Hi, I’m Kirby, a running enthusiast from Newcastle, NSW.
I started running in 2010 when I lived in Vancouver, Canada, because I was travelling and couldn’t afford to join a gym or play organised sport. All I could afford was a $50 pair of runners from a local discount store. Back then I averaged only a couple of kilometres of ‘jog-walking’ a day, and my ultimate running goal was to run the 10km loop around Stanley Park, which I achieved in August 2010.
My first half marathon was the Whistler half marathon (BC, Canada) on 4th June, 2011. After nearly quitting running that day (and walking a significant proportion of the last 5km), I decided to sign up for the full distance, and achieved that on 9th October, 2011, in Victoria, Canada.
After completing 3 marathons from July-October 2012, I set my sights on completing a couple of ultramarathons in 2013, and my ultimate goal for 2013 was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. These goals were all achieved by May, and I went on to run 10 marthons in 2013.
In 2014 I ran the Boston marathon, my first 100km race, won my first marathon and my first Ultramarathon. (Yay!)
Other races I would love to complete include the Berlin Marathon (hopefully 2015), Paris Marathon, London Marathon, Toronto Marathon and of course, the New York Marathon.
5km – 19:24, Parkrun, 22nd March 2014
Half Marathon –
1:36:46, Central Coast Half Marathon, November 2013 1:33:29, Run Disney Half Marathon, 10th January 2015
Marathon – 3:21:20, Boston Marathon, 21st April 2014
Why Marathon Barbie?
We might both have blonde hair, and a wardrobe full of pink clothing, but that’s where the similarities end. I certainly do not think of myself as a Barbie.
Last year, just before the London Olympics, a Track and Field Barbie doll was released, complete with running tights, race number, and pink running shoes. A friend bought this ‘running Barbie’ for me, kind of as a joke. Since then, she has become somewhat of a mascot, coming along to several races and events.
When I decided to start a running blog, I jumped online, went to the website, and one of the first things I had to come up with was a name. All the names I liked were already taken. The Daily Grind, and Rise and Grind, to name a couple. As I sat at my computer trying to come up with a name, I looked up at my bookshelf, and saw my Marathon Barbie looking down at me from among my medals and old race numbers. I was surprised to find that the name had not already been taken by someone else, and my blog, Marathon Barbie, was born.