Social media provides us with an opportunity to meet and be inspired by all types of people – like Kate Southern!  Kate is a runner, fitness enthusiast, food, coffee lover and a mum of three awesome boys.  She shares her fitness journey with energy and honesty, and we’re looking forward to seeing her at Cigna Round the Bays in February!

 

Kate Southern

Palmerston North

33 years of age

 

 

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY OF RUNNING?

I started running in 2012 with the hope I would lose the last of the baby weight from my second pregnancy. I quickly found that I really loved running for running’s sake. I stopped running whilst pregnant with my third child so started all over again when he was six weeks old. Less than a year later, in late 2015, I ran my first half marathon. My second half marathon was in April 2016, and about a week later I suffered an injury that took me out from running for nearly six months. I’m slowly building myself up again and hope to complete the 10km event at Cigna Round The Bays 2017.

 

 

WHAT IS IT ABOUT RUNNING YOU ENJOY?      

For me, it’s mostly about getting time to myself! It’s easy to fit in around other commitments – just put on shoes and go! It’s also easy to adapt distance/speed according to how you’re feeling on that day and how much time you have.

 

HOW DO YOU BALANCE DAY TO DAY LIFE / FAMILY WITH YOUR RUNNING?   

My husband is incredibly supportive of me with my running and fitness. I run in the evening when he gets home from work, and usually slip in a run on a weekend too.

 

WHAT DOES A USUAL TRAINING WEEK LOOK LIKE?     

At the moment, I’m only running twice a week, around 5-7km. I head to the gym on three or four other days of the week for cross training (elliptical, stationary bike), weights training and strengthening work (especially important due to my injury). I plan to add in a third run day in the New Year.

 

WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING DO YOU DO?           

Just easy/moderate runs for now. I’m not too worried about pace, just running for fun. It’s a joy to be able to run, and there’s nothing like being sidelined with injury to remind you of that! Because I’m only running twice a week I keep my fitness up using the cardio equipment at the gym. I’ll throw in an occasional Interval session on the bike, rower or elliptical machine, too.

 

GOALS FOR FUTURE RUNNING?      

It’ll be great to tick off a few 10km events, and then reassess whether my future plans will include any further half marathons. I hope so – but we’ll see. I’d love to do some more trail running at some point too.
PLANNED EVENTS FOR 2017?   

After Cigna Round the Bays, I’d love to head back to Great Forest Events (Waitarere) for the 10km in April.

 

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