lady :)
    PS can’t wait until GC and yes, shart is the best word ever :)
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks so much Amy – I love how we talk about each other and the people around us remain completely confused. Hell yes to the Gold Coast!

      Believe me I’ve been eating up :-D . And again – thank you.

  • http://Www.facebook.com/alwaysrunningbutneverlate Jenna

    Oh my gosh Kate!!! Since I was on my cruise and had no service I couldn’t see your recap until now, but I just wanted you to know how much I was thinking of you and praying for u on race day!!!! You did it and you are fantastic!! I am so proud of you!!!! You have accomplished so much and worked to hard!! I hope you know how fabulous you are!!!! Xoxo

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Jenna! I hope you had an incredible time :-D – a well-earned break and a chance to be kid-free! Thank you so much for your thoughts, love and encouragement. I think those prayers helped xxx

  • http://www.roadrunnergirl.com Mindy @Road Runner Girl

    What an awesome recap! I loved reading all the emotions you were feeling and thoughts you were having! You did AMAZING! I’m sooo proud of you!!!!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Mindy. At first I didn’t want to relive it, and then it was to much fun!

  • http://www.larsgrombach.com Lars Grombach

    well done kate, I i linked you in my newly updated post http://www.larsgrombach.com/2012/10/melbourne-marathon-race-recap.html check it out :)

  • http://www.runnershoe.blogspot.com Jen

    Congratulations! You are a marathoner :) Such an accomplishment and for a great cause too. Be proud of yourself. I loved reading your re-cap.

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Jen :-)

  • http://mommyrunfast.com Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Kate! Amazing! I am cracking up at your story-telling, love how you put this recap together. And I love all the fun words that I never get to use- bloke, mate, sharted… :) A marathon is painful, isn’t it? I felt the same as you at the end of mine, nothing left at all. But that’s what makes the accomplishment all the more amazing. YOU DID IT! So proud of you!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thank you so much Laura, and feel free to use some Aussie slang any time you like ;-)

  • http://lizforaday.com Liz

    Sorry I am so damn late. CONGRATES GIRL! I am so proud of you. I love your race report. Now I really want to be like you when I grow up. :) Except for the pooping part. :)
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks so much Liz! I was thinking about you at some parts of the run – I had my lovely blog friends with me for sure. Yeah – pooping is overrated.

  • http://littlejbird.blogspot.com Jenny @ The Little JBird

    I absolutely loved reading this recap! Absolutely fantastic race, girl! Many congratulations!!! Awesome AWESOME job!! :) Love the shirt too!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Jenny! I love that shirt so much.

  • http://www.runwiki.org Lisa @ RunWiki

    I know you did not hit your intended goal time, but still was an incredible time for your first marathon. I still can’t stop laughing about the poor old sod who “sharted” my husband keeps asking me “what is so funny?”. You’re right, that’s the best word ever! A big congratulations on a huge achievement! Nice work!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Oh I’ve pretty much dealt with the time thing – I knew it would be tough toward the end (though not quite in that way!) so I’m thrilled to have crossed the damn line! I’m glad it got you laughing :-) .

      Even better – thank you for commenting – now I have a seriously cool new blog to check out

  • http://www.cheeserunner.blogspot.com/ Brie

    Oh my gosh Kate, I am SO SO proud of you!! I had forgotten you were running last weekend and am so glad I came to check up on how things were going! (I’m not as good about staying on top of blogs). Thank you for sharing your honest recap. It’s so wonderful to read these amazing stories and I can (almost) imagine how it feels. I’ve surprisingly signed up (fairly last minute) for one next weekend but definitely no time goal as it’s ridiculously crazy elevation changes! It’s been great to read everyone’s experiences the past few weeks and be inspired.

    Your story is definitely an inspiration. I can try to imagine how it feels to finish but I bet that is something that really can’t be explained unless you’ve experienced. One of my training friends had a tough race (on the 7th) and told me it felt like childbirth. Hah! Lord I hope not because the thought of childbirth terrifies me.

    What a great memory! I’m so glad you had so many supportive people there to cheer you on. I love your shirt too :) Congrats on the awesome accomplishment, girl!!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thank you so much Brie! I was surprised at how easy it was to be honest (writing helps :-P ). Wait, you just randomly signed up for a marathon?! Amazing! Let me know how it goes.

      • Brie

        I will be posting about it hopefully next week! I’ll let you know :)

        It was fairly random but I had been training but w/no race for this season in mind. The course in my city wasn’t that exciting and I ended up finding something else. Things came together and it’s Sunday! It’s a bit crazy but should be fun, even though there will likely be a lot of walking :) We’ll see how it goes!

  • https://noshingonasphalt.wordpress.com/ Gina @ Noshing on Asphalt

    Holy freaking congratulations!!! I’m so proud of you (and equally proud you didn’t shart or poo yourself)! Your finish time was amazing especially for the GI issues you were having. I’m running my first marathon this weekend and am keeping my fingers crossed I don’t experience anything like you did. Congrats again!

    Oh yeah, I’m totally getting caught up on all my fav blogs so be prepared for multiple comments from me…

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thank you so, so much Gina – and comment away, I love it! The GI issues were less than great, but overall it was amazing. Good luck! I’m thinking of everyone in the Marine Corps marathon, and am so excited for you! I’ve been following your blog though, and you are so well prepared.

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