[a weight loss story]

*kathrynoh at nemesis dot com dot au*



I didn't get to be home alone. My housemate decided not to go out. Boo! Hiss!

I have to tell you what he made for dinner tonight because it had me speechless. He put a heap of butter into a frypan then got two crumpets and coated them with butter then fried them and added ham and cheese to the top! Those poor crumpets couldn't have absorbed another gram of butter if they'd tried.

Meanwhile I was making stock for my chicken soup. I've never made stock before. It's damn fiddly. Well fiddly in the way that I had to keep putting down my book and walking to the kitchen to check on it.

I also made stewed peaches because I got a big bag for $1 at the market. I added some grated nutmeg and cardamon pods. They were damn fine cos I tried some with ice cream. I rock at being a domestic goddess.

Tomorrow I'm making pasta for dinner so I can carb load. I got some spinach gnocchi from the market (I actually asked for pumpkin gnocchi but she took so long serving me, I dealt with it) plus a huge bag of tomatoes for $1 and capsicums for $1 a kg, zucchinis for $1 a kg and other stuff. The market seemed to be incredibly cheap today even for the market. I spent less than $20 and got so much food.

I had my radox bath. It rocked. I got out of my awkwardly shaped bathtub and dried myself before I realised I felt no pain. Woohoo! I have a few twinges now but I think they'll be right.

Just to solidify my resolve to be all healed by Sunday, I got out my clothes and packed my race number and stuff into my bag. I'm ready to go. I even made a special playlist for my ipod :) All I need do now is rest and eat carbs! To paraphrase Ralph Wiggum - that's where I'm a viking!

Right, thats what I am doing for my pesky hip!! Heat, Radox and Nurofen Gel...I will work on the iron-like will.

Btw, the oesteopath is on Queens Pde but not sure if it is the same one. If he is that damn hot, maybe I will have to check and switch ;)

Good luck for tomorrow Kathryn :)

By Anonymous Lee, at 7:57 am  

I'll bring the noodle with me tomorrow Kathryn :-)

Glad to hear that you will make it for the run.

By Anonymous Jaykay, at 9:12 am  

Baths are just such magic things!

By Blogger Sue, at 10:10 am  

I am using Jedi mind power to tell my
ankle to heal as well- it is my last chance. Hope the hip is pain free and the mobile phone bill is an incredible stuff up by Telstra for which they are terribly embarassed.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 11:12 am  

Good luck! Hope you have a great run tomorrow.

By Blogger Kek, at 12:53 pm  

Have a great run Kathryn.

Ralph, I think, is a philospher at heart. He is full of wise sayings. For example: "My nose doesn't bleed when I keep stuff out of it" or something like that. We can all learn something from Ralph.

By Blogger Celeste, at 3:38 pm  

Have a great run tomorrow Kathryn - look forward to your update.

By Blogger Linda, at 4:23 pm  

Hey Kathryn,

Your housemates lunch sounds like something Homer Simpson might whip up. Like that time he made waffles by pulling out a huge lump of butter, softening it up a bit in the frypan, then wrapping the waffles around it and eating it as a waffle-butter sandwich.

So, what's on your iPod playlist for the run?

By Blogger jo, at 4:42 pm  

OK, LOL at your house mate. I used to have a border, who was(is) also a good mate, but jaysus he used to concoct some weird meals. Add some Branston Pickle and raw onion and that crumpet deal would be right up is alley :-)

Mmm, carbs, I could go some jammy toast right now.....

By Anonymous Em, at 7:55 pm  


I Will Run On Sunday!

I've decided I'm going to run on Sunday. My leg WILL be better by then. I refuse to let it not be better. I really believe that when you decide these things, it works. Like when I had my gall bladder operation, I had complications afterwards and they wanted to go back in for exploratory surgery but I was sick of people cutting me up so I decided I'd get better. I laid in bed, willing myself to get better, focusing my energy.

The next morning they came in to do tests before the surgery, but I'd fixed myself and instead of surgery, they sent me home. Of course, it would have been much better if I'd decided not to get gallstones in the first place but better late than never.

Tonight I've got the house to myself. Woohoo! It's such a rare event. My sister's gone to the footy and the housemates are going out. I'm about to cook some Vietnamesey chicken soup then soak in a nice Radox bath.

I got the Radox from the chemist and the nice pharmacist told me not to ice but to apply heat. Between the heat, the Radox, the Nurofen gel and my iron-like will, I'll definitely be running.


With the phone bill, I'm waiting for Mum to send me a copy of the account then I'll work out what to do once I can see if it's a dodgy bill or just an horrendously overpriced plan.

The power of a positive attitude, I am sure you will come good. Just break up the run as a series of short runs between the drink stops and you will be right.

By Anonymous Em, at 6:13 pm  

I'd be getting some arnica to throw in the mix too bud. Brilliant shit. Look forward to Monday's update.

By Blogger Jules, at 7:39 pm  

That's the spirit, see you Sunday!

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 9:23 pm  




I'm feeling pretty down and sorry for myself today. My leg and hip are feeling worse to the point where I'm starting to wonder if I'll be able to run on Sunday. At the moment, I'm resting it lots. I'm not sure if ice will help or if it's too late for that but I've been using Norofen gel. The trouble with Nurofen gel is that you feel a bit better when you use it but then about 12-18 hours later you feel A LOT better so you start to think the problem is getting fixed, but it's just the gel.

The shittiest thing is that I can't go to the doctor because I have no money. Well I could go to the doctor but they'd just refer me to the physio or whoever and that costs $$$. And, after all that, they'd probably just tell me to rest it anyway.

On top of that, I've got this huge bill I have to pay. Last year my mobile stopped working - it just wouldn't charge. Around that time, my sister got a new phone even though her old one still had about 12 months of it's contract to go. Since her old phone was in Mum's name I thought I'd do the right thing and just use that to save Mum having to pay off the contract.

I swear at the time they said it was on a capped plan. But instead it is on the world's most expensive mobile phone plan ever. I had a few huge bills last year - I'm talking over $100 for the month - even though I rarely use the phone. I'd probably made about one short (5 minutes tops) call every couple of days.

I told Mum to ring Telstra and find out what was going on. I tried ringing them and they wouldn't discuss it with me because the phone isn't in my name. Meanwhile Mum did nothing about it. She seemed to think the bills were quite normal!!!

After that, I stopped using the phone except in emergencies. The bills were still high but a bit better. Now the contract is run out and I've been meaning to get it changed over to prepaid. I'd really like to get rid of it altogether but we don't have a landline here because the phone has never been connected so I need to have a mobile while I'm looking for work.

So this month's bill came in and it's $170. Yep, for one measly month. The only call I remember making was to Mum to return a call she'd made to me and she wouldn't stop talking and get off the bloody phone.

I have no idea where I'm going to get $170 from. A couple of weeks ago, I felt positive I'd have a job by the end of the month but now everything seems to have fizzled off and there is nothing promising at all. I'm so angry about this phone bill and really don't want to pay it. I wish I'd just gone out and got a new phone in the first place. I used to have a prepaid phone with Three and I'd get $50 of credit every 3-4 months and that worked fine. Every time I think about this bill I just want to punch something. What a waste of money. If I wanted to spend $170 on something nonessential I could have bought clothes or running shoes or something good!

Well that sucks. The phone bill does sound high - I am on a plan (not capped) and I hardly spend more than about $40 per month, but then I hardly ever use my phone

By Blogger deege, at 4:18 pm  

Yes that does certainly suck big time!! Mobile phones are just a thorn in our side :(

I really hope you will be ok to run on Sunday. Can you try a ice bath for the hip and see if that works, I am grasping at straws here trying to figure out what you can do.

Believe me when I say, we have been severely broke at times and it is not easy trying to live when the pennies are sparse. I really hope you get the job of your dreams soon or any damn job for that matter. Chin up Kathryn, I am sure things will get better :)

By Anonymous Lee, at 5:41 pm  

Get your Mum's password and ring Telstra and pretend to be her- then negotiate with them because they charged me another $15 every time my bill was overdue. I hope you find $50 in the pocket of a coat you haven't worn since winter- no make it $100.
Rest up and I hope you are okay for Sunday. Have you tried (I think that is it)

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 5:45 pm  

Oh No! Three seriously rotten things at once!!! Try and ring Telstra, when I had a mental phone bill they were quite nice about helping me with it (& even gave me a bit off).
No advice on the running as i am NO GURU but rest and stretch and keep up with the nurofen.
Boo to those jerks who didn't hire you! Fingers crossed for something else really soon.
I really enjoyed lunch yesterday BTW.
Take care

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 6:37 pm  

Kathryn, we have had some huge mobile phone bills in recent years too, not from ours but from the kids. One of the kids went really stupid with SMSs a couple of months and we had bills $500+ - the Telco's have got a lot to answer for with some of their plans. I really hope the injuries get better - hopefully a couple of days rest will see them right for Sunday.

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 7:41 pm  

That sounds like you are being ripped off, how can the bill be so friggin high when you havn't used the thing? I'd be asking questions mate.

By Blogger Chris H, at 8:05 pm  

You need to find out if you have other parties somehow tapping into the phone account. Telstra should be able to tell if your number is being used by other people. This DOES happen, it has just happened to my mum. She had 2 other parties using all her pre-paid credit every month. She too wondered what the hell was going on as she rarely used the phone . She was given a phone number to call to de-activate the access these people had to her number.
Claire :)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:49 pm  

I would agree with morseyruns - get your Mum's details or go over to her house (if she lives closeby that is) and get her to give you permission for 3rd party access - then negotiate. Get a copy of the bill and ask how they can justify the charges - and actually make sure they haven't made an error. Then walk into Virgin and get a cap - if you take your own phone like me, the cap is $240 for $40 a month I think.

I know it seems like a lot of faffing about but you might as well do something with the fire in ya belly!

I came back from the Uk years ago and left a boyfriend there. Telstra USED TO charge the same whether you called a mobile or a landline in the UK, and my mother was on one of those plans, $5 for an hour or something. So my mother has a 3 month billing cycle, and at the end of the three months I had $300 put away for the bill - $5 a night, 5 nights a week, 12 weeks.

We got the bill.

It was...$1,980.

Telstra - completely within their rights, completely stated in the T&C's - had decided to change the rate on their calls to mobiles. They didn't have to even notify their cust. It was all in the contract.

I rang them and pleaded my case. I spoke to the Team Leader. I begged. I threatened. I got them to reduce the bill to $500. So it is WORTH chasing this!!!!!

Now I'll shut up and go back to uni work!

By Blogger crankybee, at 12:00 am  

Big {{{HUGS}}} babe. Bills suck full stop and most services are a complete rort. Man, what about Cranky's experience!

By Blogger Mary, at 11:47 am  




I do not like donuts. I can't remember even the last time I tried them. I can remember going to the Dandenong market with my mum and sister as a kid (so I must have been in grade one or two since that's when we lived in Dandenong) and she'd buy donuts for herself and my sister and I'd chuck a huge spazz because I wanted a different treat. I'd never, ever eat the donuts because I hated them.

So tonight Andrew bought over some Krispy Kremes and I decided to try them. I had a bit of one with vanilla icing and a bit of one with apple cinnamon filling. The icing was yummy and the filling was okay. The donuts were disgusting.

I've eaten food that I don't like before but not like this. I felt like some slimy parasitic hellbeast had taken root in my stomach and, even after a cup of coffee and water, I can't get the gross taste out of my mouth. It's not even the taste, it's the waxy, icky coating.

How can people eat those things? If I'm going to put a pile of fat and sugar into my body, I want it to be a superlative pile of fat and sugar. No more Krispy Kremes for me, next time I'll just chuck a huge spazzy fit because I want a different treat. Of course, it'll probably have the same effect on Andrew as it did on Mum and I'll end up with a clip around the ears.


My back and left leg have been awful sore since the weekend. Not just sore but stiff and sore. I've been hardly able to bend over or squat to pick things up off the floor. It's strange - I often have problems with my right leg but that's fine atm and now the left is being dodgy.

Luckily I found a great cure. I went to go-go dancing tonight figuring if it didn't kill me it would make things better and it worked. All that shimmying and shaking the hips loosened everything up and I feel fine. I'm still going to take it easy tomorrow then go for an easy run on Thursday.


Why did no one tell me they have a Prison Break ride at Luna Park? I'm so there. This weekend. Actually it's not a ride, it's an 'experience', an intense, exhilarating, live interactive 'scare' experience!

The 'prison' includes a holding cell, followed by a disorientating chain link, cage maze, filled with dynamic audio and strobe lighting, intense and scary special effects, plus a cast of very hungry inmates. Join Michael Schofield and his brother Lincoln Burrows in your attempt to escape Officer Bellick and the guards of Fox River penitentiary. It's the scariest place on Earth! Find your own way out!
How good does that sound? Apart from them using the words 'intense' and 'scary' too many times in the copy, and apart from it sounding like a crappy maze with some lighting effects. Other than that though...

I haven't been to St Kilda in ages so afterwards I can partake in St Kilda type activities like eating ice cream and wandering the streets bitching about how the place is a shithole now the yuppies have taken over.

There's so much gold in this entry. Like the last line, and the "If I'm going to put a pile of fat and sugar into my body, I want it to be a superlative pile of fat and sugar." Ahhhhh :)

Glad to hear the go-going sorted your aches and pains!!

By Blogger Shauna, at 4:07 am  

At last - a donut-hating soulmate. I can't stand the things either, they just taste like fat and sugar....with no flavour. My husband brings KKs home when he passes trhough Sydney airport and the kids love them. Me, I'm not tempted in the slightest.

If I'm going to eat fat and sugar, PLEASE let it be chocolate cake, cheesecake, creamy vanilla ice cream, or anything with taste!

By Blogger Kek, at 7:55 am  

I love those donuts and I fully appreciate every one of the alleged 48 grams of fat in everyone. I am glad you all hate them, because there are more for me, they are mine, all mine (cue evil laugh)

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 9:09 am  

LOL ROFL at the last line, the other place to do that is Brunswick St!

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 9:18 am  

If I'm going to have a donut it has to be a Vic Market donut. Fun little dough bags of sugar!

I'll have to try the go-go dancing one day - keep on posting the dates and I'll get my arse into gear eventually. Is it only Tuesday's (karate night).

By Blogger Linda, at 11:32 am  

I like donuts a little bit, just as well we are all different eh? Like you though,I'd rather have something with more taste. Lunar Park, what city is that in, it sounds like fun! If it's either Brisbane or Sydney, we are definitly going there in May! Can small kids go on that Prison Break ride?

By Blogger Chris H, at 2:39 pm  

Oh Kathryn, I was feeling guilty enough about the donut I ate today before I read your post - now I feel even worse! Coincidental that both our posts today mention donuts!

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 9:09 pm  

I'm glad someone else doesn't get the whole KK thing. They are a heart attack waiting to happen. I didn't eat them BEFORE I lost weight!

I must remember the go-go dancing cure. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Hope the ride is all you expect. Enjoy St Kilda.

I'm looking forward to hearing all about R4K. Have a wonderful time.

By Blogger Kathy, at 10:12 pm  

Bwahaha...I'm not a fan of Krispy Kreme either. I don't understand what the fuss is about!

By Blogger Mary, at 11:44 am  



Weigh In - 76.3 kg

Argghhh, I've put on a kilo this week and I know why... too many snack foods. We've been watching Angel on dvd pretty intensely (like a whole season in 3 days) and snacking out on sugary treats while doing so. Not good. I can't believe I've never watched Angel before. Andrew also said it was better than Buffy but his reasoning was that the fight scenes are better. He never mentioned psychic karaoke or anything important.

So this week, no snack foods. I'm cutting down on my running before the Run for the Kids on Sunday so I can't afford to be sitting around eating all week.

Yesterday I went on a 10 km run. Well it started out that way. I didn't run far when things started hurting - my leg and hip - so I stopped running and walked for most of it. My hip and lower back have been a bit dodgy ever since my massage and I didn't want to push myself.

When I go out for a run and can't actually run, I get all snarky. Snarky at myself because I should be doing more. It's like if I plan to run and can't, I'm never going to be able to run again. Strange thinking, I know, but that's what goes on in my head. The truth is that if I'd tried to run those 10 km, I'd probably have really screwed things up.

Still a 10 km walk is better than no exercise at all.

The back and hip still feel stiff and sore today. I'm going to rest and maybe do some yoga later to see if that helps.

Ah, psychic karaoke....I'd forgotten about that! I loved the earlier seasons, but the latter ones got a bit silly.

By Blogger Kek, at 9:47 am  

Definitely no more snacks for you missy or we'll have to chain you up! You have to listen to your body too. I hope the yoga helps you out. Sounds like you need to take it a little easier until you get up to speed again. Be good to yourself :-)

By Blogger Health Bites, at 9:56 am  

I know what you mean. Last night I went for a run along Elwood beach and had to stop and walk a couple of times, whereas last week I ran 14kms (albeit with a few rests inbetween!)!!! What the hell's up with that?! It makes me think "I was able to do this before, what's wrong with me?!" but it's so important to listen to your body, so important.

Hope you have a great week leading up to the race!

By Blogger Philippa, at 10:24 am  

I always have this struggle when I am running. Yesterday I wanted to do a longish run and felt depressed because some muscle soreness prompted me to cut it short.

By Blogger deege, at 11:09 am  

I cannot speak about running for I have no knowledge! Hope you're having a good week.

By Blogger Briony, at 11:43 am  

Taper taper taper Kathryn!!
rest rest rest

and kick arse on Sunday! (although I'll give you a ring to catch up about the t-shirt before then)

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 2:17 pm  

Struggled on my run tonight (and couldn't blame it all on Moose-the-extremely-stupid-dog) and then worked out I hadn't eaten for 4 hours. D'oh!

By Blogger Sue, at 6:57 pm  

I would like to disassociate myself from any "Andrew" who says that Angel is better than Buffy. How could it be better without Sarah M-G ? :-)

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 7:00 pm  

I have seen Angel a couple of times late at night and it is quite addictive. Much better than Buffy.

By Blogger Jules, at 8:49 pm  




Is there some legal defense you can use when killing your housemates? Like say if they are drunken yobs who come home EVERY night around 2 am and wake you up so that you get to the point where you can't fall asleep before 2 am any more? Say if they walk down the hallway ogre-like shaking the house on it's foundations?

And why is it that our water pipes make the most godawful racket whenever you use the washing machine except this morning at 7 am before I went running when I really wanted them too? The housemate's bedroom is next to the laundry and I figure if he doesn't care about waking people, neither do I.

The training run went well this morning despite the interrupted sleep. I think the drunken yob housemate bought a girl home last night. I didn't see her, thank god, cos I'd hate to imagine the kind of desperate skank who'd sleep with him. He lacks any redeeming qualities.

I'm feeling quietly confident about the run next weekend. I've put in a lot of hard work over the past few weeks and I feel good about it.

A few weeks ago I posted about how I hadn't been progressing with my running but, when I get honest with myself, I hadn't been trying very hard. I thought because I went running a few times a week, I should be getting better at it but in reality I'd gotten slack. I'd go out and do an easy 5 km around the block and that would be it. I started taking walk breaks, thinking I'd build on my distance but then I took more and more breaks and did less running. It's not enough just to put in the time - you've got to put in the effort too.

The past few weeks have been good. I've really gotten much stronger. All up, I'm happy with myself.

In the absence of a legal defense, if your running keeps improving you'll be able to outrun the police when they come to arrest you!

By Blogger Kathy, at 10:07 pm  

I'm sure that being drunken yobs counts as extreme provocation and no judge could possibly convict you.

Ugh, housemates who bring home stray people - been there before!

By Blogger Kek, at 11:45 am  

NO NO NO !!! You cannot kill them mate, keep them alive and torture them instead, much more gratifying! It will burn up calories just thinking of ways to make their lives miserable..... get thinking. ha ha ha

By Blogger Chris H, at 3:40 pm  

I am sure all your hard work will pay off at R4K :)

By Anonymous Lee, at 4:04 pm  

It's so cool that you getting honest with your training. I know what you mean and it's easy to get comfortable and then 3 weeks later you realise, WTF. You're a real inspiration with all the running you do :-)

By Blogger Health Bites, at 7:24 pm  

An easy 5kms! I didn't know there was such a thing.

Maybe you could booby trap the house so that at 2am he falls over random objects like skateboards for instance.

By Blogger Debstar, at 7:26 pm  

Oh I don't think there would be a jury to convict you if you killed them ;).

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:53 am  




I had my massage this morning. It was a good massage but not a superlative one. I'm kinda regretting not going to my old massage place still I'm all relaxed and about to drop asleep now.

It's awful windy outside. I hate the wind. I have to walk down to Fitzroy which bugs me. One of the reasons I didn't want go to my old massage place was so I didn't have to go to Fitzroy. Arrgghh! Fitzroy is full of posers. You know what I hate, people who call themselves Fitzroyalty. How much of a wanker do you have to be to use that phrase? Those people should be lacerated with a zillion paper cuts then dunked in salt. Go be a poser after that, wanker.

The reason I have to go to Fitzroy is to go to Snooze, which I doubt will be full of posers. Snooze used to be Cap'n Snooze but now it's just Snooze. I wanna know why... was the Cap'n court martialed? Did he get a dishonorable discharge? Questions will be asked. I bet Cap'n Birdseye is laughing now.

No exercise today, I'm just going to vege out and chill after my massage.

I felt shockingly bad after my run yesterday, totally washed out. Later in the day I wanted to nap but my sister told me to drink water - der! I hadn't drank any all day and think I'd got a bit dehydrated.

I had another dream about the Run for the Kids last night. This time I got there and I didn't have my run number or other things. I went to see about it but got told the run was starting and to run without it then I couldn't get my ipod to play my playlist. It was all extremely stressful.

I think the reason for the dreams is not so much that I'm panicking about the run, it's more getting to the run. It starts at 8.30 and, because it's on a Sunday, I'll have to catch the very first train. Public transport on Sundays sucks. If I miss that train, I'm rooted.

Loved the post! I live in Brisbane so the 'Fitzroyalty posers' is quite amusing :)
I'm interested to know about the removal of the Captn aswell.......

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:03 pm  

Connex at my station seems to suggest that there will be extra trains on Sunday to account for the run. Surely that means that they will put on some that will actually enable us to get to the start on time?

I am planning to go by train too, and I hadn't even thought far enough ahead to check the timing etc.

By Blogger deege, at 4:55 pm  

Fitzroyalty - I've never heard that one - urgh! I do agree, people using that term should be dealt with severely.

By Blogger CaramelKitKat, at 5:07 pm  

Another one catching the train, yikes!! A bit nervous about that.

As for the baby-sitting, got the 9year old organised just gotta sort out the pesky 3 year old, lol!

By Anonymous Lee, at 5:27 pm  

Fitzroyalty - never heard that term, but I agree you'd have to be a wanker to use it about yourself.

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 8:13 pm  



Awful Run

This morning I had the most awful run. The plan was to run to Princes Park, meet Simon and do 3 laps then run home, making it 16 km in total. Well I run to Princes Park okay but when I got there I could have quite happily gone back home to bed.

The first lap took forever with walk breaks and stretch breaks and toilet breaks. I didn't time it but it felt like a long, tough time. The second lap wasn't so bad and the third one I just wanted to get done so I could go home.

I don't think early morning running is good for me. Late morning isn't so bad but this morning I practically got up, got dressed and headed out the door. I think I need waking up time to get all the body parts working. Plus I didn't eat. My new fave pre-run breakfast is english muffin with banana - gives me lots of energy without sitting heavy in my belly. I skipped that this morning and went straight out running. Well okay, I'll be honest, since I didn't have any muffins, I had a handful of tiny teddy biscuits. Not at all a good idea.

On top of that, I saw my physio yesterday and she did a lot of work on my hips so not the best day for a long run.

Oh well at least I've got my run done since it's going to be 33 today. It was nice and cool this morning and quite a bit foggy.

He he! Tiny Teddies have made it onto my breakfast table a few times. They are such delightful little friends to have around. Somehow I think eating a banana instead might have been better for you this morning.

By Blogger Debstar, at 1:11 pm  

That was good run to Princes Park at least :) I was at Princes Park around 11am today and I pulled the pin at 2.5km, I just could not be bothered :(

I am hoping to bounce back tomorrow.

By Anonymous Lee, at 5:37 pm  

Jeez, I shoulda run this morning because it was shit this afternoon.

At least your intentions were pure :-)

By Anonymous Em, at 8:47 pm  

I have a theory - any exercise you do when you don't feel like doing it counts for double! According to my theory, you ran 32 km today!! Well done.

By Blogger Kathy, at 10:55 pm  

Kathryn, have you tried English Muffins with Peanut Butter - that is my idea of heaven. Only trouble is I can't stop once I start.

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 11:16 pm  




The other night I had a dream - I went to the Run for the Kids and they made us do the entire course as a practice before we started. My feet hurt after that and I wanted to go home and change my shoes but I didn't have time. Arrrgghhh! Talk about stressing out.

Yesterday I went for a run at Princes Park, mostly nice and easy with a few fast bursts. Ended up doing 8 kms with two 1 kms @ 5.12 mins. I used to always try to maintain an even pace when running but my physio said it's better to vary my pace so my body changes posture and I'm not creating impact in the places when I run - of course, that's what she said to ME so if you try it yourself and get an injury, don't come crying to me.

I've got a physio appointment today and then the massage on Friday. I'm a bit iffy about the massage timing - I want it close to the run day but not too close. I had the choice of Friday this week or Wednesday next week. I'm thinking of changing it but maybe I'll just suck it up.

I was supposed to go to go-go dancing last night but a friend was giving me a lift and we had a mix up over the class time so I didn't get there. Will definitely be going next week.

That is funny about the $50 for the drive home. Good on you. Your running is amazing me Kathryn. Enjoy the massage whatever day it is.

By Blogger michelle, at 12:49 pm  

Gosh - TWO 5 minute/k's! I am sooo impressed, and only a little jealous! Well, maybe more than a little. I ran my guts out and still only managed 6.34.

By Blogger Celeste, at 2:23 pm  

One word for you mate -

I'm jealous of your speed too! Go Kathryn go!

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 2:52 pm  

Wednesday next week should be fine for a massage, just tell the MT you have an event on the following Sunday and they'll bear it in mind.

By Anonymous Em, at 9:06 pm  



Weird Morning

It's one of those days. I got up with morning planning to go for a run but it was raining and I don't want to run in the rain so thought about going back to bed until the rain finished when I heard a knock at the door.

When out and it was the owner's grandson (just to confuse issues, I think the dude at the door is actually half owner of the house but they don't say that because they like to play the sick old granddad card). Anyway apparently he'd gone out last night, got shitfaced and picked up some chick who lives in the area. This morning he was stranded and couldn't get a cab because of the rain. He offered me $50 to drive him home.

Normally I'd be happy to help someone out without payment but then I remembered that this is the same guy who a few weeks ago was on the phone yelling abuse at me because I was late in paying my rent - even though the reason I hadn't paid was because his sister hadn't come over to collect it. If you remember my past entry, this is the dude who wanted to come to the fun run at the zoo to get the rent money.

I took his cash. I'd have taken his cash and ditched him halfway except he knows where I live.

Actually I nearly ditched him halfway anyway because he wound down the window and leaned out, hoiking up spit balls. Then got back in the car and told me he'd almost spewed. Charming. He'd have been paying a lot more than $50 if he'd spewed in my car.

It was an entertaining trip, especially after all my talk about this house being haunted, because he told me about all the people who died here. I thought the house had belonged to his grandfather but it actually was his grandfather's brother's. The grandfather's brother was an alcoholic and one night his wife was sick of him coming home drunk so locked him out and he died in the gutter. That's just one of the eleven people who've died here.

Yep, the scum lords are a truly classy family.

It's weird. Despite all this crap, I've never felt creeped out by this house even though it's a big, old house. I've lived in a few places that have really creeped me. I don't really believe in all that stuff but some houses really do have a bad vibe to them.

Anyway, since I'm relatively cashed up at the moment (I also got the cheque for my article yesterday), I booked a massage. I've had a mini dilemma - normally I go to a wonderful place in Fitzroy that are $65 but the local health food shop have a clinic upstairs and they have had a $50 special. I know that my usual place is guaranteed to be good but decided to give the local place a go. Not only am I saving $15 but I don't have to go to Fitzroy and that's a bonus cos Fitzroy bugs me.

So the rain's stopped and I should go running. I'm not sure where I want to run today. I skipped the R4tK training yesterday because I couldn't be stuffed going into the city and went to the gym instead for some cross training.

Oh yeah, tonight is Go-Go Dancing night. Woohoo. Tower Hotel, Collingwood @ 7 pm.

ETA: I forgot to mention the weirdest part of my weird morning. I had a pair of handcuffs in the back of my car - they've been there for well over a year since my friend gave them to me and I'd forgotten all about them - but the landlord dude just happened to see them and pick them up. He held on to them and played with them the whole way home then, when he was getting out of the car, asked if he could have them!

I was going to say, 'screw you buddy' but then realised it would be one less bit of junk in my car to worry about and anyway, if I were tempted to play bondage games with handcuffs, it wouldn't be with the cheap novelty ones in my car.

Do you use all this weird stuff as inspiration for your novels or short stories?? Man, you'd have material for a library's worth!!!

By Blogger Celeste, at 2:30 pm  

Gross, $50 was cheap considering what a pig he was, yuk spitting out the window... did ya have to clean the outside of the car? ewwwww. Go-Go dancing, yep see ya there... in me dreams LMAO

By Blogger Chris H, at 3:00 pm  

Wow that is just fascinating! Really proves the old "truth is stranger than fiction" line. You've got so many great stories that will come out of that house. Something to remember next time they are giving grief ...

By Blogger Viv, at 9:55 am  

You have such an interesting life- what sort of a person gets their tenants to drive them home after they have picked up??? I would have taken the money too. Still, what a freak! You have been doing some great running lately- so consistent.
Hope he cuffs himself to something and can't get them undone.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 12:31 pm  

I'd have charged him another $50 for the handcuffs!

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 10:20 pm  

Your stories about your house and housemates just crack me up! (Not in a "sucked in" kinda way, just in a "the barstards" kinda way)

Here's hoping that the stories i've heard about someone having committed suicide in my new house are exaagerated... *crosses fingers*

By Blogger c2s Hayley, at 1:44 pm  



Happy Buffy Day

It's 10 years today since Buffy first aired. I'm going to celebrate by slaying something tonight... maybe one of my housemates.

I'm actually starting to think that my house is built on a hellmouth. The other day the house moved so none of us can lock our bedroom doors. I know old houses move and settle but that much in such a short period?

I don't like not being able to lock my door because our ex-housemate is wanted by the cops. I'm not sure why, the cops wouldn't tell me but I figure if it's something big like murder, they'd say, right? Anyway we think he still has a front door key although we aren't sure cos he never used it, he just climbed in and out his bedroom window! I have kind of fixed the lock for now anyways.

We did a quiz in Cosmo yesterday - 'Is your house haunted?' and we answered a most emphatic yes to all questions although the one about objects being moved or vanishing might be more the housemates than something supernatural.

Anyway, enjoy Buffy day. Have a double meat burger or a jar of blood to celebrate.

Ooooooooh I soooooo know what you mean by finding carbs in things that you don't think have many carbs!

Ha! Ha!

I wish I could get into running like you are! That's my new year resolution (that I haven't tried to achieve yet!)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:50 pm  

Wow - thanks for telling me about the Buffy-versary. My only complaint is that you haven't got SMG in the picture :-)

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 9:21 pm  

Only 10 years? Surely not? It seems like Buffy's been around kicking vampire arse for much longer....

Hmm, an anniversary - what better excuse than to drag out the DVDs and have me a Slayer-fest this weekend?

By Blogger Kek, at 10:24 pm  

Hey Kathryn thanks so much for your kind words today. And most of all, for your hilarious posts. I was just reading the one below about your toilet distraction in your fun run and I got the giggles, instantly made me feel better :) Thanks for being a good friend

By Blogger Kenz, at 11:21 pm  

10 years... oh my god. i feel ancient!

btw, onya for the big loss this week, woo!

By Blogger Shauna, at 5:12 am  

Buffy - seen it once I think! Is it really great then? Bugger about the bedroom doors not locking, sounds iffy your house! Ya get earthquakes there, cos I wouldn't wanna be in your house by the sound of it.

By Blogger Chris H, at 6:55 am  

Two of my favourite men in the one pic, yay! I just started watching Series one again last week, they're all so young, cute and perky then.

By Blogger your bloody valentine, at 7:19 am  


Weigh In - 75.3 kgs

A decent 700 gram loss this week. I'm happy with that - I did well most of the week but kinda lost it on Friday and Saturday. Especially Saturday when I went to Daylesford for my run, couldn't stop eating all day.

I did okay with the cutting back carbs. Sort of. It's hard, really hard. You forget how many carbs there are in the world! Like apples - full of carbs. And coffee - lots of carbs in the milk. Not that worried too much about that, more the refined carbs. One of the things I found hard was if I'm in the city and need to grab lunch, I'll often get something like fruit toast because a) I love fruit toast and b) it's safe - they can't go adding fatty nasties to it in the kitchen. Oh and c) it's cheap. I don't mind eating out and having a splurge if it's a meal with friends and a big treat but if I'm just grabbing something at a cafe because it's convenient then I don't want to go overboard so I'm going to stick with the fruit toast and bugger the carbs.

I went for a run yesterday. I don't know why but I got to Princes Park and sat in the car for ages, not wanting to start. Finally pulled myself together and go out there and did it.

Started with a warm up lap of Princes Park then aimed for a lap at 6 min/km pace, a km recovery then another lap at 6 min/km pace. Pretty much went to plan except I went a bit under 6 min pace - more like 5:50 min. I figure that isn't so bad since I kept it pretty even.

I felt good when I finished and even thought about doing another a lap but it had gotten dark and was a bit creepy running around some of the not so well lit parts of the track.

I'm planning on going to the R4tK training tonight then doing another session at Princes Park and a long run this week.

Please tell me that the carbs in apples are not in the realms of carbs in potato?? Apple is not one of the high-carb foods you hear of. I certainly don't focus on minimising carbs, but when I realise they're creeping up and make a conscious effort to not over-eat them, it is amazing just how much in the way of fruit and veg I consume. Who knows whether it's the reduced carbs or increased f&v, but I feel great after making the switch.

Have you tried carrying around almonds to snack on? They are surprisingly filling and more economical than cafe food.

By Blogger CaramelKitKat, at 1:29 pm  

Gee your running is amazing ... you will have no trouble on April 1st. For snacking I hav ediscovered Uncle toby nut crunch bars and keep one in my bag. Still carbs I guess but cheap and do contain nuts.

By Blogger michelle, at 4:16 pm  

YOu know what is the most STUPID things carbs are in??? BBQ SAUCE!!!! 14.7 in 20ml or something DUMB like that! WHAAAA!!!

By Blogger crankybee, at 8:43 pm  




Yesterday we went down to Daylesford for a fun run - Run for your Life.

We had to call into Bunnings on the way and so I HAD to have a sausage from the sausage sizzle stand, it's the rules you know. But I didn't have one after the run so it evens out, kinda.

I got to the run and - oh yeah, you'd better skip this part if you are at all delicate about bodily functions - I needed to poo. I went to the toilet several times and no dice. Then we did a warm up and I did a fart and felt fine until the run started. I got about 100 metres into the run and realised everything had loosened up! Yikes!

The first half of the run was through the bush and I had to do a combination of walking and running and, trust me, the running was in very short spurts. In hindsight, I'd have been better off missing the start of the run and ducking into the loos then catching up but nope, I kept going.

I got to the first drink station and they'd run out of cups! Well they had two and we had to share them.

Oh my god, the first 2.5 km were grueling. I'd say worse than the Mountain to Surf at Lorne and that was tough but only at the beginning. Lots of big hills and some very steep descents. I hate the descents - I can't even walk down a flight of stairs without a handrail so I was freaking out.

I was almost tempted as we ran through the bush to drop back to last spot so I could squat behind a tree without anyone seeing me, my need to go was THAT urgent.... but I just couldn't. So I kept it up, running for as long as I could then walking.

Finally we got back to Daylesford Lake for the last 2.5 km and I did another stupid thing. I asked one of the marshalls if there were any loos. She said I could run over to the toilets then back to the run but stupid me thought it's only 2.5 km, I'll keep going otherwise I'll be dead last. I'll definitely know better next time!

I made it around the lake (which is much bigger than I thought) and almost to the end when the marshalls told us we had to cross the road and do another bit *groan*. I'd been keeping up with a few girls all the way but had to drop back or I'd disgrace myself (yeah, I'm not holding back here). Finally got to the finish line and ran through straight to the toilets.

My time for the 5 km - 42 mins! That's so shitty (no pun intended) cos I'd done an easy 5 km run Friday morning in 35 mins.

Afterwards I caught up with Simon, who'd come in 10 seconds behind the third place getter. I said if he'd known, he could have pulled out an extra 10 seconds but he reckoned he didn't have it to pull out.

Then came the best part of the run. Massages. Oh my god, that was the best massage ever. My legs have been sore for weeks so I needed it even if I had done a lousy run. I told the massager I had very tight glutes and IT bands so she started rubbing and asked if it was too hard. I told her that it tickled so she said she'd go harder. She pushed her elbow into a spot on my glutes so hard I almost jumped through the roof but it fixed everything! Woohoo!

She also did some stretches on my legs where I laid on my side, with my bottom leg bent and the top leg behind me, pushed down lower than the bed. Does that make sense? Anyway it worked a treat cos I could feel it all loosening up. I'm going to try those at home.

Afterwards we went to the convent... an old convent that's been converted into an art gallery, cafe, etc. I've been to Daylesford a few times but never been there. It's lovely. The cafe was closed so they sent us to the bar for coffees. We ordered then went outside but someone was having a wedding reception and all the locals just happened to be sitting outside having drinks while the guests arrived.

We went back inside and curled up in a nice cushiony booth. I kept eyeing off the scrumptious cakes. I have cake issues - often I'll feel like a little cake but, I know if I order cake I'll get a huge chunk. Sure I could just eat a little of the huge chunk but I resent paying $7 for much more cake than I want. I guess it's a good thing cos it stops me ordering cake at all.

So anyway the woman serving cut off a tiny sliver of cake and I thought that is the tiniest bit of cake ever. Then she came over to our table and gave it to us to try. Yes, Bri, more free cake! And oh boy, was it delish! Kind of like a vanilla version of tiramisu.

I slept most of the way home, got back to Simon's and his partner (my best bud), Tim had been slaughtering chooks. Luckily he'd cleaned up all the mess before we got home. Well it wasn't so much luck - we'd called him an hour before and demanded he cleaned up all the mess!

I got home exhausted. I hadn't slept much all week so it wasn't from the crappy run but just everything catching up with me. I ended up missing Bee's birthday party because I just couldn't make it off the couch.

I'm still chuckling here Kathryn. The massage sounds great. The poo story is hilarious. I hope there was toilet paper!

I know exactly what you mean about not eating all the cake. It's why I don't order it either. Lucky you to get a free taste.

Looking forward to hearing about your next run.

By Blogger Kathy, at 6:57 pm  

This post has everything! Running, poo, free cake and slaughtered chooks. Glad you had a good day- despite the time- it really isn't so bad and you can blame the poo because it certainly ruins a run.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 8:07 pm  

Great story Kathryn. I don't know how you kept it in. Just goest to show how much determination you have.
I've only been to Daylesford once & I loved it.

By Blogger Debstar, at 8:25 pm  

LMAO ! I'm surprised needing to go poos didn't make you run faster to get to a loo! Lucky you didn't have the shits eh? lol Why oh why do people keep giving you free cake!

By Blogger Chris H, at 9:55 am  

I hope you weren't farting all the way round!! He he he. It's always the way that you can't do number twoseees when you need to. I always got bound up before weighin night at WW. Then as soon as I got home I would lose another half a kg.

By Blogger Jules, at 11:10 am  

Great race report :o) had me sat here chuckling into my cuppa :oD I loooove that stretch along the table - my MT does that too, and it really works. Btw, reading about the foam roller, I use a rolling pin to sort out my ITB if it gets niggly. B****y hurts, but worth it. Also, and don't laugh, but try sitting on tennis ball. Find the point in your glutes where it hurts (the knot) then place the tennis ball there. It's a little bit of trigger point therapy, releases some of the tightness that causes the ITB to contract.

Hope they remain trouble free!


By Blogger Beakus, at 11:24 am  

LOL Kathryn - I always get s giggle out of your posts!

I am actually quite impressed with the strength of your *ahem* rear end muscles. You must have held them taut for the entire 42 minutes. What stamina!!

By Blogger Celeste, at 11:49 am  




I've just been for a run. It's deceptively muggy outside - I thought it would be quite cool but I sweated like a sweaty thing. I'd been planning to a tempo run at Princes Park today but then realised I'm doing the fun run at Daylesford tomorrow, so just did an easy 5 km around the block instead. I'll do the harder session on Sunday.

When I was seeing my PT at the gym, she made me do this horrific exercise (if you can call it an exercise) for my IT bands - you laid on a hard foam roller then dragged your body along it screaming in pain. Awful, but it worked. I'd like to try it again but since I no longer have my gym membership, I have no hard foam roller. I'm thinking of filling one of those large water bottles and freezing it then wrapping it in a towel and covering it with maybe a sock or something to hold the towel in place. If anyone has any better ideas, let me know.

A couple of people asked me about the energy gel I had on my run. It was the GU Chocolate Outrage (thanks Andrew) and it does taste like melted chocolate or like milo when you eat it straight from the tin :) It's hard to judge how much it helped but I did have heaps of energy left after my run so I figure it can't hurt. I had another one too that Simon tested out that was citrus - I don't know the brand - he said it was like concentrated powerade and he had a lot more urgent need for water afterwards than I did. Wow, I feel like one of those restaurant reviewers that say things like 'my dining companion choose the lobster'. I think the best thing about mine was that it fit in the pocket of my running shorts nicely while the one Simon had was longer and kept running against his waistband.

Speaking of shorts, I wore the new running shorts on the long run. I wore them on Monday but felt so self-conscious cos they are MUCH shorter than my old ones that I put on tights underneath. It was too hot to do that on Wednesday. They were great but I think it defeats the purpose of the technical fabric if you wear your big, cotton granny knickers underneath.

Anyway, as to the gel, I think it helped. I mainly took it because I wanted to experiment for when I'm doing longer runs training for the half marathon later in the year. Since we were running around the city, if I got a stomach ache I could jump on the tram and get home without any issues. I don't think I'd take something like for a run like R4tK without trying it out first because they can upset your stomach. Now I want to buy more chocolate ones to have as snack foods - 100 calories and I felt like I'd had a chocolate pig out!

Those gel things sound devine, wonder if we can get them here! Enjoy your weekend girl!

By Blogger Chris H, at 2:43 pm  

Kathryn I bought a Noodle from Clark Rubber and cut it into 3 (as it's so long).

If you like you can have one of my pieces (if I can remember where they are).

And I use the Chocolate Gels as well. Think mine are the Power Gel ones which you can buy at Safeway supermarkets. They also have them in Coffe Latte, which are also delish!!

By Anonymous Jaykay, at 3:35 pm  

Just out of curiosity Kathryn, how often do you intend to take the gels and when? Do you carry water? I'm using Gatorade but more out of a habit coming from a hot climate than any great need for an energy drink. Is a 10km run too short to start testing out these gels?

(Actually I just like the idea of a legitimate intake of chocolate and if I can justify it as "training" then all the better!)

By Blogger Celeste, at 5:26 pm  

I am really interested in trying these gels as I have found since I have been upping the kms, I get a bit head achey after run. Not sure if they would help but I guess it is worth a try.

By Anonymous Lee, at 6:08 pm  

Hi Kathryn I don't know if you've ordered a R4TK t-shirt but if you haven't, I'm not running now so you can have mine if you like :) email me & we'll work it out

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 6:38 pm  

Ouch, I know that ITB stretch well, used to do it before Pilates, I found that it did get less painful if I did it everyday.

"So my partner choose the citrus gel, while I selected the chocolate, we both agreed that no matter what they taste they all have the consistency of snot" LOL

By Anonymous Em, at 8:40 pm  

Yep, yum, Chocolate Outrage. You are right about it being deceptively muggy tonight too, I found the same thing.

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 9:13 pm  

GU gels are one of the best in terms of flavours. My other fave is EAS gels in strawberry-banana flavour - they're like eating strawberry jam with banana mashed through it. DIVINE!

I'm hoarding 3 boxes of them, because it seems they're no longer in production. :(

By Blogger Kek, at 8:26 am  

Oh, read up on sports nutrition at the AIS website...they have free fact sheets for specific sports. All very interesting and even in plain English.

By Blogger Kek, at 8:27 am  



Interviews and Running

The interview went well yesterday, but could have been better. I'd have given myself about a 70%. Now it's a case of waiting and seeing. Had another interview today for a different job and an interview with a temp agency tomorrow. Oh I was also contacted last week about a 2 year contract with a very major IT company, so waiting to hear about that and then yesterday got a call about a job - the company is one that at least 2 of my ex-workmates from many years ago are now at, so hopefully I'll get an interview and get a chance to harass them (I've got a feeling if my name is mentioned around them, they'll end up in a fetal position under their I used to be a hell cat at work). I figure I'll be working by the end of the month or something's wrong.

We did our 15 km training run tonight, from Kensington to Footscray Rd then following the Run for the Kids route to the domain. I was in two minds about doing it because sometimes it's better not to know but it turned out to be a smart decision. From Spencer St to the domain was a very easy run and most of it is a nice downhill slope - just what you want for the end of a race. Of course it will be much easier on the day without all those pesky commuters around Flinders St.

I wanted to try out some sports gel so we took that at the half way mark. I had a chocolate flavoured one which tasted surprisingly delicious and most satisfyingly chocolately. Then we had to find drink fountains. Stat.

We took a different route back, trying to avoid too many people. Going around Docklands, I had to stop and play on some playground equipment. It was this space age merry go round thing, you stand on with a handle. I went one way and it was nice and gentle then I turned it the other way and it took off - I couldn't stop spinning or get off! And the bloody thing wouldn't slow down. I screamed. A lot. Eventually I stuck my foot out and slowed myself but was very giddy.

Around the 10 km mark, I felt really strong and good. I realised in race conditions, I could happily pick up the pace quite a bit. I'd be rooted when I finished but I could do it. Of course, being a training run, I didn't.

I finished full of oomph albeit with sore, tender IT bands that needed much stretching and icing (with ice packs, not like a cake). All up, I feel pretty confident about run day.

Next week we are going to try 5 laps of Princes Park. Simon thinks since we did so well today, we can fit in another 2 long runs. I'm not so sure about that.

I have my fingers crossed for you with the jobs... and I am in awe of how much running you do!

By Blogger Chris H, at 5:58 am  

Must have been a real confidence boost to know that you can now run the distance.

Love the sound of the playground equipment. Might go check it out when I'm next up that way.

And good luck with all your interviews.

By Anonymous Jaykay, at 11:05 am  

Mmmm. The chocolate gel thing sounds good. What is it called? I might get some for race day. Did you find a big difference after taking it?
Liz :)

By Blogger liz, at 12:27 pm  

Was the energy gel the "GU Chocolate Outrage" - I love them they are gorgeous, just like eating melted chocolate. The job front sounds pretty promising - and your running sounds like it is going great guns - R4K watch out!

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 5:54 pm  

I love reading your blog Kathryn. The vision of you stopping during your run for a close encounter with frenetically spinning playground equipment is hilarious.

Good luck with the interviews. I hope you get a job that you love. And best of luck for the R4K.

By Blogger Kathy, at 10:14 pm  

You are going great guns with your running, you will blitz it on race day!!

Where did you get your energy gels from? I think I need some of that :)

Fingers crossed on the job front.

By Anonymous Lee, at 4:39 am  


Other things

I forgot to mention in my last post, I'd been mucking around with a running calculator, to get estimated times for different distances. I found it interesting that the pace it said I should be running for long runs is faster than I normally run while the pace I run for shorter ones is slower. That is pretty much what I'd have thought and it's all mental.

When I set off on a longer run, I think I've got so far to go that I can just take it easy... and end up taking it too easy. So today on my run I want to stick to a doable but not too cruisy speed.

When I'm doing shorter distances, I tend to underestimate them in my head so set off full speed then have trouble maintaining it so I want to bring it down a gear.

All up, I guess what it means is that I tend towards two paces - really slow or really fast (well fast for me). I need to play around with finding the paces in between.

Now to answer some questions I've been meaning to answer for a while.

Jadey: No news from the slumlords about the rent increase, but then I haven't seen them since. They are late coming to get their rent money. Who knows what they'll say when they come over - they might have even forgotten the whole thing.

Chris: Your question about yoga is a hard one. It's like asking how long is a piece of string! People do yoga for different reasons, and there are so many types of yoga. Personally I like it because it stretches out all my sore, stiff muscles I get from running. Plus I've got a limited range of motion and a total lack of flexibility so it helps me with that too.

I've been working on this with my physio too. It cracks people up when I say this, but I can't spread my legs! If I sit on the floor with my legs apart, I can spread them about a metre. My sister laughs at me cos she can spread her legs real good but I tell her that's because she's a slut :)

Yesterday my son came over for dinner. He told us many funny stories about working at the call centre. The past two years, whenever I asked him about uni, I'd get an 'it's okay' and nothing more so it seems he really likes working. I think it's been a really good move for him. He's even planning on spending his pay on grown up stuff like a new bed (even though I only bought his old one about 5 years ago and I told him not to jump on it!) and a new telly.

When I took him home, I raid his apple trees. Since they don't pick the apples I hate seeing them go to waste (and they are so much more delicious than shop apples because they've just grown wild). My sister and I have been watching Angel - I've never seen it before despite being a huge Buffy fan - so last night I chopped up a big pot full of apples then stewed them to freeze. I still only got through about half a bag! Still another bag and a half to go.

And, talking of my son, I had an interview at the Children's Hospital yesterday. I had to wait in the foyer to be collected and watched all the families coming in and out. It made me realised how lucky I am. Growing up, Andrew never had anything more severe than the chicken pox and even that only lasted a few days. He has amazing good health (touch wood) and that's something you take for granted but really having a sick child, especially one with a serious illness would be the worst thing I could imagine dealing with.

Oh yum, stewed apples, my favourite fruit to go with my raw rolled oats! Yes, we must all be thankful for healthy kids, most of mine are thank goodness. Only one (Steve) is having a few problems at the mo, dicky heart rhythyms (sp?) and dizzy spells. WAiting for hospital in Auckland to see him.....

By Blogger Chris H, at 10:16 am  

Yes, thank goodness for healthy kids. Jake's hospital visits have all been sports' injuries...
Interesting about running speeds - I think I only have a fast and a slow speed and can't do anything in between.

By Blogger Sue, at 11:15 am  

Josh spent a bit of time in RCH with a Vitamin D deficiency and his allergies but nowhere near as heartbreaking as some of the kiddies you see.

ps. Job interview?? RCH is about 50 metres down the road from my current work.

By Blogger Linda, at 12:55 pm  

How did your interview actually go?

By Blogger Jadey 0:-), at 4:13 pm  

I was going to see you at Daylesford but physio says only light runs for the next few. I only have slow and really slow as my pace!

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 4:28 pm  

Kathryn I am a huge Buffy fan too, but for some reason I don't like Angel at all (Angel the show that is, I don't mind Angel the character in BTVS).

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 5:08 pm  

Interview, interview!? How did it go!!!? Are you still up for meeting this Saturday for lunch??? Let me know...

By Blogger crankybee, at 9:05 pm  



More on Running

Yesterday I went for a run at Princes Park, a nice easy one and managed 6 km. Then we decided to do another km to finish off and I wanted to see how fast I ran do 500 metres. The other day I said I didn't think I could ever run a km in under 5 mins but I did 500 metres in 2.19 mins so who knows? I kinda shocked myself with that.

Tomorrow we're doing a long run, trying to cover 15 kms before the Run for the Kids. We're starting at Simon's place then following the R4TK route to the domain and home again. Hopefully we'll make it (but luckily we have public transport as a back up plan).

Yesterday I also worked out my running plan for the rest of the year. This is what I want to do:

April - Run for the Kids
July - Run to the G (10 km). I was thinking of doing the half marathon but I want to do the 10 km and focus on doing it faster rather than doing a longer event. I think that will be more fun.
August - City to Surf - fun and a holiday. Woohoo!
October - Melbourne Marathon, half marathon.

I think that is plenty to keep me interested and focused.

You little speedster, you!! Well done :)

Good luck with the 15km run tomorrow. I still cannot even imagine running 15.2km! I guess I will find out on the 1st April, doh!!

By Anonymous Lee, at 10:06 pm  

I want to do city to surf. Even if I walk it that's my goal for this year. I have to do city to surf :)

By Blogger Jadey 0:-), at 10:19 pm  

Good running plan. I was planning to do the CityToSurf this year too, but it ain't gunna happen, maybe 2008.

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 10:51 pm  

well done. good luck with the 15km.

By Blogger Weight Master, at 2:50 am  

I've been getting tired just reading your posts of late. You're a machine. Have fun running tomorrow.

By Blogger Debstar, at 7:22 am  

It's great to see you challenging yourself with your PBs and how many great events have you got planned too! You ARE focused :-)

By Blogger Health Bites, at 9:49 am  

Good luck with the run Kathryn. Just remember to hydrate really well beforehand and make sure you take water breaks while running as it's going to be fairly warm.

Dehydration is not nice. Headache, lethargy, pain :0(

By Anonymous Jaykay, at 12:33 pm  



Weigh in 76 kgs

Down a little bit this week. Should have been more but I ate too well this weekend. I went to a bbq at a friend's house on Saturday night and I just can't resist cheeses.

My challenge for this week is to cut back on carbs. I'm not doing anything stupid like going low carb, not with the amount of running I've been doing lately. I just want to get back to regular carbs instead of insanely high carbs, and making sure the carbs I do eat are unprocessed (ie. not cake).

I've decided against going to the Run for the Kids training session tonight. I've had some aches and pains in my leg so figure I'd rather just have a light run at the park and know I can stop if I have any problems rather than risk overdoing it. Plus it's Moomba weekend so the city will be awful busy.

I've been getting grumpy because my housemate stores all his shit in the hallway. So yesterday I started cleaning up. My room gets so dusty and awful because the hallway is such a dusty mess so he came out of his room and I asked him to get rid of his shit so I could clean. He started thumping things around and I thought he was pissy with me but when he finished, he'd cleaned out all the hallway and it looked lovely. He wasn't pissy at all, he said he'd been meaning to do it for ages but had been too lazy. So we were all happy because cleanliness is godliness and all that. Today I'm going to get a doormat to stop so much gunk getting into the house. It's good to have these things sorted.

It's good to see you listening to your body and knowing how to treat it. I need to kick some of my carbs too and cheese, it's creeping back into my diet! Dairy makes me have the runs LOL.

A clean house = bliss.

By Blogger Health Bites, at 2:01 pm  

Good luck with the carb cut down. I need to cut back too, definitely too many pasta and bread type meals in my diet at the moment!

Your new housemate sounds good. I love having a clean house as well, though the reality is I'm lucky if I get any time to get a decent clean out done. Tom helps out but I think the problem is we now have too much space to clean.

By Blogger your bloody valentine, at 3:06 pm  

What happened with your slumlords, their rent rise and the cleaning thing too?

By Blogger Jadey 0:-), at 5:15 pm  

I had a great big piece of cardboard haunting my hallway for weeks, left over from an Ikea book shelf I bought. I finally whipped out the stanley knife and cut it up for the recycling today. WOW, I forget that my hallway was that wide :-)

The cat is a bit pissed off though, he was having fun running through the cardboard tunnel.

I'll join you in the cutting down of bad carbs, refined carbs are my biggest weakness, Bakers Delight is my porno LOL

By Anonymous Em, at 5:56 pm  

Alright - I'll join in, no refined carbs. I'll see if I can last a week.... starting tomorrow.

By Blogger Celeste, at 8:00 pm  

I just reviewed my food diary and my carbs have been through the roof lately. I'm in! I'll cut back the carbs too.

By Blogger Kathy, at 9:47 pm  

woohoo for the clean hallway! :)

have to agree with you on the cheese. i kept hacking bits off a block of parmesan the other night. it's like dark chocolate, they say "you can only eat a little bit"... bollocks, i say! i could have scoffed the whole wedge.

By Blogger Shauna, at 10:22 pm  

not long until the run 4 the kids now, is it? you are being really consistent, well done. Are the bloggers meeting anywhere?
Isn't it nice to have a clean house? Good on you for risking the housemate's ire and getting a great result :)

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 12:26 pm  



Running... yet again

This morning my friend, Simon, and I headed over to Coburg for a fun run put on by the Coburg Harriers. We got there and everyone looked intimidatingly fit but we did a few laps around the athletic track to warm up and tried not to look too daggy.

Everyone started very fast and I got caught up in so was out of oomph by the first km (we were doing the 6 km run). I slowed down and kept going. I kept telling myself I could jog as slow as I liked but I couldn't walk. I figured it's easy to move from a slower jog to a faster jog than from a walk to a run.

Coming back for the last 3 kms, I felt better and speeded up. I wanted to do under 40 mins and did it in just over 36 so felt pretty good. Since I've never done a 6 km run before, it was a PB :) but also comparing my pace per km with other runs, it was my faster run so I'm well happy. Simon also did a great time - the fastest he's ran since he was 17.

I've decided my strategy for the Run for the Kids is to give myself a 5 minute walk allowance. That way I'll not feel pressured to have to run the whole way, but I know I won't want to use it up too soon so I'll push myself.

Tomorrow is run training again then Tuesday is my day off. I think I'll go to Go Go Dancing again because it will be a great way to loosen everything up.

Kathryn, well done on the 6km run, sounds like a good one! BTW, I read your article in WH&F yesterday, good work!

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 7:36 pm  

Great time for a 6km run, well done :)

By Anonymous Lee, at 10:30 pm  

Well done with achieving a PB with the 6km run!

By Blogger Health Bites, at 1:58 pm  



Running (Again)

Run for the Kids training again this morning. We'd planned to do the long run (11 km) but I got there after a late one last night plus some niggles and aches from increased training this week and got tempted by the shorter (km) course. We finished that and felt like slackers so did a second lap.

Afterwards, I still felt slack as. But I think that's a good thing - I'd rather do 8 km and feel like I hadn't pushed myself enough than finish feeling stuffed. We didn't even take many walk breaks. Walk breaks are evil when I run with my friend Simon cos we get chatting and forget to start running again! Anyway, since we've got lots of running to do, having one easy one is a good thing.

I've been talking about doing a half marathon all year. First up I thought of doing the Great Ocean Road one in May, then decided to do Run to the G, but now I'm tempted to put it off until the Melbourne Marathon in October. Part of me thinks this is slackness but I kinda want to have a period where I'm not working towards a specific event and I can just run for the fun of it.

Oh yeah, I'm doing the Run for your Life at Daylesford next weekend. We're entered in the 5 km because I'm sick of 8 km runs. That's all I seem to do at the moment and I'd really like to push it over a shorter distance. Is anyone else doing this run? It's for a great cause.




Playlist challenge:

So far I've got 9 songs out of the 20 new songs for my challenge. It's hard work thinking up songs. Thanks for the suggestions - I already have heaps of RATM and Pistols on my ipod though since they both rock :)

Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
From Small Things (Big Days One Day Come) - Bruce Springsteen
Held Up Without A Gun - Bruce Springsteen
My Pants Keep Falling Down - Frenzal Rhomb
Sometimes - Spearhead
Alright - Supergrass
Fee Fi Fe Fum - Candy Girls
X-Files Theme - Triple X

Okay, the last two are dance music, even though I hate it. I found a CD of dance tracks from 1996 or so that I'd borrowed off a friend (which is why you should never loan me CDs) and thought I'd bung them on. I downloaded some Sleater Kinney but a lot of it's slower than I thought. Everything else I've thought of, I can't find. Will go raid friend's CD collections on the weekend.



I think I mentioned before that I've suspended my Fitness First membership. So today I looked up the timetable for my cheap and basic gym up the road and found out they are doing a women's bootcamp program. I rang about it and the next starts after Easter. Perfect, because I think I'll need a new challenge after the Run for the Kids. The price is right too - $100 plus the normal $3.95 gym entry. The downside is that it's on at 6.30 am. I'm not a morning person. The trainer sounds great too - she's also training for the R4TK atm. I think the sign that you've become a real runner is not anything to do with running times or distances, but when you get happy about finding someone new to talk running to.

Miscellaneous ramblings:

I did no exercise apart from a bit of yoga today. Lately, I've not had the time or inclination to work through a whole yoga dvd so I've just been doing some of the sequences I remember from classes. When I do a class or dvd, I get all caught up in trying to keep up or worrying what comes next whereas just doing stuff myself, I focus more on getting the posture right and my breathing and all those things I should be thinking about. I'm thinking of grabbing some books from the library and doing more stuff just on my own.

I was going to clean the bath and have a soak but remembered I throw out my epsom salts cos they'd got all icky. Damn it. I want salts to soak in. A bath might be nice anyway.

Boot Camp sounds like a great idea but I have to agree with you on the time though, 6.30am sounds a bit rude, lol!

I am so embarassed about my music when I read everyone else's songs. I would have to be the biggest dag that is stuck in a time warp!!

By Anonymous Lee, at 6:50 pm  

Agree about how great when you find another runner. It's amazing the people at my work that I've found out are runners, and I had no idea until I started myself. I have done two boot camps and they are great. I was too late registering for the last one and missed out. Go for it I'd say.

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 6:59 pm  

Several songs on teh footloose sound track that have a great beat.

Let's hear it for the boy
holding out for a hero

AC/DC tend to be good as does Nutbush City Limits.

Not too sure if our tastes in music mix though

By Blogger Kada, at 7:22 pm  

Hey, what does Yoga do for you exercise wise? I hear lots of people talking about it, but have never tried it. Do tell...

By Blogger Chris H, at 8:57 pm  

The running sounds like it's going great guns. I'm loving the muscly calves. You gotta love a bit of muscle.

I'm digging some blondie right now on my ipod. Nice and rocky and upbeat.

By Blogger Lainey, at 7:31 am  

The bath sounds nice. I've moved into a new place and there is no bath - just a shower. How I long for a bath!!!

Lee, my songs are a little alternative, and some quite dated - so I'm with you about not posting them! I still need a power song too.

Good luck with boot camp Kathryn. They make it 6.30am so that it's hard before you even start!! I'm not sure I'd cope well with someone yelling at me.

By Blogger Celeste, at 10:32 am  

YAY for finding another running buddy to talk to. I get excited when I meet other yogis :-)

I agree with following your own routines with yoga. I use Shakti Yoga as my guide and do what I want now and what I think I need to focus on. There are some great books out there with sequences.

Have fun!

By Blogger Health Bites, at 1:56 pm  



New Shoes

I got my shoes - I ended up with Adidas Supernovas. They are very bouncy and best of all, they don't squish my toes. I tried to explain to my sister how my Nikes make my feet feel - it's like they are going OUCH, OUCH, OUCH, OUCH with every step. But sometimes its each individual toes going - ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch... you really need to hear me say that with my piggy toe wheeeee voice to get the full effect.

So of course I test them out. I did a slow warm up run - 3 kms down to Princes Park, met up with my friend, Simon, and we tried a 3 km tempo style run. We aimed for 6 mins/km and managed it in 17.25 (well Simon bolted at the end and did more like 17) which was good. Still kept a pretty even pace cos we knocked off around 5 seconds every 500 metres, so it was more like 5.50 pace. I thought I'd surely die for the last 500 metres but kept going... because I rock and I have new shoes. After stretching and bitching time, I ran home. All up around 9.5 kms.

That's three days running in a row cos I'd forgotten I'd done a short run on the treadie at the gym on Tuesday. Rest day tomorrow, thank goodness. We've been training hard after our 'oh my god, it's five weeks to the Run for the Kids' panic and definitely not keeping to the sensible only increasing 10% rule, but I've been pulling up fine and doing lots of stretching and walking, which I find a great recoverer (is that a word?). Tomorrow I think I'll do a yoga session to get everything well stretched.

Oh yeah and the best part about my shoes - I got them from the outlet shop for $80. My ebay sales covered the cost and I have more money to collect. I think I'll put the rest towards a visit to my favourite massage therapist. Plus I got another comment on my muscular calves - I'm starting to get paranoid. Maybe it's not a compliment, maybe I have freak leg muscles!

I also got an upper body workout today. Our new housemate seems like a nice enough guy but there's a connecting door between my room and his and my bed was right up against it. Because he's a tradie, he gets up at some insane hour and wakes me. Plus I think his TV was on the other side of the door. So I blocked up all the gaps in the door and moved the furniture so my wardrobe is up against the door now. Hopefully I'll sleep much better. I am so stupid. I tried to move my bookcase and it wouldn't budge, then I looked down and realised I have over 40 ks of hand weights in the bottom shelves (and that's on top of all the books and crap). I took them out and it moved much easier!

Great news about the new shoes, they'll be well and truly broken in for R4K (which by the way it sounds like you'll blitz).

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 9:29 pm  

$80! Bargain hunt!
And I am in awe of your running prowess as always :)

By Blogger Shauna, at 10:48 pm  

It's alwasy fun to get new shoes! Congrats, don't get too many blisters before they break in.


By Blogger Silas, at 4:34 am  

Love the shoes and what a bargin. Yep, re moving bookcase, you are a dork! Mind you, we all are on ocassions eh? Have a great weekend.

By Blogger Chris H, at 6:13 am  

Woo hoo- new shoes! I love mine so much I have refused to wear the others at all- I know they feel like a jilted lover but I have moved on now and I think they should too!

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 10:07 am  

They look like great shoes. My old Nikes used to make my middle 3 toes go completely numb after 10mins on the treadmill. I passed them onto my daughter & they had the same effect on her too. I'm not fussed on buying another pair of Nikes again.

You'll have to post a picture of your calf muscles, flexed & unflexed and we'll let you know if they're freaky or the nicest possible way of course.

By Blogger Debstar, at 12:02 pm  

Love the new shoes and your running! I feel your pain with the roommate. I used to go to sleep listening to music with headphones. That seems to help.

By Blogger TrixieBelden, at 12:16 pm  

Great looking shoes! Glad you bought ones that don't hurt your toes now too.

By Blogger Health Bites, at 2:00 pm  



I forgot to mention that I also went for a run last night. My friend Simon had entered the Sunset Series at the Tan so I went down to run with him. We parked on the other side of the tan track so we did a 2.5 km warm up run beforehand and 1.5 cool down back to the car, making it 12 km in total.

After Bathsheba's comment on my last running post, I've set myself a challenge. I'm going to create a playlist for running with 20 brand new songs. So far I've got five. It's hard to think of songs I like that I don't already have, and I hate dance music.

I finally got paid a big chunk of my ebay money so I'm going to buy shoes today. Woohoo!

Edit: As Andrew and few others said in comments, adults can be just as annoying at the movies as kids. Well technically, it's all adults. You can't blame a two year old for acting like a two year old but you can blame the parent for putting them in the situation to begin with. It's like the cinemas figure less and less people go to the movies, so they let anything go. They should realise that this is what keeps people away. Next time I'm going to consider running to the cinema down the street for choc tops then coming home to watch a downloaded copy of the movie in my own home.

The sex at the movies thing is so wrong. When they opened the new cinema at Melbourne Central, they have the halfpipe (I think that's what it's called) cinema with beanbags instead of seats. I grossed out because I thought people would have sex on them. My sister thought about that for a while and asked why I thought that. I have no idea and it made me realise I have this whole beanbags = sex thing going on in my brain. I've never even had sex on a beanbag (that I can remember) so I dunno where that came from.

I must now send this ebay stuff posted and shoes bought.

Have fun shopping Kathryn.

So right about kids at movies. The only movies Josh sees are kiddies movies so they can all go nuts together. I would be too embarrased to take him to an adult session.

By Blogger Linda, at 10:37 am  

Hooray for eBay money and new shoes!

Beanbags at cinemas, that's just asking for trouble! Maybe you have that scene from Muriel's Wedding in mind?

Friday night was the first time I'd ever witnessed anything like that. I always thought any sexual act in the cinema was an urban myth! Now I know better ...

By Blogger your bloody valentine, at 1:15 pm  

That beanbag'd have to be pretty well full up of beans, otherwise you'd just sort of get lost in there, wouldn't you? LOL!

Now i'm gonna have THAT image in my head all day...


By Blogger c2s Hayley, at 1:36 pm  

Hi Kathryn if you hate dance I recommend some punk or metal music for running tracks. They are nice and fast and help keep the motivation up I reckon! I still remember Rage Against the Machine helping me get up Heartbreak Hill in the city 2 surf!

By Blogger yublocka, at 2:42 pm  

That's so funny about the beanbags!
My 3yo has never been to the movies and won;t be going until she can watch one at home without having to wander aorund every 10 minutes.
BTW re your last post, I've seen your calves mate and they ARE very muscular. Sounds as though you are training really consistently for the R4TK. don't compare yourself with last year, your life is completely different now. Balancing work and training is a huge challenge.

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 4:09 pm  

Well done on another good run. I'd recommend some Sex Pistols - always make me go fast. Sex in a bean bag - sounds like hard work to me :-)

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 9:01 pm  

YAY for shopping and being able to buy stuff you need (and just want)!

We have a cushion cinema in Darlinghurst (Govindas) and I never thought about the sex aspect. Most people just fall asleep LOL.

Post your playlist...pretty please. I was doing one for my yoga last night but still getting some tracks together.

By Blogger Health Bites, at 1:57 pm  



Good and Bad

I checked out the Converse outlet today - thanks Jaykay for the head's up, I'd have never thought of going there cos I assumed it's all Chuck Taylors and stuff. I tried the Grid Triumphs - I'd forgotten which ones you said but my sister said to get them cos they are triumphs - and also some pink ones. I did like the Triumphs.

Anyway I got two real ego strokes - first they had a chart to see which shoes were appropriate, eg. foot type etc. The runner types included 'serious runner'. A serious runner does > 20 km per week. I'm a serious runner!

Then, when I ran a few laps of the shop to test out the shoes, my sister heard one of the sales folk say to the other 'boy that girl has muscular legs'. And that's in a sports shop!

After that, I checked out Nike again and saw the ugliest running shoes in existence. Leopard print and hot pink Nike Frees. OMG. You'd run fast in those, cos you sure as hell wouldn't want anyone seeing you wear them.

After all that, I decided not to purchase. I had enough money on me but it would have wiped me out. I know I have cash coming in over the next few days but figure I'd rather wait a few days than have something go wrong. The shoes will be there next week. I also want to try out the Adidas ones I looked at plus, hopefully, some of these deadbeats on ebay will have paid me by then.

Arrgghh, just a short rant on ebay - by the time you take the pictures, post everything with ebay crashing constantly and then chase up payment, it's not worth the effort.

And, something else I've been meaning to rant about for a while, why the hell do people take kids to the movies? I mean really young kids, like babies. When I went to see Rocky Balboa last week, we had some people behind us with a baby. The baby cried in every pivotal scene. I wanted to kill them. Some other people in front of us had a two year old who ran around the cinema like a ... well like a two year old at the cinema. Seriously, if your kid is too young to sit through a movie, leave them at home (preferably with a babysitter) or go to one of those crybaby sessions or maybe go to the drive in (which is only a suburb or so over from the cinema) where the kids are not bothering other people.

I'm about to email Hoyts and let them know how I feel. And next time it happens, I'm going to say something to the parents. If I'm paying good money to see a film, why should it be ruined because they are so rude and selfish?

Agree 100% about the cinema, adults who continually talk loudly to each other are just as bad as the young kids too! The last time we were at the cinema (it was Melb Central I think), an usher actually asked a couple to be quiet. I'm not sure if someone had complained or not, but it was the first time I'd seen it happen.

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 10:15 pm  

Good job getting the leg comment - it feels good when others notice that you're in shape.

I was rather shocked to see a small child, about 5 years old, in one of the Lord of the Rings movies. I don't know how a child that young would internalize all of the violence, but it can't be good.


By Blogger Silas, at 2:59 am  

Good luck with Hoyts, bet you get nowhere! They won't give a shit, as long as people pay the money to see the movie .... I hate little kids at movies too, so you are not alone on that one.

By Blogger Chris H, at 5:57 am  

Go you with the muscley legs!

I have to agree with you on eBay, it shits me to tears trying to sell anything on there. Plus there are the seller's fees.

I saw something rather, err, interesting at the cinema last Friday night. We went to a hilariously bad cult movie and were sitting in the back row as it was a really little cinema. There was a couple sitting a seat or two away from us and the girl was giving her man some hand relief. I didn't know what to do! It was kind of distracting, funny and gross so I tried to shut it out as there were no ushers about. But what would I have said if there were ushers? Errr.
Little kids at the cinemas shit me too, but I generally don't get them, just arseholes who play with their mobiles for the whole way through. I don't get why someone would pay $15 just to be bored and text their mates, surely you can do that at home?

By Blogger your bloody valentine, at 7:21 am  

The cinema is about the most annoying place ever. But I love movies so I keep going back ;o) I've found the trick is to sit in the back row... that way, there's no wrapper rustling/talking etc behind you :o)

Go you with the runners legs! Woohoo!!

Take care darl

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:25 am  

I'm absolutely with you on the cinema thing. They're just being selfish. Wait till the bloody movie comes out on DVD!

Now, how do I get your legs?

By Blogger Sue, at 9:35 am  

I'm with you on the cinema thing. They may be able to ignore their children, but they should have a bit more consideration for other people who are trying to watch!

I didn't know they still had drive-in's in Australia. Now THERE's something I have some very fond memories of!

By Blogger c2s Hayley, at 2:27 pm  

I hate the cinemas because there's always some selfish idiot. Dan's tech obsession means me can watch the latest on a big fancy screen at home now. Not complaining!

I've heard you've got great legs :-)

By Blogger Health Bites, at 1:54 pm  



Happy Day

Today I had a happy day, not just an absence of sadness day but a really happy one.

I went into the bank this morning to yell at them, cos the cheque I've been waiting to clear still hadn't. Before I could even get mad, the girl said it was wrong and fixed it up for me. Woohoo! Then I kept walking into the city. I looked through a couple of the outlet shops in Smith St and I reckon I can get a pair of running shoes for $80-$100. That's much cheaper than I was expecting, and who cares if they are last seasons. People run okay in them a year ago.

Then, extra special, I went past my old (extremely expensive) hairdressers and they had a notice on the door saying they wanted training models for cuts and colours. The cuts are $22, rather than $2,200 and you still get to sit in the massaging chairs of happiness while they wash your hair. Those chairs are worth $22 on their own.

I got to the gym early and did 20 minutes on the treadie running up hills before my body balance class. OMG, I thought I was taking it easy doing body balance today. Not so. It was grueling. But, for the first time ever, I realised how to use my core muscles to balance myself. Woohoo, I'm getting stable!

From tomorrow, my gym membership is frozen for 3 months. I can't afford fancy gyms and I'd rather spend my money on other things. That means I can go back to Go-Go dancing class next week.

Tonight Andrew is coming over after work (it feels so weird to say that). We'll watch Prison Break and I'm going to splurge on some fish n' chips, or maybe just fish and salad.


This site is worth checking out Go For 2 & 5 for some recipe inspiration. I've found being skint is great for pushing you to try new recipes. I made Sang Chow Bow for the first time the other night (and definitely not the last) and also invented a kind of vegetable fritter (chuck in all your leftover vege, mix in your available flavourings, egg & flour... dry fry in fritters).

I got no problem with last seasons runners, in fact I have a shiny new pair of Brooks Trance 5s still (they are up to 6 now) in the box waiting their turn, got them way cheap from the US when the new models came out.

Good news about the hairdresser, a gals gotta treat herself.

Chuck some spuds in that vegie mix and you have my favorite treat, Bubble and Squeak!

By Anonymous Em, at 9:49 pm  

Hooray for happy days!
Off to the hairdresser myself today - may come back as a non-blonde...
Amazing how often banks stuff things up; it's always worth asking the question.

By Blogger Sue, at 5:46 am  

Hey there! Got your message a while ago about interval training - do you mean going easy for say a minute then going hell for leather for a minute? As Pauline would say...PLEASE EXPLAIN! lol...

By Blogger crankybee, at 9:02 am  

Kathryn if you go into the Converse outlet they have some good Saucony trainers for under $100. Try the Grid Triumphs.

I used to be a model for the hairdressing Apprentices when I lived in the UK. There was always a senior person looking over their shoulder so I didn't have too many bad experiences.

By Anonymous Jaykay, at 10:39 am  

Thank god you finally have a wee bit on money, I had visions of you standing on a street corner begging for a dime! lol. And I just love vege fritters, so yum.

By Blogger Chris H, at 6:05 pm  

Great news about the hairdressers! I want comfy massgae chairs too. I'm actually thinking about giving just cuts a go now that my hairdresser/brothers ex girlfriend has turned psycho chicken! Although who will do my colour?

By Blogger Jadey 0:-), at 7:20 pm  

YAY for happy days and having some mulla :-) Thanks for the link too!

By Blogger Health Bites, at 8:25 pm  



Weigh In - 76.3 kg

I feel like I'm just dicking around when it comes to weight loss, making a half arsed effort. I wanted to get down to 70 kgs before the Run for the Kids. Now it's less than 4 weeks away so I guess that won't be happening.

I feel like I'm not running as good as I did this time last year, which is crazy because I'd only been running a few months then, but I'm having a trouble with any kind of sustained effort. I realised on Saturday that it's because my all round fitness isn't as good as it used to be. Last summer I'd spend hours in the gym. Before I started working, I'd walk into the city to the gym, do some cardio and weights then more than likely stay for a spin class. It wasn't that uncommon for me to burn off 1,000+ calories a day.

I'm not working at the moment, but I'm buggered if I'm going to do that. I've got other things to do in life - writing and looking for a job. They are priorities for me now, not going to the gym.

One thing I do have to do though is push myself more when I'm running. I used to do that when I first started then I got complacent. Now I'm happy to stop and take walk breaks when I feel a bit tired and I'm happy to jog along at a slow pace. I'm not improving and this is why.

I think I need to get serious for the next 4 weeks - serious about what I eat and serious about training. I don't have the time to do 3 hours a day exercise so I've got to make sure the exercise I do counts. No more slacking off.

My running is worse than last year too. Oh well as long as we keep on tryingright???

By Blogger michelle, at 3:03 pm  

You can do it Kathryn! Just keep going to the R4K training session when you can. They sound as if they are motivating :) Wish I could get to some as I know exactly what you are saying about pushing yourself.

I don't think I will be able to swing the SS Tan run on Wednesday but I never say never right up to the end ;)

By Anonymous Lee, at 3:31 pm  

A great way to pick up motivation is to get some new music, a new workout/jogging mix for your idiet ipod perhaps?

Maybe with your current priorities, new running clothes aren't in order, but a piece of good fitting clothing - perhaps adapted from something else in your wardrobe - can also help.

I tried the interval suggestions from MorseyRuns
on my Tan workout yesterday and the excitement of the new helped me power around even tho i was a bit tired from some gym workout.

By Anonymous Bathsheba, at 4:11 pm  

Hi, just dropping by to say just that.

By Blogger Jules, at 8:04 pm  

Kathryn, we all go through spots where our motivation wanes and we feel we are not doing so well. I think that mixing it up a bit more with the running would be a good idea too.

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 9:57 pm  

I said the same thing about getting to 70kg for the Run4Kids- and I am too frightened to look, but I am probably the same weight as you too. We need to make it more manageable, I need an easier goal!

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 9:48 am  

I know what you mean because I want to get down to 70kg as well but keep hovering around 72kg now. But to be honest, I'm not really trying to lose it.

I think you're plan to focus on your training and eating will be really beneficial to your overall fitness and you will be buzzing again!

Now what's the plan sista :-)

By Blogger Health Bites, at 12:53 pm  

I think we are in the same headspace atm... i a SOOOO frustrated with my body and my head for not 'just doing it"... I need to do it and I know what I need to do. why o why can't I just switch on that mojo!!!!

By Blogger Yummy Mummy, at 6:23 pm  

God - I dream about the days of having a 7 in front of my weight. Or an 8. (Or even a 9...). But I understand the motivation thing.

We are more similar than might be first apparent than our dissimilar weight suggests. I, too, am looking for a job and it has become a priority for me. I'm not sure about your circumstances but for me, I am being fairly picky about what I apply for. Nonetheless it still means limited income. Running has become my way of de-stressing. Even when I don't want to go out running - I do. And when I do go out, I end up running and forget about everything else for that 30minutes, or an hour if I'm lucky. Then the world comes back once I've finished. But for that time, I'm completely focused on my running.

I've got no advice for the weight loss (I need advice from you!!) but for the running - just get out there. Maybe you are at a plateau. One of the regular runners who comments on my blog said most runners spend the majority of their time at the plateau. Could that be it?

By Blogger Celeste, at 7:02 pm  




Well after the big rush, we had no more customers. It wasn't even a big rush really, just a couple who bought a lot. I reckon they do garage sales and resell stuff because they seemed to be looking for specific things but who cares - we got their dough.

We seemed to get lots of old Italian men - not sure if that's because old Italian men love garage sales or because of the Scarface posters I made. They didn't buy anything so we think the posters mislead them and they were looking for machine guns and cocaine.

I didn't tap dance in my shorts and stripey tights, sorry Bri. But I did wear a pirate hat (and resisted the urge to sell it when asked). Some dude nearly come a cropper on his bike watching me. I stop traffic... lolz. No photos either. The only camera we have is my sister's defunct mobile and she sold that today.

We packed up and then went to the shops. Bread is good. Magically gigantic chocolate chip cookies for $2 are also good but they stayed in the shops. After spending the past two days talking and dreaming about snack foods, like some Oliver Twist style orphans, my sister and I get money and decide we don't want them after all. Go us.

After the tap dancing, I got bored so got out my weights and pumped some iron on the verandah. I think my neighbourhood has seen it all now, and I've probably played a pivotal part in the potheads next door giving up weed.

Now I just need to get these ebay shoppers to pay up. They have until Tuesday (that makes it a week) or I'm filing a non-paying bidder complaint. It's weird, they all have lots of good feedback yet aren't paying me or even sending an email!

I'm so disappointed about the shorts and stripey tights!!
and I really really want to use the big nasty word for those non-paying ebay people!

By Blogger Briony, at 8:28 pm  

I love reading your blog - you are so funny -- no matter what, know that you bring sunshine and joy into at least one life -- mine!!
K xxx

By Blogger katiep, at 9:43 pm  

Well, yay for bread money!! Hope the eBay slowpokes pay up tomorrow.

I wish I'd been free this arvo, I'd have cruised around Northcote till I found the tap-dancing, pirate-hat-wearing crazy lady with the truly great songwriting talent. Bugger the garage sale crap, I'd have paid you just for the entertainment!

Doh! You should have put a hat on the footpath, you could have made a fortune in gold coins!

By Blogger Kek, at 10:38 pm  

you are a legend

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 11:43 am sure know how to make a good time out of it! Thank the gods you can eat now. Don't you have a Hare Krishna "free food" place someone 'round town? :-)

By Blogger Health Bites, at 10:06 am  



We just made $50!

Wooooooohoooooo!! Well done.

By Blogger Briony, at 5:18 pm  


Garage Sale Update

So far only one sale but I've developed a song and dance routine. My song goes like this:

Come to our garage sale, you won't regret it, you won't regret it. Come and buy our stuff. There's bargains galore, its walking out the door. You won't regret it. You won't regret it.

A man said my dance was lovely but he didn't buy anything.

One hour to go. I hope there's a last minute rush.

Please tell me you're wearing short and your stripey tights with your tap shoes. Photos please!! hehehe

By Blogger Briony, at 3:16 pm  


Garage Sale

My sister and I are having a garage sale today, but not until this afternoon because we don't like dealing with people in the mornings. We made some pretty posters last night to stick up around the place. Hopefully many people will come and buy stuff but I have an awful feeling they won't. We are relying on foot traffic so we need to attract attention but we have to set up on the verandah so it's back off the street a bit. We don't have balloons to put up and so how will people know? Posters are well and good but you need balloons. We do have some condoms and might consider blowing them up instead. I hope people buy our crappy junk.

Yesterday when I sorted through stuff to work out what I wanted to sell, I found my tap shoes and I put on a show of tap dancing for my sister. I'm very tempted to tap at the garage sale to attract people and encourage them to buy. Oh did I mention that I'm the worst tap dancer ever! But I make a lot of noise and that's the main thing.

We have a list of stuff we need to buy with the proceeds of the sale, starting the practical like bread and ending with cake. We are thinking of doing a big chart thing like they do for fund raisers so we can mark off where we are in our buying.

I'll update later with the results.

Hi there!
Good luck for ur garage sale today!
Have fun and be sure ur condoms will do the same job as ur ballons :-)

By Blogger salzkartoffeln, at 9:56 am  

I think you definitely need to tap, and you also need to sing at the top of your voice, I reckon "The Final Countdown" would be a great song to start off with! hahaha

By Blogger Briony, at 11:23 am  

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am picturing you tap dancing, sure it will help.

By Blogger michelle, at 2:40 pm  



I rock!

I went to the Tan this morning for the R4TK training run. Simon and I did the 10 km run and yet again lagged behind the others. Still we did it without too many walk breaks even. Towards the end, I started walking. Simon wanted to run but I told him I was saving myself for the Anderson Street hill. I've never made it up that hill without stopping or walking.

I've actually felt like I have bad karma on that hill. One of my friends used to live on Anderson St and we'd sit around, more than likely sipping champagne (okay, guzzling it) and yelling out shit to joggers. How life changes.

This morning I decided I'd conquer it. Well about halfway up, I thought I'd die. I slowed down to a pace slower than walking, saying it doesn't matter if I run slow, so long as I keep running.

I did it. That that, you evil hill.

And hey, get this. I'm almost famous. I found out that I'm in one of the crowd shots for The Grates new video clip.

Oh and I still have stuff for sale on ebay if anyone is interested (spread the news, I need the money). I'll prolly put up some more today too. Now I just need to get in the cash from the people who buy stuff.

You're already famous in my world!! hehe
Good luck with the ebay money, I hope they all cough up soon.

By Blogger Briony, at 1:18 pm  

Definitely bad karma! ;-)

Nice work on beating the hill though, it's a doozy! First time I ran it, I thought I was going to die too.

By Blogger Kek, at 2:12 pm  

You know, sometimes I wish I was a diamonds girl so I knew what all the fuss was about ;-)

GO YOU! That's a pretty damn good achievement and seriously well done.

Will keep my eyes peeled for The Grates clip too now!

By Blogger Health Bites, at 3:50 pm  

Cool, which Grates song?

Well done on conquering that hill, you own it now, but LOL at your past history of abusing runners, I probably would have done the same thing once upon a time.

By Anonymous Em, at 6:32 pm  

Can you believe when I first started walking the Tan, I used to park my car halfway up the hill and use it as my start/stop marker. What a lazy cheat I used to be. Well done to you.

I cant believe you used to fit into those clothes you're selling on Ebay.

By Blogger Linda, at 6:40 pm  

You realise now, of course, that you will never be able to walk the hill again. Now that you've done it once, you'll feel obliged to run it each time!!! ;)

(You'll have to let me know if it is true that it is HARDER the second time because you know what is coming!!)

By Blogger Celeste, at 8:57 pm  

I have that children's chant in my head "I'm the king of the castle!" Congratulations Kathryn.

Also, congrats on the article in WH&F. I finally bought my copy this morning, and went straight to your article, which I enjoyed reading.

By Blogger Kathy, at 10:33 pm  

Well done on conquering the hill! Which feels better conquering it as a runner, or yelling at the joggers while drinking champagne :-)

By Anonymous Andrew(AJH), at 11:09 pm  

woohoo! well done on your hill conquering!

(PS Kek showed me your article, really enjoyed it :)

By Blogger Shauna, at 12:10 am  

Great work on that hill I will be thinking of you when I tackle it today.

By Blogger michelle, at 6:10 am  




I've been feeling pretty down this week, in case you hadn't noticed. Mostly about money. Things are pretty close to the wire here. I had enough money in the bank to tide me over until next week but totally forgot I had insurance coming out of my account. Arrrghhh! I've gotten some money for clothes I sold on ebay and swore I'd not touch it because I need to buy running shoes, but I think I'm going to have use some to buy milk and other necessities. Not good.

I suspended my gym membership this week and that cost $30, but better to do that than keep paying. I'm also expecting a few cheques for work I've done but they are very slow in coming.

I dunno, I feel like every time I start getting ahead, something comes up and I'm further behind. I've had a few job leads but it takes so long.

Oh and to top it all off, our landlords came around the other day. Our rent includes all our bills - electricity, gas etc - and they reckon because our power bills are so high, they are going to make us start paying them or else put our rent up $40 a week. Our power bills are huge but we live in a very old, very uninsulated house. Not to mention that legally, they can't do that. You can't put someone's rent up that much. If they go ahead with it, I'll be taking them to court. I really don't know how people can be so horrible. They give slumlords a bad name.

So anyway, I've been pretty down, these things wear away at you like a dripping tap. At least I've not been drowning my feelings in food. Mostly because I can't afford to.

Well just found a positive. No food to eat = no weight gain. :-D

Seriously, things will improve - you just have to ride out the bumpy bits. There have to be prosperous times ahead!

By Blogger Kek, at 12:29 pm  

$40 a week extra?? That's a hella lot of electricity!!! If you have to pay your own electricity now, then not only should the rent not go up, but it should actually drop some if they no longer have that expense?
Big hugs for you my dear.

By Blogger LisaB, at 4:03 pm  

Sorry to hear things have been tough this week. Real estate hassles are the last thing you need on top of that!!

Why don't you explain to them whythe bills are so high and ask them to provide insulation so you don't need to use as much power? That should work out cheaper for them in the long run.

By Blogger yublocka, at 4:43 pm  

Life is full of shitty patches, chin up mate, I am sure sometime soon things will take a turn for the better. Just think of how to get yourself invited out to dinner at every opportunity, that will save on the bucks, and you will be having a lovely social time!

By Blogger Chris H, at 5:57 pm  

good lord i would be down too, don't blame you at all there :(

By Blogger Shauna, at 9:48 pm  

The best thing about bad pacthes are the good times that follow...

I picke dup my copy of WH&F this morning and took it to playgroup with me and the kids this morning.. flicking though came accross your article (Great article btw)... here I am to the other mothers "I 'know' the author of this article.. " amazing how wide your circle of friends are with the world of blogs!
Hope you have a great weekend and some $ come your way!

By Blogger Yummy Mummy, at 10:12 pm  

How does such scum get away with treating people like this? It's so not fair. Take him straight to the rental tribunal - and if he passes go don't let him collect the $40!

By Blogger Briony, at 7:47 am  

Oh hon, money is the root of all evil right? Something like that. I hope your situation picks up soon. I know how suffocating it can be when you're skint. I seriously reckon you need to move too when you can afford it. You need to surround yourself with good stuff, good people and not worry about fuckers like your dodgy landlord. Good luck!

Hey...The Comedy Channel (Foxtel) is moving down to Melbourne. They need loads of staff! Check out your local ads.

By Blogger Health Bites, at 3:56 pm  



Tips and Chuckles...

You'd think going for a run was a simple affair - get dress, go - nothing more than that. Well, I've got a handy tip. Check your outfit before leaving home.

I got to the Run for the Kids training run tonight and set off running then noticed my t-shirt. I'd not changed it. Then I looked down the neck of my t-shirt and realised I'd not put on my running bra. Oops!

My head hadn't been in a thinky place when I'd got changed, the bottom half of me was okay but the top, not so good. It wasn't even a regular bra but my fancy dress up bra.

Still it ended well. It ended up being more supportive than some of my sports bras. Who knew you could have good cleavage and support?

I felt sick on the run again today. I'm going to try leaving a good 3-4 hours between eating and running in future. It would help if people didn't give me cake. I couldn't even have a beer afterwards and I came totally and utterly last (yeah I know it's not a race but I'd like to kinda keep up).

Yesterday I went to Princes Park to do some speed intervals. I don't really know what I'm doing but it seemed like a good idea. I thought I'd try running 6 minute kms for 2 km at a time. I did the first km and died. I did it in 5.26 mins though. Then I walked half a km and tried again, this time doing 1 km in 5.19. I think I need to work on my pacing because that is too fast for me to run. Well too fast for me to run for 2 km, obviously.

Oh and I didn't feel sick yesterday because I went in the morning so had only eaten a banana.

In the afternoon, we went to see Rocky Balboa. What a great movie. I heart Rocky. I was all inspired when I left the cinema. I am so buying a punching bag if I get a job because it won't bitch nearly as much as my sister does when I punch it.

Anyway, I thought I'd tell you a funny story. A friend of my sister's came over today (he with the evil cake). He is touring the US soon and wants to re-enact scenes from movies in different cities. He tried to work out a movie for Chicago! We were both screaming 'Chicago' and he goes "yeah I'm going to Chicago, but what's a movie from there?" My sister even sang the song and he still didn't get it.

That's really fast for 1km! My fastest ever time for 1km was 5.15 and it took me months of only doing 1km to get down to that and even when I did I had the cardiac arrest team on stand by.

You put yourself down way too much missy. Stop it, NOW.

By Blogger Lainey, at 1:26 am  

aye, i agree. with that speedy time and that magnificent rack, you so much to crow about :)

i'm glad you mentioned rocky balboa! sounds like it's a goodun. i looove the rocky movies but never got round to seeing the newie.

sooo next race... stockings and suspenders???

By Blogger Shauna, at 2:41 am  

Great times- I get so excited if there is a 5 instead of a 6 in front of my pace! I haven't seen any of the other Rocky movies- do you think I will be able to piece it together?

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 9:06 am  

How funny - I can see you screaming "CHICAGO" - with your hands on your hips!! hehe
Well done on having cleavage while you run - you never know who you'll meet so it's always good to be prepared!
How come you keep getting free cake? No-one gives ME free cake - maybe you're getting too skinny and people think you need feeding up?

By Blogger Briony, at 9:23 am  

I must see that movie! Also, the guy with the evil cake... next time remember.... YA DON'T HAVE TO EAT IT !!! And he's a dork.. CHICAGO ! Bet you laughed!

By Blogger Chris H, at 10:16 am  

HAHAHAH Dufus! Him, not you.

If I ever go running, I have to wear a well supporting bra and one of those sport crop tops (in a size too small) else I end up with black eyes!

Kudos to you on the running! Any running clubs in teh area, or websites, that can give you tips on how to increase your speed without making yourself feel like a failure in the mean time?

By Blogger Kada, at 11:33 am  


By Blogger michelle, at 12:31 pm  

I WISH I could run in a fancy bra! I need all the help I can get. I have to strap myself in and hope for the best. I would not have been able to carry on as if nothing were amiss!

As for that speed... 1km is still a decent distance to maintain that sort of speed. Weren't you even a little bit surprised that you'd managed low 5's?? I'm still agog if I manage a high 6!!!

Keep up the incredible work - and remind me not to run with you any time soon!!!!!! :)

By Blogger Celeste, at 3:28 pm  

You're doing so well Kath, you sound so committed to this whole running thing and and you should be very happy with yourself, that you're giving it a red hot go!!

I hear you on the whole eating/running debate. Running first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is usually fine for me, especially if I've had say pasta for dinner the night before. If I'm running after work I usually have something in the last hour before I leave work and that something is usually a piece of fruit or half a protein bar. Nothing too heavy. It works!

And as for the whole bra thing - if you can believe it, I don't need to wear a bra when I run, because I've got nothing to hold up! One of those singlets with built in support is enough for me! How tragic is that?! But oh well, that's what water bras are for! heh heh

Hope everything is going well!

By Blogger Philippa, at 5:21 pm  

Wow K, there were some fast Kms right there. Maybe next time stick with that pace but make the intervals shaper, say 500 mtres.

Tell you mate that he could do the Blues Brothers, that was set in Chicago. But yeah, CHICAGO, can't believe he didn't get that one, LOL

By Anonymous Em, at 8:28 pm  

Thats not a bad speed Kathryn and the second one was faster than the first, thats a good thing!

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