Mother Giraffe

Mother Giraffe


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.

  • Jenelle

    You make the cutest giraffe :=) such a cool photo of you runimals :=)

    Ooooo I soooooooo hope you get to go for a run this week but probably not as much as Mr The Rake does ?!?!

    • Kate

      Awwww shucks. I was a pretty angry giraffe by the time we finished the second leg! This chick can only handle so much walking and sun on a Sunday morning. Poor Rake :-( . Lucky for him he was away the whole week!

  • Mum

    So… it took me three attempts to read this blog without without tearing up and making a complete fool of myself. You know I hate crying around people!! I managed to completely fluke giving birth to an amazing person, and really regret only a few moments. They were the ones you managed to pinpoint in this blog. I will still have a few regrets, but thank you for forgiving me. I will continue to love you and be there for you for the next 50 years! (at least) xxxxx

    • Kate

      Oh Mum! I have nothing to forgive – you didn’t do anything to require it.

      Love you lots xxx

  • Holly KN

    I don’t think I’ve ever dressed up for a race. Call me boring, but it seems like a lot of work, and asking to be uncomfortable for the whole race. I guess I’d rather be boring than chafed? [Although I end up chafed ANYWAY, so I'm not sure what the point is.]

    Due to a careless handling of essentials after a race yesterday, I ended up boarding the bus this morning without my metro card. Cue me, the only white girl on the bus, shuffling through my bag to scrape together the single bus fare I needed to get where I was going. I’m counting out coins, turning redder by the second, imagining all the passengers rolling their eyes at “that tourist” (which I am not). I suppose it shouldn’t bother me, but you can bet I’ll be TRIPLE checking for my metro card for the next few weeks…
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    • Kate

      Lol! I can’t even imagine how frustrating that must have been! It sounds like you work crazy hard to fit in and be at ease and at home. It must have sucked.

  • Kat

    Looks like a super cute race time with Mum! ;)
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  • Amy Lauren

    Happy Mother’s Day to your mum :) .

    Confession… I do not know my husband’s number. Or my mom’s cell number. With having everything programmed in my phone I never have to actually dial it to know, which probably isn’t a good thing, in case something ever happens to my phone!

    Those macarons look delicious. I haven’t dressed up for a race but I always think it’s cool when people do. Makes it more fun for the rest of us!

    • Kate

      Soooo glad I’m not the only one!

  • Beth P

    I have worn tutu’s for races and dressed up as Punky Brewster for a Halloween run, but the giraffe is great! I have taken time off from running for plantar faciitis and am still struggling with it, but have found a way to keep it under control (ALWAYS wear shoes, lol). I haven’t left my purse home in awhile, but I did make it halfway to the coffee shop the other day with my phone on top of my car! Good thing it was in a good case that kept it there until I realized it wasn’t in my lap!
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    • Kate

      Nice to meet you! Punky Brewster is way cool. When I was little I had a Punky bed-spread. I don’t think I’ve done the ‘on top of the car’ thing yet – but I can’t be far off!!

      Plantar faciitis is the pits. Are you all about the gold ball rolling? I think it is something you just keep under control. I figure the first time is the worst because don’t know what it is – after that, you can tame it.

  • Kierston @candyfit


    I ran in my banana suit last week! It was so fun!

    Happy Mother’s Day to your Mom!
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    • Kate

      I loved your banana suit!!

  • jenna

    you sure make an adorable giraffe! I would be so embarrassed to have left my wallet at home. I thought it was bad enough one day when I didn’t have any cash to tip my manicurist! hahaha.

    • Kate

      Thankfully, tipping isn’t really a thing here (the prices are higher – staff get paid a LOT more than in the US and it’s not part of our culture) but having spent some time in the US I would have found it really embarrassing too!

  • Hollie

    I only know my parents number. True story…no one elses…not Tims, not my best friends..nope. My favorite races have all been dress up fun races and I like it that way. I’m actually taking a nice running break starting tomorrow.
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    • Kate

      Awesome. Like I said to Amy. So, so glad to know I’m not alone! How is the break going for you?

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero

    Your costumes are amazing, but your nails FAB_U_LOUS!
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    • Kate

      Damn straight! And thanks ;-)

  • Cait the Arty Runnerchick

    happy (Belated) mother’s day to ur mum!! gosh, have to say she popped out one AWESOME chica! :)

    like janelle said, u are just the coolest giraffe around!! i’ve never dressed up that much for a race before…with my sweat glands i’d prolly wind up cooking to death….charred giraffe, anyone? ;) jk

    haha…i think the plea, “insanity via not running” should hold up in court for any kind of offense/mistake. ;)

    • Kate

      Well…thanks! I think you could dress up – the problem would be whether you could handle going slow!!

  • Mindy @ Road Runner Girl

    Oh no! I have to say that I’ve never left my wallet at home…thank goodness! But yes your nails look absolutely worth it for sure! And I LOVE running in costume! So much fun!!!
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    • Kate

      Thanks so much Mindy! And…happy anniversary! (Belated)

  • Rachel B @ Busy Mama Fitness

    Good on Mr the Rake!!! And I have TOTALLY done that!!! Proud of you for sticking with your no-running and I can only imagine how hard that is! BTW – I love that you’ve dragged your mom to a Body Attack class!
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    • Kate

      Haha, she loved it. We may have backed it up with a pump class. Sorry Mum!

  • Gina @ Noshing on Asphalt

    Your escapades bring so much laughter to my day. While highly unlikely, I totally hope we can meet some day.
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    • Kate

      No way is it unlikely. There is no way I won’t be going to the US over the next few years. I LOVE travel and as soon as it’s time to go again, I’ll be there in a shot. And you’ll know about it!

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