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How Am I Doing with My 2013 Goals?

March is already here and I wanted to do a little recap of the start of the year and how I’m doing with my goals for 2013.

1. Run 1300k in 2013

As I’ve been injured and resting from running for more than 7 weeks this year has obviously not started in a good way when it comes to any of my running goals. I’ve only been able to run … times this year and two of them was while being injured and not ready to start running again. I ran the first time post injury Feb 18th (1.4 “glorious” miles which you can read about here) and have been getting a few more short and easy runs after that. My foot is better, and even though I feel it when running I feel positive about me coming back to running again. In a month from now I’m hoping to get some more miles in and be able to start looking forward to and train for some races.

2. Finish my first Half Marathon

Didn’t happen as planned. March 17th is out of the question. But I’ll get another Half done, hopefully during the summer and at least before 2013 is over.

3. Get a Drivers License

I didn’t study much at all before I hit the written test on a whim. And I passed! So now I have my Learners Permit and is good to go when it comes to practicing driving. My husband is a great teacher and I’m going to work hard to get that real license in my hand during the spring.


4. Drink more water

We bought some awesome Contigo water bottles at Costco and since then I’ve been doing really well with my water drinking. I usually drink around 70 to 85 oz per day which is A LOT better than I did during 2012. Actually, pretty much the only things I drink now is water and coffee. If there’s fancy drink offered to dinner or so I go for the water. 9.5 times out of 10. I’m pretty proud and amazed by myself actually!


5. Work my physical strength up

I started out the year with getting going on some serious strength training at home (we lived and still live pretty far from a gym, so I’m happy with working out at home), and I’m still going hard on it. I try to get in between 3-5 workouts per week and because of the no-running situation I’ve had tons of energy to use when it comes to this. I also jumped on the #AbsByApril Challenge started by Megan and this definitely helps me stay motivated and going strong. Unfortunately my abs are pretty much invisible so far, not being running have me hungry. And I mean HUNGRY. Someone told me it makes perfect sense that I’m feeling more hungry when not running at all, and wether it’s true or not I can’t tell you I’m stoked about the few extra lbs I’m carrying. Anyways, I’m stronger! I do way more reps and sets now than I did when I first started working on this. And I love the burning muscles post workout!



6. Get better with staying in contact with family and friends

I’ve been trying, but this is a little hard… As much as I want to talk to m family and friends, it just makes me sooo homesick and I tend to escape from calling them all (which of course makes me feel bad anyways). But I have been Skypeing and texted through Viber with grandparents, parents and brothers. Love them! And really CAN NOT wait until I get to see them again.






7. Eat better

This turned out to be easier than I though. As we moved to a new place and have a better kitchen (more space, both for cooking and storing food) I’ve been eating healthier and more regular. I’m thinking of going towards a clean diet but I know myself well enough to realize that it probably won’t last very long. Especially if I can’t convince my husband to do it with me, I tend to get jealous of whatever he’s eating and say “what the hell, one pizza won’t hurt!” or something like that.. We’ll see what happens! I am happy with my eating habits, but am always struggling with a little bit of a.. Problem belly.



8. Choose JOY

When I got injured I was worried about my mood and I made the decision to really do my best to stay positive and NOT let this setback hit me too hard. I managed to stay happy, smile and find energy even though the running didn’t happen as I wanted to. I’ve been doing good. Of course, I’ve had some bad days (don’t we all?!) but I’ve been letting them go, recharged and started over with new energy and focus the next day. Choose joy is one of my main goals in life in general, simply because that darkness I’ve dealt with earlier in my life is not welcome back.



9. Run as many races as possible

On hold until I’m back to normal with my running. I just signed up for Run with Jess‘ Virtual Race The Jelly Bean 5k. I thought it would be a good way to start getting back into doing races post injury.



10. Read books in English

Success! I might just have read one book so far, but I did it good. And such a good first book I chose. “Born to run” by Christopher McDougall. I enjoyed this book so much I cruised on through it and even had some sessions when I read out loud to my husband. Interesting book! Brought on some smiles, tears and a lot of AHA!’s and new knowledge. I’m going to keep on going on the running theme when it comes to coming books to read. I already started with Haruki Murakami’s book “What I Talk About When I talk About Running”.



Q: How are you doing with your 2013 goals? Are you happy with the first couple of months of the year?


The Day When 1.4 miles Felt Like A Piece Of Heaven

Since this blog is named “evelinruns” and I havent been able to run since the start of the year I’ve started to feel kind of worried. A blog about a girl who runs that’s actually not running for WEEKS?! Doesn’t work! Ok, yeah. So I’m injured. I have a reason for the long break from running and to write about completely different stuff..

But today, Monday February 18th 2013, I FINALLY got to run(and walk). It doesn’t matter that it was only 1.4 miles and that the foot hurt a little bit. I RAN. And guess if I was smiling? OH YES! My smile must have been lighting up the neighborhood through all the rain and grey skies around us. I was running and I am now feeling a little bit of hope. Those 18 minutes did wonders – I got back to the house, not crying because of pain but with tears in my eyes because of happiness.

post injury run

I am going to take it really slow and work hard on not pushing myself too much these coming weeks (even though I want to run farther and faster). This body is going to keep on running for a looong time and it better heal up properly this spring. There are races to be run and good times on the road/trails to be had!



Q: Have you been injured? How did you get by without the running? And how did you get back into running post injury? 


Homesickness and My Cure For It

As you probably know by now, I’m Swedish. I left my home country in June 2012 and I haven’t been able to go home since then. I have had terrible homesickness off and on since the summer. I most of all miss my brothers and my parents. They are such important people in my life and sometimes it hurts physically being apart from them. I know, I took the decision to move here myself but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss the reality I had back home. I was 1 hour flight away from my family and I had friends all around me in town (Stockholm). That has drastically changed and as I’m loving it here in Hawaii I sure wish I could just move Sweden (and my other home country Norway) just a little bit closer to be able to see my loved ones more often.

So how do I cope with my homesickness?

1. I use the apps Viber and Skype to text and talk to my family.

2. I have photos of my loved ones nearby and it always make me happy (and sometimes more homesick, I admit) to see them.

3. I read Swedish online magazines.

4. I listen to a lot of Swedish/Norwegian music. Not necessarily always songs with Swedish lyrics but that sure makes me feel good. I sing along (not sure my husband enjoys this, but I do it anyways) loud with the Swedish lyrics!

5. I talk to myself and the cat in Swedish.

6. I eat whatever Swedish/Norwegian stuff I can get a hold of.

7. I read books in Swedish. Mom sent some books with my husband for me to have here in Hawaii and read whenever I felt the urge to get some Swedish reading in.

treats from home

Speaking of #6 – there are some specific Swedish/Norwegian eatable things I try to get a hold of as often as possible or miss like crazy, here goes:

Lingonberries in any shape or form – straight up berries, jam, cookies, cakes. Bring it on. Lingonberries have been one of my favorite berries since I was a teeny little kid. I’m dreaming of going to visit my grandparents in their mountain cabin in Norway and go out in the forest to pick those delicious red berries and make jam out of them.

Brunost (“brown cheese” in Norwegian), or Ski Queen as it’s called when sold at Safeway here in the US. This is something I’ve never had in other places than at my grandparents. But at the other hand, when spending time at their place I eat… Let’s say A LOT of it. It is one of those things which my husband have been working on acquiring a taste for.. Very different, but OH so tasty in my opinion.

Köttbullar, Swedish meatballs. It might not be one of my favorite foods when in Sweden, but my husband makes some awesome meatballs, and they remind me of home in a good way. They (and the gravy) should of course include some lingonberries.

Swedish bulk candy. Oh dear, does Sweden know how to make candy. There’s sooo many amazing sorts of candy back home and I especially miss the sour candy and the licorice (Djungelvrål…). Check out the store Sockerbit in NYC or online and have a look at some awesome (and maybe not super healthy) treats.

Pannkaka, the thin Swedish style pancake. Every time I make these I feel like I’m at home with my family having dad amazing pancakes.. Eat them with some whipped cream and jam or fresh berries and you’re in heaven.

Kladdkaka, as I mentioned in an earlier post kladdkaka is one of my favorite cakes and it is SO easy to whip together! I normally eat it with whipped cream or just as it is. Greatness in the shape of a chocolate cake!

The list could be looong, but these are some of my top cravings or treatments to my homesickness. The though was that I’d get to go back home in March but as it is now it’s not going to work out because of our job and money situation. Bummer! But I’ll get there later this year, I HAVE to.

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evelinloves #3

It’s Friday! That means I’ll continue to share some of my favorites. This week I’ll share some blogs/blogposts I don’t want you to miss out on:

Run Like A Grl - Abs By AprilI’ve mentioned the challenge Abs By April (#AbsByApril) before and I will again, as I love the initiative taken by Megan. Every Sunday Megan from Run Like A Grl sends out an email to us participating in the challenge. She’s attaching the workout for the week which is perfectly made with information on the exercises and also photos to show how to perform the workout. She had a great guest blogger (Kayla from Fit Life Forward) tell us a little bit on how to work on those Abs By April from the kitchen. If you’d like to join the challenge, sign up here! I sure enjoy doing the weekly workouts and every Sunday I’m looking forward to getting a new one to my inbox.




Fit Girl. Happy Girl. - Planking for RunnersI’ll continue on the same subject to explain this #plankaday thing I’ve mentioned here on my blog. Hannah who’s the owner of the blog Fit Girl. Happy Girl. recently posted a blogpost with some great information on the planks and why it’s so good for us runners. Read it and get inspired to get down on the floor and do some of the variations of the planks! Your whole upper body will thank you!




Live Travel Eat and Run - Lets TalkLet’s Talk! – that’s the name of a blogpost on Amalia’s blog Live Travel Eat and Run. Amalia is one of us many out there who are living with depression. This is, as you might have realized if you saw my blogpost about “my darkness”, a subject that is close to my heart. I am happy there’s people put there, like Amalia, who are open with the fact that they battle, have been battling or is living with mental illness. The more we an talk about this, the bigger are the chances that we’ll break through that wall of shame and feeling of being unnormal that many of the people live with while being affected by mental illness for whatever reason. We NEED to be able to be honest, talk about our feeling and NOT have to be ashamed. At the end of the day we are all HUMAN and we all have our different difficulties in life. And it is totally OK, we just have to do our best to reach out for help, find solutions and be brave – whatever we are fighting against.

Amalia is right in so many ways when she’s writes:

“I refuse to be silent! I refuse to not talk about the fact that yes, I was diagnosed with depression and yes, I live my life with it daily.  I try not to recoil from the sentence “But you look so normal!” That’s because I am. As are most people who live with mental illness. Struggles are a part of life; my struggles are just different than yours”



Happy Friday! 


A Valentine’s Day Letter to Myself

Dear Evelin,

It’s February 14th 2013 and you’re on my mind. The last three years have been a journey from a good place to an even better one. You have done so much, learned so much.

Three years ago today you were getting ready to go on your second “big trip” alone. You had to convince yourself (not too much) and your family that a trip to Israel on your own would be a good way to spend the last weeks of the Swedish winter. You tried your best to pack smart things, getting ready for whatever might come your way in that small country with so many great places to see. And you eventually got packed and headed out on your journey. The first impression you got scared the shit out of you. Being questioned “Why are you coming to Israel?) not one time but THREE before even getting out to the baggage claim at the airport in Tel Aviv was hard. You thought you were just a sweet little Norwegian/Swedish girl that would be more than welcome to the country?! Even if you were, the reality in that country you’d chosen to go to was different. And you felt it. You were scared and uneasy because you really didn’t know how to react when someone actually questioned you.

But you handled it and you got out of the airport and took the bus out of Tel Aviv and out to the desert of Negev. You beat the heat, you rode a four wheeler, you hiked around and you smiled. You didn’t even scream your heart out when you saw a scorpion. You learned about a different climate and culture and you finally, after being intimidated for weeks, embraced it. You learned that you’re allowed to be LOUD, you’re allowed to be SEEN and heard. And you grew. You grew stronger, FELT more (feelings suddenly became real and grounded in the YOU that you were) and took on whatever came your way.

You left the desert for other adventures. You spent time in Jerusalem, in a tiny little town where you’d get to be a part of a jewish family during holidays, you hiked alone from Nazareth to The Galilee and you wandered the streets of Tel Aviv. Spent time in a bar, reading a book all by yourself. Alone but not lonely. You enjoyed the city without getting drunk, without getting swept off your feet by the charming dudes that wanted a piece of that blondness of yours.

israel 2

You went to the West Bank and had tea with the locals in the middle of nowhere and you ate a lot of wonderful food. This was the trip where you found out more things about yourself, and when you accepted who you were and what you were capable of. You had an open heart and mind and dared to love yourself in that way we should all learn to love ourselves.

And after those planned six weeks in Israel (that turned into 11 weeks) you had grown to be a different and more colorful and unafraid you. You got back to Sweden and wondered “What’s next?!”. You set up goals and you worked hard. And then you took off again. You left Sweden in company of your backpack, to relax on the beaches of Thailand. And you did! And this also turned out to be the journey that took you all the way from Sweden, to Thailand, to the US and finally to a life in the state of Hawaii.  Because  on one of those Thailand beaches you happened to meet the LOVE. And love turned out to hit you in the shape of an American man.

Together since then. You’ve been teaming up with a man that not only love and supports you but also challenges you. He’s the one to bring out your strengths when you forget you have them. He’s the one who believes in your greatness when you run away from the fact that you are pretty darn amazing.


Dear Evelin, if you ever doubt who you are and what you’re worth. Look back at this. Remember that feeling you had in Israel – that feeling of being a strong woman! A woman who have faced the fears and difficulties of life and survived. A woman who isn’t afraid of traveling alone, who will get through even the toughest of challenges. And never forget to love yourself like you’ve learned to do. Never forget that you are worth it all – all the greatness that may come you way, even if you have to fight hard to get it!

And never forget that the man by your side is in love with you. The one you truly are. He knows your flaws and he lives with them. He helps you face them when it’s necessary and it’s not because he’s a bad man. No, it’s because he wants you to be able to be truly HAPPY. To be happy with yourself and all the things you are, and happy with him for who he is. And you two share a great story and a great life, which will only get better. The journey for you have only just begun!


Dear Evelin,

I’m so happy I’ve been getting the chance to get to know you better. That you didn’t give up life earlier like you wanted to. You are worth to live, love and be loved. Do not forget this.

I love you.


10 Things I Love About Running

I’ve been running since May 2012. I’ve been calling myself a runner since August 2012. I’ve been running 4 races and have been getting faster and being able to run longer. I talk about running at least 5 times a day (poor husband/family/friends). I have a blog and a twitter account where I write mostly about running. Obviously I LOVE running!

But here’s the things that made me fall in love with running (and continue to love it more and more):

1. Running makes me (feel) awesome.

2. Running has made me find that confidence I was lacking, both soul and body wise. When I run I feel GREAT with just myself and my emotions. It’s the me-time I’ve been missing and having a hard time to love.

3. Running makes me smile. I put my shoes on in the morning and I smile. Until the day ends and I go to bed.

4. Running is the reason I’ve started to dress in other colors than black. Now of course, if you don’t know me you can’t understand what a BIG DEAL this is..

5. Running has made me understand and feel very impressed of my dad who is running Marathons yearly. It has also brought us closer to each other, even though the distance from Hawaii to northern Sweden is pretty far.

6. Running has made me get curious and less afraid of trying out new exercises and foods.

7. Running is the reason I’m healthier now (in body and mind), at the age of 30, than I’ve been for a looong while.

8. Running makes me LOVE my determination. I’m realizing I have so much more POWER in body/mind then I’ve ever given myself credit for.

9. With running comes a lot of FUN. The online community where motivation/inspiration/advice is always just one tweet/blog comment away, the races and the pre-race jitters, the fun gear, the.. list is long of fun things that running brought into my life!

10. Running is LIFE. Life is LOVE. Love is RUNNING.

I’m so happy I laced my old hiking sneakers (yeah, I know.. But that was what I had when staying at my parents house post Asia trip-pre US trip) on that day in May 2012. Thanks to Dad I got out and just did it. I couldn’t go far, but I got back to the house and I smiled. And so I continued. Smiling and running and loving myself and my strengths (which are getting more and more obvious both mentally and physically).. And I’ll keep on running as long as my body lets me (hopefully a long, long time).


American Heart Month and a Heart Healthy Giveaway – ENERGYbits

February is the American Heart Month and we all know that this is IMPORTANT. Our heart is a fantastic muscle that keeps us going through life and we should give nothing but the best to it as a thank you for the days we live here on the planet, right?!

Even though I’m sure we all (some more, some less) have the knowledge of this the facts are that heart disease and strokes are one of the most common causes of death in this country. Scary facts:

1.      One in three deaths in the USA are from heart disease and stroke

2.      One in three adults in the USA have cardiovascular disease

3.      More women then men have a stroke each year (55,000 more)

4.      An estimated 68 million adults have high blood pressure

5.      An estimated 71 million adults have high cholesterol

6.      An estimated 935,000 heart attacks and 795,000 strokes occur each year in USA

Source http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/AAG/dhdsp.htm

I’m all into the ENERGYbits and they happen to not only be great for some extra energy, vitamins and minerals but also for our heart health They can actually help you make sure that you’re doing all you can to keep your most important muscle pumping – taking you through life, runs and workouts safe and sound.


“Our algae tabs are quickly becoming recognized as the easiest, fastest, safest and most natural way to lower blood pressure and heart disease and are even being recommended to patients by cardiologists. This is because ENERGYbits® and SKINNYbits® are 100% organically grown spirulina algae which is loaded with heart healthy Essential Fatty Acids like Omega 3 and GLA which reduce inflammation in blood vessels. This helps blood to flow easily and heals the blood vessels so blood pressure and the chance of heart attack or stroke are reduced. Swallow (or chew) at least 30 tabs a day to experience all the health benefits that Mother Nature intended you to have from algae.”

– Catharine Arnston, Founder and CEO of Bits of Health Inc.

With this said I’d like to give you the opportunity to order your own bits of choice (there are ENERGYbits, SKINNYbits, RECOVERYbits and VITALITYbits to choose from, all of them consisting of 100% PURE algae) for yourself or someone you love as a gift – not only for Valentines Day but for the future. Use discount code EVELINRUNS to get 15% off your order.

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Or.. You can enter this HEART HEALTHY GIVEAWAY.

Through entering you get a chance to win a tin of ENERGYbits (approximately 75 bits).

Enter by following the steps below:

1. Like ENERGYbits on Facebook. Leave a comment on this blogpost telling me you liked them. (Mandatory)

2. Like SKINNYbits on Facebook. Leave a comment on this blogpost telling me you liked them. (Mandatory)

3. Follow @ENERGYbits on Twitter. Leave a comment here when you’ve started to follow them (include your twitter handle in the comment). (Mandatory)

4. Follow @SKINNYbits on Twitter. Leave a comment here when you’ve started to follow them (include your twitter handle in the comment). (Mandatory)

Get additional entries to the giveaway by:

5. Liking evelinruns on Facebook. Leave a comment here telling me you did so (include your account name)

6. Follow @evelinruns on Twitter. Leave a comment here telling me you did and what your twitter handle is.

7. Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment here telling me you did so. Example: I entered the Heart Healthy @ENERGYbits #giveaway over at @evelinruns blog, you can too: https://evelinruns.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/american-heart-month-and-a-heart-healthy-giveaway-energybits

So that’s a total of 7 entries per person and the more you do the bigger the chance that you’ll get some ENERGYbits shipped your way in early March.

Good luck!

The giveaway is open until February 28th 2012 and I will randomly pick a winner and post here on the blog March 1st. The giveaway is unfortunately only open for US and Canada residents due to shipping and customs outside of North America.


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