Welcome to Meet a Mover Monday! Everyone has a story, and each week we will introduce you to one of our OpMovers so you can learn a little bit about theirs. We are all at different stages of our journeys, but we all started in the same place.
We’re beginning the series by sharing the stories of the Operation Move exec team. These are the women working away at course development, site content, and of course supporting our community across our various platforms.
This week, say hi to Kate.
Who are you?
I’m Kate. Mum of four, wife of one.
We live in country Victoria which is beautiful and really really cold at the moment.
I am a non-teaching teacher, a writer, a small business owner, a proud-to-be-ex-smoker, and a runner.
I am an optimist who is full of ideas. Sometimes they are good ones!
When did you start running and why?
I created Operation Move in September 2012 as a way to get myself moving and create a community that would hold me accountable. I’d tried losing weight and getting fit and joining gyms and all that stuff before but it never really worked. I’d be back on the couch in no time, feeling guilty and miserable about the fact that I just couldn’t stick to anything.
I spent my entire life believing that I couldn’t run. It still shocks me sometimes that I can, and that I love it so much.
Learning to run was the first step in a long journey back to myself. A decade of having babies had changed the way I felt about myself, and I’d become somewhat isolated and had certainly lost the confidence of my earlier years.
Running became my ‘me’ time. Even though it was hard, every run gave me an increased sense of achievement. It changed the way I felt about my body, even while it changed the shape of my body.
What is your favourite distance?
I love 8 kilometres. It feels like the perfect happy run to me. Long enough to get in the zen zone, but not so long that you need to dedicate half a day to it. Perfecto.
Top 3 must have gear:
Being mid Winter right now I can’t live without my LuluLemon thermal tights. I always run with my Garmin Forerunner 220 because I am a numbers nerd, and I carry my iPhone with me for music and podcasts on the run.
Fave post run fuel?
Great big gigantic caramel latte. Thanks.
I’m sure that isn’t the proper thing to have, but it is my fave!
What do you listen to when you run?
Shorter runs and tempo runs I have a very eclectic playlist that keeps me moving. If you are looking for a beat that will make you move your feet quicker I am here to tell you that ‘Footloose’ and ‘You’re the Voice’ are good calls. For reals.
On long or easy runs I listen to podcasts. I subscribe to a number of the shows from The Wellness Couch, and I also enjoy listening to Conversations with Richard Fidler, Another Mother Runner and This American Life. Recently I’ve been loving Stuff You Should Know as well.
Tech lover or naked runner?
Tech all the way baby!
Words of wisdom to new runners?
Just keep going. One foot in front of the other. Slow down, don’t stop. Find your tribe. Share your victories, and remember that EVERY run is a victory.
The only person you should ever compare yourself to is who you were yesterday. Nobody else is relevant to your journey.
I wish I could…….
Run at one of the Disneyland events. Bucket list!
I am most proud of…
Our community. Every day I see people achieving things they never imagined possible. It is amazing to be part of that, and I feel so blessed to play a small role in the transformational journeys that our crew are taking.