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My must-haves for a run

When I go out running I (always) carry this:

iPhone 4S, with the following apps running; Spotify and Runkeeper (missing in photo due to camera in use)
Headphones (CHEAP from Thailand, but they’re the only ones I’ve found that stay in my ear while running)
New Balance Armband
Hot Pink Mace
Garmin Forerunner 405CX
Sunglasses (if sunny)

Q: What are you bringing on your runs? Something you just can’t be without?


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National Coffee Day

I’m usually not big on the “National (insert whatever) Day” but today I just can’t pretend like nothing.. It’s National Coffee Day for heaven’s sake!
I love coffee. If there’s anything, food or drink wise I just wouldn’t give up in life, coffee is definitely one of those things. Every morning when I wake up, the first thing that pops up in my mind is coffee. I love the taste of it and I cherish the moment I have in the morning, sitting down on the deck looking out over the ocean so much. Without it the day just can’t start out right..

The days when I go for an early morning run, one of the few things that I think about out there on the streets is getting back home, getting the coffee going knowing that after stretch and so on I’ll get to have my morning cup (glass) of coffee.

Q: Do you drink coffee? Is coffee one of those must-haves for you too? How do you drink yours and when do you enjoy it the most?

Happy National Coffee Day to my fellow coffee lovers out there! Cheers!


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Mizuno Mezamashii Project

After reading about Mizuno Running’s Mezamashii Run Project here and here I got so happy!

This is a great initiative from Mizuno! I’ve always thought that trying out shoes in a store is very hard, whatever kind of shoe it is. And after starting running even more so. I mean, how well can you really “get a feel” the shoe walking around in a store? I definitely have a hard time, and lacking a good running store in the area I just don’t know how to really get a good shoe without taking a major chance and spending money on what could be worthless (for my feet)..

The other thing that’s so great with this project, according to me, is the contact between the brand and the consumers. A great business should care about their costumers, they should be interested in what works for the PEOPLE out here and I’d like to see more companies actually have a good dialogue with us, the buyers. And also, a project like this connects runners with fellow runners and we get to read/hear about others experiences… That is worth GOLD to me, and it’s actually just for that reason I started blogging and tweeting about my life as a new “runner”.

 

With all that said – go to Mizuno to apply for the project here. Or just check their selection out on their webpage, maybe even check out their shoe guide, which I found totally brilliant as a new and kind of confused running girl not knowing tons about shoes.. yet!


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Me + Yoga = True

It took me years and years of wanting to try yoga before it actually became reality. About 20 minutes drive from where I live there’s this amazing woman who runs a Massage place and two times a week she transforms her massage room into a yoga room. I’ve been wanting to go for a couple of months now, and two weeks ago I finally made it. I shoved my fear for yoga away and just went for it!

And I enjoyed it. I’ve become less flexible due to lack of proper stretching when I started to run and I definitely felt it during the class, but this amazing woman helped me through the class and left me craving for the coming class two days later. After being to class 5 times I can’t understand WHY THE HELL I waited so long to start doing yoga?! I absolutely love it, and of course feeling my body’s need for it it makes me even happier.. I’ve been leaving every class with a smile on my face and with a very nice feeling of being energized and content, all at the same time.

I really thought that I, who normally is very aware of my body and how it looks, would be uncomfortable with the stretching and bending and so on. But during class I forget EVERYTHING and I’m just in the moment focusing on my body and my breathing. Ok, I’m struggling with the breathing part so far but I’m getting there.. I also quickly realized that many of the yoga poses are great options for stretching after my runs and that’s of course always welcome.

 

So here I am – totally sold on the idea of doing yoga AT LEAST two times a week. I look forward to EVERY class and am excited to see what I can do with my body as time goes on.


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With Running Comes Needs/Cravings

When I started running I thought that running was a cheap sport, in my mind all I needed was a pair of trainers and some clothes to cover up my body/stay warm..

It turns out I was wrong.

Not saying that running HAVE to be an expensive sport, but I sure realized that I needed to buy some new stuff, and that happened fast.. From late May (after running for approx. 3 weeks) I started adding gear, clothes and accessories. Here’s a brief history on how me and my running became a not-so-cheap-story..

Shoes

The shoes I had been running in was too big and more of a hiking shoe than a running shoe so when I moved to the US  in early June (yeah, you’ve probably noticed that English isn’t my first language by now?) I hit the Nike Outlet up and got myself a pair of shoes. Happy as could be I started running with the new pair of shoes 5 times/week and as the number of K/run raised I started getting an awful pain in my knees. PLUS blisters on my toes. Being the way I am,  I didn’t want to confess that the running shoes I just got probably wasn’t a good buy.. So I kept on going for a month or two, having to spend at least three days/week walking like an old lady and crying myself to sleep because of my knees.

Until one day, when my better half, without letting me know where we were heading, took me to Sports Authority to buy new shoes. He dropped me off with money in my pocket and the words “Stay the whole day if you have to and spend as much money as you want to, but DO NOT leave the store without a pair of running shoes that fits your feet and will work well for you in the future”. So there I was, lost in the running shoe section of the store just looking around. A sweet man soon realized that I was a bit lost and started helping me to find well cushioned shoes that would support my high arch. I think I tried 10 different shoes on and I really did take my time walking around in the store trying to figure out if the shoes would do the trick. Until that day I was convinced that I would always use a pair of Nike+ shoes but I actually decided to go with Asics for the amazing feel of the shoes. With a pair of light, yet cushiony, and bright colored (OK, mostly black) Asics Gel-Neo33 I walked out of the store smiling. I couldn’t wait to get home and go out running to try my new buddies out!

My friends Asics, Under Armour and Mons Royale.

Clothes

As I was about to leave my old home to go to Seattle, WA, I decided to find a new pair of running tights – the ones I had been using was from H&M and didn’t fit well at all which lead to me being very uncomfortable and having to adjust the pants all the time. I had already at that time started to loose weight and was definitely enjoying trying A BUNCH of different tights on. In smaller sizes than I’d ever thought I’d be sporting. My biggest concern was the prices though – I just didn’t like the fact that all super comfortable tights was so expensive and it took me a few days of wandering around in stores to decide that it was actually worth spending $50+ on a pair of pants only for running. But yeah, I did. And boy have those tights served me well! Well, at least until I moved to Hawaii and tights just didn’t work anymore – WAY to warm! So then to the next buy..

Shorts. I actually, at this point, had left the whole money deal behind (probably because I knew that I was actually going to continue with the running as I got more and more into it and didn’t fear I was going to get tired of it and quit) and just went out there to get a pair. I ended up getting a pair of Under Armour in bright colors and they are great!

And then to the tops.. I started out running in spring waaay out north. It was definitely a layer-up temperature out there and I had a merino wool top (speaking of merino – I have to tell you about the great stuff from Mons Royale.. Great for hiking, running, skiing and so on) that I used under a thin thermo shirt and a light rain jacket. As I got to Seattle spring was becoming summer and I was sweating like crazy as I started going further and further with my runs. So I panicked and ran into a Target to buy a top. Or two. And now I’m actually pretty well prepared for runs when it comes to clothes.. Even if it would be great with some extra shorts and tops and… Yeah, I guess there’s just never an end to my cravings when it comes to running gear.

Accessories

Yeah, and as I stopped running with a light jacked with a pocket I needed an armband to keep the iPhone in… So I got one of those. And running where I live there’s uhm… A lot of dogs and weirdos out and about so I had to get a Hot Pink Mace. And then of course – the greatest “accessory” of them all – the Garmin Forerunner 405CX! And a foam roller, which I read about when I was having a lot of problems with my knees.. And.. Yeah, you know the drill!

So here I am, many $$$ later, and I still have things on my to-get-list. But I’m thinking that it has to wait. At least a month or so more…

Q: Have you spent a lot of money on your running gear? What’s your go-to brands for shoes/clothes? Are you like me, constantly finding new stuff (through Twitter, magazines or blogs) that you want to try out?


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Music to my ears

Since I started running I haven’t gone a single run without music playing on my iPhone (using Spotify). I love getting inspired and motivated during my runs and music is a great way to keep pushing through when it starts getting hard out there.

Unfortunately I’ve been bad with finding new running music and I find myself constantly looking (listening) around to find new tunes to bring along on my runs. Maybe there’s others out there who like me needs inspiration when it comes to running music? So I’m thinking – why not share my lists and maybe you can give me yours?

I made a list getting prepared for my first race, the Rain Forest Runs 10K in August, and it’s still hanging in there, with some modifications.

Here goes:

Jonathan Johansson – En Hand I Himlen
The Smiths – A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours
Fanfarlo – Sand & Ice
Starfucker – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Timo Räisänen – Outcast
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
Elizabeth & The Catapult – Race You
Architecture in Helsinki – Escapee
Phoenix – If I Ever Feel Better
I’m From Barcelona – Get In Line
Hot Chip – And I Was A Boy From School
The Naked And Famous – Young Blood (Tiesto & Hardwell Remix)
Phoenix – Too Young
The Magnetic Fields – The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
Two Door Cinema Club – What You know
Navet – For The Show (Familjen Remix)
Outkast – Hey Ya!
Deadmau5 – Ghost’s And Stuff
Hercules And Love Affair – Blind
Justice vs. Simian – We Are Your Friends
Lykke Li – Breaking It Up (Punks Jump Up Remix)
Kent – Jag Ser Dig
Vampire Weekend – Holiday
Miike Snow – AnimalLe Tigre – Deceptacon
Neon Indian – Polish Girl
Good Shoes – Under Control
The Embassy – It Pays To Belong

 

Q: Are you running with music? What music keeps you going? 

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