Finish line – Great Ocean Road half marathon.


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.


Same girl. Same top. The difference? Eating real food and running more.

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.


Day 1: 20 months later. Just keep moving.

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.

I get to celebrate the achievements with out Learn to Run groups, and high five our forum members at check in each week, and it is a privilege to be part of this beautiful, supportive community.

Zoey Dowling

Written by: operationmove

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  1. Hooray for Kate! I didn't even know there WERE Disneyland events! There are so many events I don't even know about. Keep up your awesome xx

    • Zoey Dowling

      Aww thanks babe! There are so many Disneyland runs... pitfalls of listening to American podcasts is that I want to go and do Tinkerbell and the Princess run and all of them! ;)

  2. Hi Kate!! It's been such a pleasure watching you over the past 2 years. You are amazing & stubborn & honest & caring & all the good things that make a mother runner run. Aim for Disneyland. My mother has entered the 'dopey' challenge. In January 2015 she is heading over to run 4 events - on consecutive days she will do 5 then 10 then 21.1 then 42.2. It's practally an ultra with a few sleeps in between! You could do that too. Xxx S

    • Zoey Dowling

      Oh I have heard about the Goofy and the Dopey Sara! And I feel like if I was going to go all that way it would have to be for Dopey ;)

  3. Can you believe I have never run with a Garmin? I really must look into getting one. Any advice Kate?

    • Zoey Dowling

      Oh it is a slippery slope Nicole! ;) I am quite obsessed with my heart rate and zones and numbers and things... it is very handy having Zoey to translate all the data for me too! I have a Forerunner 220 which is fine for the info I want, and really being able to upload it all to Strava so I can track and share there is one of the big levels of appeal for me. Zoey has a 620 though which is another step up again and she loves it. Her one even tells her how long to recover between runs!!

  4. That comment above was meant for Sarah. Can't even imagine. As for you Kate, love hearing your story and your continued support most certainly is getting me through. Thank you.