From couch to City2Surf

Fitness // Heather // 9 August 2012

Kate before losing 30kgA year ago if someone had told Kate that she would be running in the City2Surf she would have laughed in their face! But here she is 30kg lighter, pumped and ready to run the whole 14km in just a few short days!

“I’ve always been dead set afraid of exercise and been on the slightly overweight side for most of my life,” says Kate. “A stressful job meant that my weight ballooned – I was unhealthy, did no exercise, took no care of myself and was completely miserable.  

Last year I decided to sort myself out once and for all. I signed up for the 12WBT and as the weight fell off, my fitness increased. It was so easy to follow and the most valuable part of the program was the mindset lessons that helped me break old patterns of excuses and self-doubt.”

For the past 34 years Kate says she had convinced herself that she couldn’t run, that she had no natural talent, that she was not fit. What the 12WBT has helped her realise is that we are whatever we tell ourselves we are.  In a nutshell, the 12WBT has helped Kate to stop putting a cap on her own potential.

So 30kg lighter, with a few fun runs under her belt,
Kate has set herself the Kate 30kg lighterchallenge of completing the iconic City2Surf this weekend, the longest distance she has ever attempted.

Kate says: “I have been waking up at night in a cold sweat just thinking about the dreaded Heartbreak Hill! This is the biggest running challenge I’ve ever set myself and will require me to dig super deep and pull out the JFDI card on myself! But I’ve done the work and when I cross that finish line, I will have proven to myself that know that with effort, hard work and consistency I can train my body to do things that I never thought possible – how freaking good is that?!”

Kate’s tips for race day:

  • Drink coconut water before the race starts to keep you really hydrated – it always feels like the drink stations don’t come fast enough!
  • Have an awesome play list – I plan mine meticulously, choosing loads of old favourites and plenty of great power songs that I know will help keep me moving and reflecting on the great things I have achieved.
  • Have a big sleep the night before and get up as early as possible so you have plenty of time to prepare and get there, ensuring you are on time and relaxed at the start line!

The 12 Week Body Transformation offers running programs for all levels, from Learn to Run, Train for a 10km Fun Run and Train for a Half Marathon. Find out more about 12WBT Exercise Plans.





  1. Victoria Reply

    GO GIRL! You’ve done so well already! Great to read about someone breaking through self imposed limits.

    I ran a marathon at the start of this year – my first. Well, it was only 5.5km but for me that was a lot being that I’d never done such a run before. I managed to raise 1.5k for the Heart Foundation too so it was an incredibly positive experience and nothing beats the satisfaction at the end of the race…. So, hope you enjoy every second. xx

  2. Kelly Lee Reply

    Well done Kate on an awesome personal achievement!! You give me so much inspiration! I myself are daunted by the thought of excersise as I have never been a physically fit person – this gives me hope that I can become just that 🙂

  3. Penny Reply

    You are a true inspiration Kate! Well done!

  4. Trish Halls Reply

    Thats a great story Kate – well done, you should be so proud of yourself. I will be running it this year too, hope to make it up Heartbreak Hill ok, but am keeping an open mind!!

  5. Nichola Reply

    Hi Michelle. Great to read this story. A post on your playlist favourites would be fantastic. I’m OVER mine! Nichola

  6. Shirley Reply

    Great story and all the best for the run tomorrow.I hope you do a great time but more importantly have a great time!!

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