What Happens after a Marathon?


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.facebook.com/alwaysrunningbutneverlate jenna

    I love the double meaning of the tattoo!! I’m sorry you’re experiencing the blues right now, but I know you, and I know it’ll pass quickly!! Enjoy relishing in your glory and accomplishment!! You are a rockstar!!

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      It’s all ok – I’m feeling good :-D

      Thanks Jenna!

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

    I love the tattoo and it’s meaning :) . Glad you haven’t experienced the post marathon let down but I think finding other racing goals is a good way to combat that. I do hope your soreness ends soon, but you completed a marathon which is a pretty big deal for your body, so get some rest this week before you start training again. You really are a rockstar!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Aw, thanks Amy! Nothing like a good racing goal on the calendar to make you smile :-)

  • http://www.candyfit.net Kierston

    Great post my friend! The tattoo is very delicate yet it holds such a strong meaning!

    I’ve definitely felt down after reaching a big goal…it’s like, what now? I think it’s normal :)

    Oh and in answer to your question yesterday re: the tattoo I almost got…It was going to be my Chinese name (the characters).

    Have a great day!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Kierston! You always seem to bounce back really well – and I love the Chinese characters idea – I’ve always worried that I’d get it wrong though :-O

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

    Woohoo Kate! I’m still so excited and proud of you! Love the double meaning of the tattoo! And I sooo remember that feeling of not being able to walk! It’s quite humorous when you are past it I promise! ;-)
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thank you! And yes, I’m starting t see the funny side :-)

  • http://itsaharleyyylife.com Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife

    great tat! I always love ones that have a meaning behind them. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to run a marathon but I think most people think that before they actually do it! What a great accomplishment! (:

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      So true! I think when push comes to shove, you just get it done. Thanks :-)

  • http://www.sneakersandfingerpaints.com Kat

    I love when races are over! I just have to gear up this fall as I have one a month so no lax time for me…boo…after a marathon, I will be sitting pretty for a while – YOU DESERVE IT!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      I reckon! Just giving the body time to chill out seems like the right thing to do at the moment, so life is cruisy!

  • http://www.mummylovestorun.com Jenelle @Mummy loves to run

    Love the tat! How cool and love the double meaning. So good to hear you haven’t got the post race blues. But by the sounds of it you don’t have time to be blue!!! Planning your next race and next goal is such a good idea and keeps you on track. With a first marathon like that you are going to pull some amazing times. Can’t wait to read about the long and successful running life that awaits you.

    Hang in there while you are apart from the Mr Rake. It will suck but it will go quickly. How are you going to celebrate being DONE with uni for good??? That is going to be massive.

    Love the blisters shot. My hideous feet remind me I’m a runner… So beat up :p
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Jenelle. I know you know all too well what it’s like not to have your significant other around – I feel like I do it much less than you!

      My parent are flying up to Canberra to be with me, and we’ll head out for dinner after. Very much looking forward to it!

  • http://sojustkeeprunning.blogspot.com Paulette

    Super cool tattoo – and congrats on the finish! I’m similar to you in that I immediately go on to updating my goals for the next event, so I don’t tend to get super let down.
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      It seems to be the best tactic so far! What’s on your race agenda?

  • http://fromcouchtoironwoman.com Jamie @ couchtoironwoman

    I definitely feel down after a big event! I have felt race depression after each relay that I have done and I felt it after my marathon (it was harder for me since I finished and my husband DNFed so I felt guilty). I’ve dealt with it by registering for other races! I registered us for a marathon after our first and then I just registered us for another after our first overnight relay. It helps me not feel as sad.
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      That sucks! And yet you keep at it – I hope you don’t sill feel guilty :-( . I’m so excited about the races you have coming up!

  • http://backatsquarezero.com Abby @ BackAtSquareZero

    Love the tat. I’ve been thinking about a running one on my foot for a while to symbolize my run struggles. “It isn’t easy. It is worth it!”
    I had a horrible first, swore the entire last 7 miles I’d never do it again. Cursed myself, hated it, crossed the finish line and instantly started planning #2.
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Abby – I’m pretty in love with it. Great idea for your tatt – and you are soooo right about thinking no way, never again, and then suddenly being open to another.

  • http://www.tlcretreat.com Tracey Livingston

    Congratulations Kate! What an awesome achievement. Isn’t it amazing what the body and mind can do when when commit to something.
    Best wishes for your next run!

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks so much Tracey! You’re absolutely right.

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

    I looooooove the tattoo!! I can’t believe some idiot pointed out you were walking funny – duh!! I’m not sure how many times I’ve walked down the stairs backwards just to avoid the stress on my hamstrings… Loved this post, Kate – thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Lol! Thanks Gina – the soreness is totally worth it. I think the guy was joking…I was way too out of it to discern the humour though.

  • Yingying

    I am running my first marathon on sunday 2nd dec and my daughter has dance performance that evening, with rehearsal at 2pm… Tis post has helped me greatly understand what my likely condition (worse than this! As i’m not as fit) will be after the race… Thanks for sharing :) i’m from singapore by the way! Do come to singapore to run in the standard chartered marathon usually on e first sunday in december.

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      I’m so excited for you! Definitely worth all of it. And you know what? I kind of want to do it again. So it can’t be that awful – right? I would love to come to Singapore! My father in law is over there and I’m trying to find an excuse to visit. It must be very hot and humid :-)

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