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The Story About Evelin, Her Dad And a Marathon – Part 1

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I haven’t been running for a very long time, still I really do feel like I am a runner, which is a pretty amazing feeling! Especially knowing who I was just a few years ago. It’s probably easy to tell that running means a lot to me? It really does. It is my medicine, my joy, my way of finding my own strengths and it is my number one hobby. A hobby which takes up a lot of time and energy – if I’m not running, I’m definitely talking or thinking about running. Googling running related things or just looking at/dreaming about some running gear/apparel..

After a brief interaction with one of my followers I realized that I could actually run a marathon. I mean, I’ve known that I could if I aimed for it and went for it, but he made me realize that all I really need to do is.. Register. It all starts there, right?!

So with this new perspective I’ve started to set up goals for the future. Since I became a runner there is one thing, one dream, I keep coming back to.. And it is that I want to run a marathon with my dad.

My dear dad. The man who inspired and motivated be to play and coach basketball. The man who YEARS later got me into running and with that gave me the greatest gift I’ve ever had – I now run, and through my running I have learned so much about myself, about the physical and mental strength I possess, and I’ve found ways to channel stress, anxiety etc.

This marathon with my dad will happen, I just need to plan it with him. Are we doing it in Sweden? In the US? During winter or summer? The future will tell. But it will happen.

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Jelly Bean Virtual Race 5k Recap

A while ago I signed up to do the virtual race arranged by Run with Jess called Jelly Bean Race. I figured since I was back running (kind of) it would be a fun thing to do, especially since I’m missing out on a lot of “real” races I had planned to do this spring. I’m nowhere close to where I was with my running pre injury, but I got my 5k done in a slow pace and it was a beautiful morning and start of the day.

 

Tuesday March 26th I set out to do my 5k and this is how it looked:

Jelly Bean 5k

 

Jelly Bean 5k 1

 

Jelly Bean 5k 2

 

Jelly Bean 5k 3

 

Jelly Bean 5k 4

 

As my 5k PR is 25:46 this is far beyond what I should be able to do for a 5k, but I just have to be OK with the 31 minutes I got. If I’m totally honest I didn’t push very hard, but rather decided to enjoy the beautiful sunny morning and just get my 5k’s done and have fun. I did. I know I’ll be back to normal later this year, and one of my goals for this year is to get a 5k in 25 minutes, whether it’s on a race or just training. I KNOW I have it in me, just a little bit further away now after the injury.

 

 

Q: Have you participated in any virtual races? Did you enjoy it?


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The Half That Didn’t Happen

larabar

As I write this I’m laying in bed under the blanket, I just finished a Lärabar (yeah, it’s my lunch, at 3.40pm) and I actually just stopped crying. Almost.

The start of this year didn’t end up being the way I imagined and pushed for it to be.  January 3rd I was forced to stop running due to my foot injury. And not only did the injury stop me from doing something I love to do, but it also took a lot of energy away from me. You know how running can turn a whole day around? You wake up feeling kind of crappy, but you get out there to run and once you’re done running (probably even during the run) everything just feels better. It feels like I’ve had one of those mornings for months now. I just feel off, and I haven’t been able to run enough to shake that feeling off.

 

Tomorrow is March 17th. That magical date I had in mind for my first Half Marathon. In Hilo, the closest town to where we live. Since I ran my first race in August that half has been on my mind. The thought of finishing my first half have had me SO motivated and made me fall in love running even more (didn’t think it was possible). But yeah, March 17th 2013 is no longer the date.

I know that I keep saying that I stay positive. I remind others of doing it too, but both you and I know that even though you fight really freaking hard to stay positive there’s going to be days when it just doesn’t work. When you give it your all, but it’s still not good enough. I’ve been doing good. I really have. Even though I wish I could’ve just been running this whole time I feel proud of the fact that I was able to focus on other things during the time I spent injured and banned from running. I did good.

But no, it just doesn’t help much today. I really wish today was a day full of pre race jitters, of preparations and lots of focusing on other things not to go nuts because of the nerves. I wanted this day, March 16th 2013, to be the day before the big day. And I wanted it so bad!

Today is a day of emotions spread all over the place. I am sad. Disappointed. And I can’t shake it off, it’s just the way it’s going to be. I didn’t plan on getting injured, who does? And it sucks that it happened. It really does. But of course I’m going to survive! I’m going to cry this out and then move on. I’m lacing on my running shoes at least 3-4 times a week from now on, I’m not running far right now, but I will. I will work hard, re-focus and go get that half!

 

Nothing, no injury, nothing else either, can take the love of running away from me! And that is what matters in the end. I might have lost 2 months of running, I might have lost some stamina and put on some weight but I haven’t lost my love. I’ll be back. Be warned, whatever Half coming my way… I will get you!


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“Big Dog’s New Year’s Resolution 5k Run” – Race Recap

Resolution 5k

This, the last Sunday of 2012 was a race day for me. I’ve decided to get as many races in as possible to get used to dealing with my nerves and just running a race and today I got to run a fund raising 5k for the food bank in Hilo, HI (the registration fee was ($5 or a canned good”). Big Dog is the nick name of Wayne Joseph who is a big name here on the Big Island when it comes to the running (and sports in general).

pre-race me

This was a cute little race with a lot of (ok, maybe not more than 100) happy runners/walkers joining in on a grey and rainy Sunday morning. My husband and I got up and driving around 5.30am and got to the start/finish meet up place on Coconut Island in Hilo approximately 45 minutes before the start. As we all got ready to start running/walking the rain wasn’t too bad but let me tell you it got worse after the race started. I got SOAKED through all clothes and had to “squeeze” water out of my shirt three times during the five k’s. Even running in Seattle rain seems like nothing when compared to today’s rain..

rainy blur

As always before a race I got nervous and I did my best to keep thinking “this is not a serious race, just run your 5k’s and be happy you’re doing it” and “forget about finishing time, just get through the course” and as I lined up for the start I realized I was surrounded by people way more serious than I – and that became even more apparent as the start signal went off – people around me took off SO fast and I got caught up in it for about 500m before I managed to slow myself down and “do my own race”. And after that I did. I enjoyed running in my new Brooks PureConnect – they feel great! So light and easy to run fast in!

all about the shoes

here we go

The rain kept falling on us out on the course, harder and harder, and at the end I started to get a little bit ennoyed with my shirt for sticking to my body like glue.. But whatever, I enjoyed being out there meeting (passing/getting passed by) a bunch of happy runners. There were a lot of cheering from runner to runner out there and that is always nice! In general, I think we should take the time and energy to smile with and cheer on each other – even when it comes to racing.

finish 1

finish 2

My dear husband was a trooper standing in the rain (trying to get away from it under a tree) waiting for me to finish. He might not be a master with the camera but he managed to capture some of my moves going toward the finish line. With all the blur going on you might actually be fooled to think that I’m faster than I am?! My finishing time for the 5K was 25.46 and that is… A PR!

drippin wet

Soaked but very content with my race I got into the car (REALLY happy I had brought a dress and a pair of dry undies, which I quickly changed into right there on the parking lot on Coconut Island) and got going to Starbucks for the usual post-race coffee.

My last words for today (and I’m not going to be ashamed of it): I’m so freaking proud of myself! When I started running in May I could barely run more than 1 mile and here I am running 5k in 25.46 and 10k in 58.23?! I rock!


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Half Marathon Training is ON!

Since I ran my first race back in August I’ve been thinking of doing a Half Marathon. The longer I’ve been thinking of it the more I’m craving it. I want to finish a Half. I am going to finish a Half!

Because of a trip to Sweden already being planned for March 18th I’m having a hard time deciding and registering for my Half. You see, I have my mind set on doing my Half in March/April and because of that trip over to Sweden I feel like the way to go is to “get it done” before the trip. Can’t even imagine how hard it would be to finish up training for the Half by not only traveling half way around the world, but also from a tropical climate to a very cold Sweden. No, I don’t even have the right running gear to be running (and preparing for a Half) in temperatures down to -20F and tons of snow in Sweden.

Anyways, knowing that I’m going to leave for Sweden approximately March 18-19 I have two options for running a Half here in Hawaii:

The Hapalua in Honolulu, March 10th

Hilo Half

Hilo International Marathon (But the Half of course), March 17th

I’d really LOVE to be able to do The Hapalua, but because of my husband and I having to deal with a move and finding jobs (and not to mention the giant task ahead of me: getting a Drivers Licence!) we’re not sure we can afford to go to Honolulu for the race. Even though this would be a great layover on our way to Seattle and connecting flights to Europe (plus an opportunity to spend some time with friends in Seattle before we take off to my family) I can’t really seem to convince C that it’s a great plan (you see, this is why I’m wishing my husband was as into running as I am). I’m stressing about it because if we booked everything here soon we’d get tickets/hotel stay a little bit cheaper.

The other way for me to get my Half in is to drive across the Island and do the Hilo Half. This is fine with me, but it will be VERY stressful (if even possible) to catch connecting Sweden flights in Seattle March 18th or 19th. I’m afraid that if this will be my first Half, I’ll spend most of my trip back home slowly recovering from my 13.1 miles instead of being able to actually enjoy the fact that I’ve finished (well, hopefully) my Half.

Whatever happens I’m already on top of my shit. I started on a 12 (with one added week making it a 13 week) training program for the Half. I was feeling kind of rushed while picking one and so far I feel like I might have been better off using a little “tougher” training plan then the one I chose. After asking on Twitter a lot of people recommended following one of Hal Hidgon’s training programs and as I looked into them I started on the “Novice 1” not knowing that there was a “Novice 2” to chose from too for beginner Half programs.. I know the Novice 1 is going to pick up here soon but these first two weeks I’ve felt lazy and kind of bored because of the short runs I’ve had scheduled.

I might mix the program up a little in a few weeks, maybe changing to the Novice 2. I have to see how I feel when I actually get somewhere with this.. Another thing I spend a lot of time thinking of and worrying about a little is how I’ll get the training program timed for one or another of the Half Marathons, thinking of the fact that they’re one week apart.

If any of you out there has any recommendations or advices for me going towards my first Half – bring it on! I’m more than happy to take help from fellow runners. Always.


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“Survive The End Of The World 10K” Race Recap and BondiBand Giveaway Winners

Today was the day of my third race ever. I’ll tell you all (I can remember) about it. Here goes:

tired girl

The “End of the World 10K” race started in Kona at 7am. We do not live in Kona, so we had approximitaly 1 1/2 hour of driving to get there. Therefore, alarm set for 3.45am Let me tell you neither my husband or I was stoked about getting up that early to get in the car and get going. It was dark, cold and I was grumpy. OK, we both were. But off we went and the drive was dark and felt long..

dark drive

A lot of music and not too much talking took us into Kona. After a stop at Starbucks (coffee for C, restroom visit for me) we headed down to Ali’i Drive and the spot where I thought the race would start. Getting there we realized that I was wrong and we started driving around looking for the start… We finally found it at about 6.15 and as we parked and I suddenly realized that the course for the 10K would be COMPLETELY different than what I had in mind I had a meltdown in the car. With thoughts like “I can’t run hills”, “There’s only a few people running the race, I’m going to finish LAST (if I even finish)” spinning in my head I decided not to do the race.. Then I remembered all the awesome runner tweeps on Twitter who are doing their races, beating their nerves and getting out there racing and also cheering ME on as I go further on my running journey and realized that I had to do this race. Husband agreed and reminded me of how disappointed I would be with myself if I backed out of doing the race last minute. So, I laced my shoes on and walked down to the start and registered.

registration

After registering and getting my race number I was so nervous and had to run to the restrooms a couple of times and try to focus on.. Whatever else than running, really. During these 45 minutes waiting for the start I actually let my husband get a photo of me. Amazing! Can’t say that I was stoked, I pretty much just wanted to run away (hide in the water or just run back into Kona downtown to hide from the whole race thing. I can’t be the only one starting to compare myself to other runners gathering up to do a race? I see all these super fit and totally calm people around me and I can’t help but feeling like I’m not a “real runner” (what IS a “real runner”, really?!)..

nervous

Suddenly all that time had passed and it was time to line up for the start. During my meltdown in the car I had come to realize that I forgot my armband for the iPhone at home (of course I found this a reason to back out and head back home without doing the race during the meltdown) so I tried to set my iPhone up for a ride in my bra (no, it didn’t work very well..) and I started listening to music before the start to space everything else out. Obviously I look totally lost while doing so:

start

And I was off. Totally planned to go slow (about a 6-6.30 min/k pace) for the first 3k and thought I’d manage to do so when I found a spot behind two ladies just after the start. But… As the first hill arose they slowed down and I had to pass. I still kept my pace down pretty good I’d say, and when the first downhill came I was relieved. I thought that I’d get some flat or at least semi flat running after that downhill.. But NO, it ended up being a dead end, so back up the hill we went. And than some more incline and some more, and than a decline (which I right away realized would be another turnaround again meeting other runners as I enjoyed speeding down the hill). And this was the course. UP, DOWN, UP, DOWN etc. Pretty much the whole way!

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After about 3k my phone would not stay in my bra anymore and started sliding down my back. I decided to rearrange and tied my shorts on tighter and thought the phone would stay put in the lining but… After a little bit I had the phone jumping around inside my shorts… Not great as you might understand. I tried putting it back in the front of my bra, not working. At last I decided to just hold it in my hand (I don’t like having my hands occupied while running, but I made it work) for the rest of the race.

[Anyways, I hung in there and had fun running. Felt strong and confident and with 2,8k left I realized that I had one downhill left and I had a shot at a PR (sub 1:02:00) and I went for it. As always, looking back I think I could’ve pushed it a little bit longer and faster but I did finish with a PR. 58:23 was the official time and could not be happier!

finish

Photo from Waverider Triathlon Club

After the race I enjoyed some fruit and sports drink and then I got my Starbucks coffee (I’d been looking forward to that cup of coffee from the moment I woke up..) and breakfast on the way back home. I had a great day and I’m so happy my meltdown didn’t have me back down and chicken out!

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And now something completely different..

I had a giveaway with two BondiBands earlier. After the giveaway finished I used random.org to pick the winners and here they are:

BondiBand Winner 1

Alex

BondiBand Winner 2

Stacie (skippinginseattle.wordpress.com)

Email me your address (email: evelinruns at gmail.com) and I’ll get the hairbands in the mail ASAP. Hope you’ll enjoy them and keep on running happy!

Thank you for entering the giveaway. Please come back for more, I have a few giveaways to host in the near future.


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I’m Surviving the End of the World tomorrow

So I’m running my third race tomorrow. Before the break of dawn my husband and I are getting up, into the car and driving the 1 1/2 hour to Kona. At 7am I’ll be at the start line for my second 10K race. I am nervous, but I’ve decided to just do this. I’m not aiming at a PR (but let’s be honest, don’t we all kind of want to do as good as freaking possible in all races), I’m going to have fun. And finish!

The race I’m doing is called “End of the World” and is arranged by Waverider Triathlon Club which is an organisation with the purpose of “encourage students of Kealakehe High School to live a healthy and active lifestyle”. Pretty cool and very suitable thinking of the location. Big Island and Kona is, as we all know, one of the greatest spots when it comes to triathlon competitions (IRONMAN).

I’m looking forward to run down Ali’i Drive and being able to look at the ocean as I run (my normal view is… lava.. and ocean in a distance).

But anyways. I AM nervous and this is what I did to calm my nerves this afternoon:

Day Before End of the World 1

Day Before End of the World 2

I’ve also been drinking tons of water and indulging in a LOT of chocolate (because… I’m worth it). Great preparations for tomorrow’s run.

 

Q: Anyone else out there doing a race this weekend? If so, good luck and HAVE FUN!

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