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Running Blogger Survey

I was “nominated” by Forks to Feet to do this Running Blogger Survey thingy, and I’m thinking why not?! This is how it works: “You answer the questions presented to you, then create your own questions, tag some of your favorite bloggers, and ask them to keep it going.”. These are the questions that Brandon over at Forks to Feet provided me with, and here are my answers:

1. How has blogging impacted your life (meeting people, learning new things, etc.)?

When I first started this blog I didn’t have any thoughts about the future at all. I was mostly starting it to have a place to write about my new love – running. You know how your partner, if not a runner, can get tired of listening to you going on and on and ON about running.. Yeah, that. That was my main reason to start this blog. As time went by though, I realized that this blog meant a lot to me. Connecting with other runners through my blog and twitter have been wonderful – very inspiring and motivating in both good times and in bad. I’m grateful for my followers – thanks to you I’ve had many good times, been uplifted when down, and motivated when not feeling it at all. So, thank you friends! I can only hope I can give you at least some of it back, because you are all worth it.

2. What was the most memorable comment you ever received on a blog post?

There has been so many supportive, inspiring and motivating comments left on my blog, which I love…..

…..Read the rest on the “real” evelinruns.com – I moved and I’d love for you to come with me. Update your bloglovin etc. Let’s have fun over there instead?!


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Evelin Goes Dot Com

I’ve moved my blog to a brand new domain and host. This means the address is new, not that different, but still new. I hope that you will all follow me over to evelinruns.com. Follow me on Bloglovin? I’d be very happy if you’d like to keep following me by updating your bookmarks, Feedly or whatever reader you’re using!

The site might go through some changes for a while as I’m trying to figure out how I want it to look. Please stick with me and feel free to give me suggestions and feedback. See you around dear friends!


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My #favoriterun

Amanda, MissZippy, recently (ok, maybe not THAT recently, I’m a bit late on this one) wrote about her favorite run and invited us all to follow along on her run and encouraged us to join in and show our favorite run. Lately, due to our problem with water at the house I’ve been running a different route a lot. This route starts from a beach park and is pretty straight, not too hilly and.. Pretty freaking hot. But I love it! Let me take you along on my favorite run at the moment:

Drive to the park.

Drive to the park.

Ahalanui Park

Ahalanui Park

Ahalanui Park 1

View from the park.

Start surface: grass

Start surface: grass

6 View 1

5 Surface

Running surface

7 View 2

Wild orchids to admire along the way.

Halfway point, let's turn around and go back towards the park (with a little detour..)

Halfway point, let’s turn around and go back towards the park (with a little detour..)

View at the halfway point. (I might have jumped into that grass to the right one or two times)

View at the halfway point. (I might have jumped into that grass to the right one or two times)

Heading back. Leaving Tsunami Evacuation Area, only to enter it a few miles down the road again.

Heading back. Leaving Tsunami Evacuation Area, only to enter it a few miles down the road again.

Random view.

Random view.

And she's running..

And she’s running..

Sometimes you're lucky?

Sometimes you’re lucky? Also, somewhere close to this you can sometimes by accident see a man having an outdoor shower on his semi-private property.

Depending on how high the tide is, sometimes I pass by this marvelous spot.

Depending on how high the tide is, sometimes I pass by this marvelous spot. Great place to snorkel, but I’m obviously not doing that during my runs..

.75mi left to the park.

.75mi left to the park.

Done! Back at the park and a shower/dip in the warm pond is awaiting!

Done! Back at the park and a shower/dip in the warm pond is awaiting!

Drive home post run, shower, swim and another shower! (Oh yeah, I had a swimsuit + towel on, promise!)

Drive home post run, shower, swim and another shower! (Oh yeah, I had a swimsuit + towel on, promise!)

That ended up being a lot of photos from my favorite run as of now. This route could be everything from 3mi-9-10mi without problems and it’s my favorite because: 1. There’s more space for me on the road. Driver might still be freaking crazy around here, but at least I don’t have to jump into the jungle because of them. 2. There are hardly any dogs around, which I prefer as stray(?) dogs sometimes bothers me. A lot! 3. It’s peaceful and flat. The bad: 1. Roadkills. 2. It get’s HOT as there’s not much shade to be had. 3. Roadkills. Yep, this is where I’ve ran with eyes shut, puked and tried to break the world record in not breathing because of rotting pigs and dogs.

Interested in running here with me? Come on over, I’d love your company! 

Q: What is your current favorite run? Do you want to link up with us and share it, either with photos or text (or both)? 

And while you’re here visiting, don’t forget to check out my Picky Bars Giveaway. There’s still time to enter for your chance to win Picky Bars + Picky Swag!


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Picky Bars Review and Giveaway!

What is Picky Bars?

The stars (yes, they are all actually stars) behind Picky Bars are Stephanie Rothstein, Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas. It all started with Lauren wanting to find the perfect bar to fuel her husband Jesse. They were looking for a good and smart balanced gluten and dairy free bar. There were many to choose from on the market, but none of the existing ones hit the spot for the two athletes. So Lauren who knew exactly what she wanted set out to create her own bar for her husband in training.

“I wanted a 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio, slow releasing carbs for level blood sugar, minimal soy content, and healthy fats making up  25% of the calories.  Oh yeah, and it needed to taste amazing.  No big deal, right?” – Lauren Fleshman

It just so happened that Lauren and Stephanie, Laurens training buddy, were both injured and had time to kill (and knowing how being injured felt for me, I kind of get a feeling it was a good way to stay sane – a project to keep them occupied!) so they spent countless hours experimenting until they had a perfect balanced AND perfectly tasty bar in front of them. This was the start Picky Bars, and since then they’ve released three other bars and they are also just now in the end of July releasing a fifth flavor!

PickyBars and Evelin

The day I got the sample pack of Picky Bars I immediately wanted to go for a run, so that I could justify having one of the bars. Yes, that’s how excited I was about getting to try these bars out! You probably already know that I like snacks that are as clean and natural as possible, and Picky Bars definitely hit the spot for me!

I received a sample pack to try out. This included one of each of the flavors:

  • Smooth Caffeinator – Hazelnut Mocha Madness
  • All-In Almond – Agave Sweetened Awesomesauce
  • The Need for Seed – Sunflower Butter Sensation
  • Lauren’s Mega Nuts – Peanut Butter Booyah

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I loved every single bite I took from these bars (and wish I would’ve been able to make them last longer). I used them as fuel before a run, as a recovery snack post-run and as a snack while being out hiking and.. Yes I admit, one of them might have just served as an awesome treat, just like that, with a cup of iced coffee. The bars all filled me up just enough, to that point where you get some energy without the “food coma” part. I have to admit I always get pretty nervous when trying something new before a run or a hike, but just as great as the bars tasted as great did I feel being fueled by them out running and hiking!

PickyBars served as a totally awesome snack while out hiking on the lava!

PickyBars served as a totally awesome snack while out hiking on the lava!

Even though I’m a serious coffee drinker I usually stay away from caffeinated bars, gels etc. before heading out for my runs. No matter how used to caffein my body is I just can’t get away from the fact that my belly tend to get sensitive while running. BUT, the Smooth Caffeinator was actually the bar I tried before heading out for a run and I had no problems at all! In fact, I went for my longest run post-injury being fueled by that Picky Bars! (I’ve smashed that distance by now though!). My favorite..  Do I have to pick one, really? I don’t think so – they all are great! But I guess I’d go for the Smooth Caffeinator. Or All-In Almond (if you are following me on Twitter you might have noticed my obsession with almonds – I eat them daily AND always use almond oil instead of body lotion)..

Let’s have a look at the ingredients in one of the bars? Let’s do the Smooth Caffeinator, just because.. I like coffee?

  • 100% Vegan
  • Gluten & Dairy Free
  • 100% Non-GMO
  • 61% Organic
  • 25mg caffein (1/3 cup of coffee)
  • 200 Calories (8g Fat, 28g Carbohydrates, 7g Protein)
  • Ingredients: Organic Dates, Hazelnut Butter, Organic Agave Nectar, Rice Protein (Protein from Whole Grain Sprouted Brown Rice), Organic Crispy Brown Rice Cereal, Hazelnuts, Organic Chocolate Chips (Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin (non-GMO), Organic Vanilla Extract), Cranberries (Cranberries, Sugar, Sunflower Oil), Organic Apricots (Organic Apricots, Organic Rice Flour), Fair Trade Organic Coffee, Sea Salt, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Safflower Oil, Natural Vitamin E (to preserve freshness).

Looks great to me! And it sure tastes great too!

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Looks pretty darn tasty to me!

I don’t just like the taste and how well the bars treated me, I also like the visual concept and the playful wording Picky Bars use – love the look of the packaging, the names etc. I agree, it IS freaking science dude! And wait, there’s more! There’s a Picky Club, where you can sign up to get a Picky t-shirt, the chance to try new flavors, a discount etc and best of all: you get sent 18 delicious bars monthly! All that for $37/month! Oh and there is a new bar coming out soon, one that would LOVE to get my hands on ASAP! Runners High – Blueberry Vanilla Hemp Hustlin’, how wonderful doesn’t that one sound?! Gotta love the runners high, and I’m pretty sure as a runner you are really hustlin’!

If you are excited about trying the Picky Bars, head on over to their website and order yourself some goodness. They are also sold in several locations, where of REI is one of the places. If you want to see where you can get Picky Bars in your town there’s a store locator on Picky Bars website.

PICKY BARS GIVEAWAY!

As excited I was to try out the Picky Bars as excited (or even more) am I to give you, my friends, the chance to try them too. Picky Bars are giving one of you the chance to win a sample pack of bars PLUS Picky SWAG! How great is that?! Yup, pretty darn great if you ask me!

Head on over to Rafflecopter now and enter for your chance to win, I promise you it’s worth it!

Picky Giveaway

The giveaway is open July 14th 12am(HST) to July 22nd 12am(HST). I will randomly pick a winner and let you know who the lucky one is in a blogpost.

Disclaimer: I was given a sample pack of Picky Bars for free to try and review on my blog, I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions in this blogpost are mine and mine alone and they have not been controlled or influenced by Picky Bars or anyone else. 


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A Few Quick Updates

CD July 11th

I’m running!

Yep, I’m still running. Big surprise?! Of course I’m still running. I’ve been slowly increasing my mileage and it feels so good! I’ve had some niggles going on in my hips (they feel tight and weak, but I’m working on it adding more strength and flexibility into the schedule) and that light PF I was experiencing earlier this spring is flaring up every once in a while. It’s been I use KTTape when I can actually get clean enough (see coming info regarding our water situation) to get it to stick to my body. Great news though = since I transitioned into and started running full time in my SKORA’s it’s been getting a LOT better. Yay, once again, for my dear shoes!

 

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Lots of love

My mood has been so good lately! I might be a bit smelly, but my heart have been full of love and appreciation for life, friends, running etc. As if that wasn’t enough I’m honored to be featured on two great blogs lately. Brandon gave me some love on his great website Forks to Feet and Nicole, one of the Cookies on the Run, honored me by having me featured as Runner of the Week on their blog. I’m so honored and proud to be seen on these blogs! Check them out, read their awesome blogs and give them some love?!

 

sunrise on the deck

Husband at work = 100% focus on myself

So my husband started working again July 1st. This was a big change in many way. We’ve been having so much time together as none of us were working December through June! I suddenly spend a lot of time alone at the house/in the area we live. But that’s not the only change.. I’ve lost a few pounds (the ones I put on while having a hard spring emotionally and not being able to run as much as I wanted) and I’ve been getting back to getting some PROPER strength training in. This body is going towards less fluff and more strength = happy and more confident Evelin. Great things! I’ve also changed up my eating since he’s not around. I eat smaller meals, more often. This is something I grew up with and I kind of lost it while moving over here with my husband. He is not used to that, he’s more of an “I eat one or two BIG meals a day and the rest of the time I’ll snack” kind of guy. Needless to say that’s been messing with my diet, but now when I’m getting back to my normal I right away see improvement, not only visual but also in the way I feel – which is more important!

 

Who knew lack of water would be such a big deal?!

We’re still having problems with the water situation in the house. Living off the water grid is not always easy and can cause some problems. Especially if you’re a runner! After over three weeks with NO showers at home, only cold showers in a beach park every other day, we’re back to being able to shower almost daily. At home! The showers last for about 2-3 minutes but hey, that’s way better than no shower at all!

 

Birthday is coming up!

I’m turning 31 in less than a month! This year, the first in my 30’s, have been flying by! I don’t even know how time can pass so quickly?! But it’s been a great year! Now I’m thinking: How will I celebrate this year? Well, I’m not going to even try to drink alcohol. Last year for my 30th birthday husband bought  champagne – I didn’t have a single sip of it! I just don’t like alcohol nowadays. So instead I’m going to set aside some money to feed my running addiction. My wish list is growing and there are definitely things lots of things I really “need” – like more SKORA shoes, Oiselle apparel and some new merino gear. Oh and a handheld water bottle, some more Hüma Gel and… Yeah, the list goes on and on and… You know the deal!

 

Q How is your week? Any fun plans for the weekend? Maybe a race coming up?

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