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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?!

 

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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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We Have A Winner!

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First of all, thank you so much for visiting my blog to read the Injinji review and enter the giveaway. I am amazed by and very happy about the interest you showed for these socks! Many of you all ready knows Injinji and love them just as I do and some of you are curious about the whole toe sock thing – I’d say you should be! If you get a chance to try Injinji out in the future – don’t hesitate!

I picked a winner with the help of Random.org:

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Then visited Rafflecopter to see who was the lucky number 669:

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Brandon won by leaving a comment.

And then, to make it easier in case there are more than one Brandon who entered the giveaway I found the comment:

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So, there you go! Here’s our winner of the Injinji socks and Samples of GU Energy: Brandon! Congrats! Send me your shipping address and shoe size to email address: evelinruns [at] gmail [dot] com and I will get your information forwarded ASAP so that you get to put your toes in these awesome sock and match them with your Five finger shoes!

To the rest of you, thank you once again for visiting and I hope to see you again! If your interest for Injinji’s is sparked and you want to get yourself a pair or two, visit their website. They are also on Twitter, Facebook (where they have competitions/giveaway at times) and Instagram. Check them out!


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Injinji Review and Giveaway!

What is Injinji?

Injinji is an African term describing when a “drumming circle reaches a climax, the peak in the performance, when all of the participants are at one with the rhythm, when everyone hits a stride and there is unison among all”. This is what Injinji believes in and feel their community of athletes is all about.

Injinji makes performance toe socks (for just about any activity) which will keep your toes/feet happy! Injinji was created by athletes for athletes with the “manifestoe”: “Forever committed to innovation that allows your feet to live and perform at their peak. We are a better way.”.  Injinji offer a variety of socks for different activities and preferences. There are Run series, the Trail, Sport and Yoga socks as well as liners and even Compression socks! There are Light, Original, and Midweight socks to choose from depending on what kind of socks you prefer. They also come in different cuts (from No-Show to Knee highs) and colors, which makes it all even better. I’d say there’s definitely something for everybody (as long as you’re into the toe sock thing)!

From Injinji’s website:

“The advantages of toesocks are so plentiful once you experience them, you may not want to wear any other sock again. The 5 toe sleeve design and superior fiber construction provides:
– Proper Toe Alignment (makes for healthier happy feet)
– Superior Moisture Management (drier and less smelly feet)
– Better posture, better balance (you get full use of your toes!)
– Blister and hotspot prevention (relieve some of that foot pain)
– Tactile Feel (enabling natural feel and movement in ANY shoe)”

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I first read about Injinji during fall 2012 and even though I was curious about them it took me a while before I actually tried them. As I transitioned into my SKORA shoes and got accustomed to actually feel the ground more and running natural and relaxed I wanted to try the Injinji’s. Why not let the toes loose and actually be free to do the thing they are supposed to do? Splay and be a part of the forward motion while running. Another thing I was curious to find out was if the added fabric between my toes would be making my feet warmer/more sweaty or actually prevent that warm/sticky in-between-toes feeling I’ve noticed while running and post running? Yes, basically I was just very curious to see if my feet would agree with the above stated advantages in using toe socks.

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I received two pair of Injinji socks from their Run Performance 2.0 collection – the Lightweight and Original Weight No-Show. Being new to the toe sock business it was interesting putting the socks on. It kind of tickled and I couldn’t help but feeling a bit awkward at first but as I’ve gotten used to putting these socks it’s really not a problem. Sure it takes a few moments longer putting these socks on than a “normal” pair of socks, but once they are on they feel amazing! Really, like a hug for every single one of my toes.

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So what about actually running with the socks on? The first few runs I did with Injinji’s I could feel the added fabric between my toes, but it didn’t bother me – it was just there if you know what I mean? What I right away came to love was how great they feel for my feet. I can tell that my toes is actually spreading in my shoes and because of this my feet feel more “relaxed” than with other socks. I feel like I’m actually running with my feet, not just on my feet! :)

Running in Hawaii can cause pretty warm and sweaty feet and when I’ve been using “normal” socks I’ve noticed the sweat business a lot more than with these toe socks. I used to have some problems with getting blisters due too the sweat and the moist toes rubbing against each other – well, that’s not happening anymore! I agree with all of the above mentioned advantages from Injinji – these socks are really great for my feet!

Injinji climbed straight up to the top 5 of my favorite running gear list and I have a feeling they will stay there. I’m already looking into getting more of the Lightweight Run 2.0 socks as they are my favorites to run in!

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Yep, I love my Injinji’s!

Check the fantastic toe socks out on Injinji’s website, connect with them on Twitter, connect with them on Facebook, and/or follow them on Instagram. They are a great company with tons of fun things going on, great photos and they have amazing and inspiring athletes in their team!

Now onto the giveaway part of this blogpost. There are TWO pairs of Injinji’s and samples of GU Energy products in the basket and one of you will be the lucky winner of it all! All you have to do to enter the giveaway is click the Rafflecopter link below and follow the instructions. Do one or all of the entry options – it’s all up to you!

Injinji Socks + GU Samples – a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This giveaway will run from 7/2/13 at 12am (Hawaii) to 7/9/13 at 12am (Hawaii). I will choose a random winner and let you all know who it is in a blogpost here on Evelinruns July 9th.

 

Disclaimer: I was given two pair of Injinji socks for free to test 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 Injinji or anyone else. 


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How I Transitioned into Zero Drop Running

As I came back from my injury this spring I had some problems with what shoes to go for when retiring my Asics Gel-Neo33. After eyeing the SKORA Running shoes for more than 6 months I finally took the leap and ordered myself two pairs. It’s been a bit over three months since I started transitioning into my SKORA’s now and I figured I’d let you see what my process was going from a traditional shoe to a neutral zero drop performance shoe.

Walking for Boston in my first ever race shirt and the SKORA Forms.

Walking for Boston in my first ever race shirt and the SKORA Forms.

This is how I did my transition from Asics Gel-Neo33 (10mm heel-to-toe drop) to SKORA Form (0 heel-to-toe drop):

I've been taking my SKORA's pretty much everywhere on this island. From grassy walks, to lava hikes, to the mall, to the forest.. They are pretty much glued to my feet :)

I’ve been taking my SKORA’s pretty much everywhere on this island. From grassy walks, to lava hikes, to the mall, to the forest.. They are pretty much glued to my feet :)

First 4 weeks: Walking around, hiking, gardening and running (walking) errands in town in the new shoes which I loved from the first moment. Super comfortable, no problems with blisters/hot spots or anything. I noticed the increased usage of muscles compared to using my Asics due to the zero drop construction, but nothing alarming.

End of week 4: Went on my first “run” with my SKORA Forms. One day 0.4mi as the warm up before my planned run. Took it really slow and short to ease into running in the shoes.

Week 5: Repeated the same deal as week 4 before two runs. 0.75mi and 0.8mi. Felt great! Total: 1.55mi.

Week 6: Used the Forms for my warmup 4 times during the week with the farthest stretch being 1.28mi. Total: 3.95mi.

Week 7: Took the Forms out on two easy short runs out of the weeks four runs. Total: 5.3mi.

Week 8: At this point I felt pretty accustomed to running in the zero drop SKORA’s and took them out for three full (but short) runs. Total: 6.95mi.

Week 9: Had a bad week with life coming in the way of my running but got a “Steady State” in with the Forms and was able to perform really well and feeling great the whole way. Total: 5mi.

Week 10: Ran half of the weeks miles in SKORA and felt great. Total: 7.47mi.

From there on I’ve been all in when it comes to my SKORA shoes. From day one of putting them on they felt great and have been treating my feet (and the rest of my body) very well. No, excellent actually! I had the advantage of running low mileage in general since I’ve been trying to really slowly get back from my injury and building  my body up/getting used to running again. Today I’m sitting at a total of 21 miles for the week and I am very happy with being transitioned into my dear neutral and zero drop SKORA’s!

From my last long run. SKORA's treating me great (Hawaii is also pretty great to me)

From my last long run. SKORA’s treating me great (Hawaii is also pretty great to me)

Here’s my personal advice to you if you, just like I was, are nervous about taking the leap into a zero drop shoe:

– If you are planning on getting and transitioning into zero drop shoes – start doing slow and short barefoot strides at the end of your runs or when you have a few moments over. Take it really easy and be aware of how you’re feeling. This will activate the muscles you are using when running in a low profile shoe as opposed to high heel-to-toe drop shoes. I did and still do these barefoot strides regularly and I love them!

– Take your time to just spend time in the shoes before heading out for a run. Walk around, use them for work, to pick up the kids from school etc. Make the new shoes your best friends for every day wear! I’d say a fancy pair of running shoes are better than any high-heeled ones anyway (but then again, I’m not really you typical girly girl – I happen to be a crazy runner)!

Be aware of how your body is reacting to the new shoes. Any pains/aches? Went for a longer walk and feeling a bit sore in your calves maybe? Use the foam roll to roll them out.

– Stay on top of strengthening, foam rolling and stretching that body of yours! In general when being a runner it is important to keep the muscles strong and happy so that we won’t get “unnecessary”  injuries.

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– When you do start running in the new shoes, remember that it’s better to take it a little bit too slow than to rush into it both when it comes to distance and pace. I know it can be really frustrating (I sure thought it was!), but when it comes down to it a controlled and slow transition is probably going to work better in the long run as you will give your body the chance to not just adjust but to also embrace the new “conditions”.

Have fun! Always! 

– If you after starting to run in the new shoes are feeling any niggles in muscles etc – take a step back. Don’t push it! A new shoe with a totally different build than the traditional “high-heeled” (and maybe even “motion controlling”) shoe is a big change for your body. It might be a niggle naturally caused by the activation of “new” muscles (ones that might be weak on your body), but it could also be that these shoes don’t work for you? Don’t feel defeated, just take it easy and take the time to figure out what the reason for any aches might be before you move on.

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There are a lot of guides out there which can give you information on how to safe and sound transition into a minimal/low heel-to-toe drop shoe. Read what Peyton Hoyal (via SKORA Running) has to say about transitioning into “minimal” shoes or look around online for additional advice if you feel like you need it. I ended up going a lot on how I felt, and less about what guides were “telling” me to do and it seemed to work good for me.

 

Disclaimer: I am not a professional runner nor am I a running coach. My personal thoughts/advice in this blogpost are just that – personal and not professional. Please ask a qualified person if you have problems with injuries etc as I can only give you my own thoughts regarding my own experiences. 

 

Q: Do you run in zero drop shoes or are you thinking about transitioning? Are you happy with the shoes you are using or are you on the hunt for new shoes?


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Less Running, More Sightseeing

June started off with a few great runs and then our friends from Seattle showed up to celebrate a ten day vacation with us. We hadn’t seen our close friends since early December and it was so nice to spend some quality time together and get to show them around on “our” island. While I might have been a bit grumpy at times due to missing out on a bunch of runs it kind of turned into a vacation for us too. A lot of sightseeing, hiking, swimming, nice food, surfing, but also movie watching at the house while just enjoying the company had those ten days turning into BUSY days and we sure slept good at night. A lot of fresh air, driving, swimming and hiking tend to do that to you I guess?

Here’s some of it in photos (turned into quite a few photos even though I decided to leave a bunch out), get prepared for some Hawaii action:

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Beautiful rolling hills on the Saddle Road.

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Sunset over Mauna Loa

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Sightseeing on this island is so much more fun with friends. We had a great time. And it (almost) doesn’t matter that the four of us used all our water and we’re now waterless at the house. Haha. Living of the grid gets interesting at times!

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Run/swim/shower trip. Oh the things I do to get my runs in!

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Yep. I use my SKORA’s for everything (except swimming). That, and the fact that I LOVE them, is the reason there are so sooo many photos of them.

So here I am. With pretty much no water at the house and really in need of running. While I managed to get back on track post “vacation”, getting those runs in AND staying somewhat fresh is at the moment a little bit of a problem. Send all rain my way and my running will be easier! (And not to mention, I will smell a little bit better and maybe even have clean hair?!)


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A to Z: Some Old School Blogging Action

I have so many great things to write about in the near future I’m almost too excited. Don’t know where to start!

So in the meantime I will jump on the old school train and follow PavementRunner and others with this A to Z: Old School Blogging list.

A. Attached or Single?
Taken.

B. Best Friend?
My lover.

C. Cake or pie?
Pie pie pie. Always pie!

D. Day of choice?
Monday! New week, new start.

A to Z SKORA

E. Essential Item?
SKORA Running shoes.

F. Favorite color?
Purple right now. But to be honest, this changes pretty often.

G. Gummy bears or worms?
Whatever shape, as long as the gummy candy is SOUR.

A to Z Jungle

H. Home town?
The jungle.

I. Favorite Indulgence?
Almonds? In any shape or form.

J. January or July?
July.

K. Kids?
Maybe one day.

L. Life isn’t complete without?
Running.

M. Marriage date?
Last of August.

N. Number of brothers/sisters?
Two wonderful younger (but not smaller) brothers. They are my sunshine.

O. Oranges or Apples?
Apples. More to chose from!

P. Phobias?
Uh, I don’t really like feet/toe nails. Although, running entering my life have made me a bit better at handling them.

Q. Quotes?
“The world is your treadmill. Run all over it.” – PavementRunner.com  <– This was PavementRunner’s answer and it’s actually too good to delete! Seriously, go run ALL OVER IT!

R. Reasons to smile?
Love. Running. Running. Love. Pretty much the same thing, right?

S. Season of choice?
Winter. I mean, come on.. Living in Hawaii I never get to have it, and I MISS it!

T. Tag 5 People.
Skipping in Seattle, Barefoot Marathon Momma, SkinnyChickBlog, Run Like A Grl, Pittsburgh Runner.

U. Unknown fact about me?
I used to dye my hair black.

V. Vegetable?
Sweet green peas. LOVE ’em!

W. Worst habit?
(Best habit?) Coffee drinking. I Can. NOT. Stop.

X. Xray or Ultrasound?
Well, I guess I’ve had more of the ultrasound action going on in my life.

Y. Your favorite food?
Halloumi.

Z. Zodiac sign?
Leo.

That’s it. Happy Weekend to you all! I’ll be back with some more posts shortly.

Feel free to copy this list and jump on the old school train, you too!


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Friday Favorites

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I love Hüma Gel and I just have to send some love their way on a Friday like this. Hop on over to their site and grab yourself a sample pack (or maybe a whole box of them? I know I could put it down easily!) if you haven’t tried them yet.

 

 

Roga Revolution! @ Oiselle.com

I mentioned Oiselle’s Roga Shorts in my June wish list blogpost and I have to mention them again, because right now you can get 20% off on the Roga’s with the code ROGAREVOLUTION. If I had the money at the moment I’d RUN to their online store and get them right away! If you can, you should!

 

 

 

SKORA blog

SKORA wrote about strides recently, and I happen to be a big fan of them. Actually both SKORA and strides. I add strides to my runs regularly, both during and at the end of my runs. Sometimes I keep going in my shoes, sometimes I do them barefoot. Check the blog out, get inspired and while you’re at it make sure to look around on SKORA’s webpage and read some more of their informative and inspiring blogposts.

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