This is Kat.

Oh. Hi there. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog. 

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 10.04.53 AMThis blog was originally created to track my first half-marathon in 2011 (postpartum.) And I’m at it again, except this time it’s to keep a running log of my marathon training in the very beautiful (but frigging cold) Calgary, Alberta Canada.

Having had a baby less than three months ago, I have a tremendous amount of work to do to reach my goal of being marathon-ready for the 2016 Okanagan Marathon in Kelowna, British Columbia but I’m excited for the challenge of training and overcoming obstacles on the road to BC.

Here are the biggest obstacles I’ve identified:

pregnant runner calgaryObstacle #1: Current fitness level.

Yep. I gained 30lbs during pregnancy when I really didn’t need to. And when I say I truly didn’t need to gain a lot of weight, it’s not a ploy for friends to say “Oh no, you looked fabulous!” Because during this last pregnancy pregnancy I had a high enough BMI starting out that it wasn’t necessary. Yet, I still managed to. However, it’s water under the bridge and I’m not losing sleep over it, it just means I’ve got to work that much harder to get back in shape. And have you heard of the Fat Girl Running blog? There really are no excuses when it comes to running.

clockObstacle #2: Time.

Yep. Currently juggling an active 4.5 yo and a newborn and life in general. Like many people, I don’t get to just think about myself. This time around training will be a wee bit more complex because I’ve got a newborn in addition to our first-born son. Oh and a dog. And a busy husband. But I’m grateful for the support of family and good friends who have offered to help when I need to get out for runs & training. (I’ve learned over the last 4.5 years that it’s OK to ask for help when you need it.)

running in calgary alberta winterObstacle #3: Weather.

Yes. Calgary, Alberta is very frigging cold this time of year. In fact, it’s not uncommon for me to double up on everything, including tights! We also tend to get a lot of snow which can make training hard, so in order to bypass this challenge, I have a gym membership (track and treadmills) and I’m also investigating treadmills for home.

training for a marathon in AlbertaObstacle #4: Will Power.

Yep. Sometimes I find myself wavering. But then I remind myself that I am the only one who is in control. Whether I go for a run or not is all on me. There is no one else to blame. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, snowing, cold, muddy – there are no excuses.

“If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem.  It’s raining?  That doesn’t matter.  I am tired?  That’s beside the point.  It’s simply that I just have to.”

And there you have it. My plan for this blog is to chronicle the bumps in the road to 2016 Okanagan Marathon from the perspective of a postpartum, leisure long-distance runner.

Don’t forget to stay in touch via comments, as well as social media!

You can find Kat on InstagramTwitter & LinkedIn

10 thoughts on “This is Kat.

  1. I’m definitely not as in-shape as I’d like to be. Once upon a time I had the lofty goal of running everyday and doing other exercise to boot. Well. I still want that, and your awesome blog might be just the motivating factor I need. Thanks.

    • Wow! I’m honoured by your comments! I really hope it helps someone out there – I know how hard it is to get into shape; I hope you’ll keep track on your blog so I can follow along as well. Thanks for stopping in – hope you’ll come back again soon!🙂

  2. I ran for the first time today. It really inspired me. I started my first blog too. I really love yours. It is inpsiring. Keep it up mama.

    • I’m honoured! Thanks for checking put my blog… I find it helps keep me on the straight & narrow. And I will be sure to follow along with yours to see how you’re making out. If I can do it, anyone can!!!!🙂

  3. You in the running shoes picture = cutest photo ever!

  4. Hello, my dear! It’s my turn to reciprocate! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! There are a few rules, so zip to my blog and get started—wink! Thank you, thank you, thank you for encouraging me with my Tinkerbell blog!

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