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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.

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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!

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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?


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Lazy day and Abs By April

After a night of really bad sleep husband and I had a lazy kind of waste of a morning, until we decided to head down to the park down by the water. We were definitely continuing being lazy over there, enjoying egg sallad sandwiches and iced coffe while writing, reading, watching the waves crash against the lava cliffs and spotting a few whales passing by. As the sun started setting we head back home and I immediately felt energized (it’s amazing what the sun can do for a tired body and mind!) and motivated to get some exercising going. As I’m participating in Abs By April I’ve found myself focusing mostly on abs but I also got some glute and arms into the workout.

Megan sent out a workout program for week two of the Abs By April Challenge and it’s a great one! I find myself sweating like crazy and I have a lot of fun as I’m pushing myself to do three sets of the workout. Today I ended up almost throwing up and having to do the Savasana/Corpse Pose (haha, maybe I was just totally exhausted and couldn’t do anything else but lay down?) for a few minutes when I finished the third set. Great feeling though! I’m never bummed about being exhausted or have sore muscles post workout, not even when it means laughing hurts because of serious ab workouts or when sitting down on a chair hurts so bad I rather stay standing/walking instead!

Feb 2nd

As Week 3 of the Abs by April is starting I feel like I’m on track of the challenge and I have so much fun being a part of it. If you feel like getting some extra motivation and inspiration to get those abs you might be dreaming of – don’t hesitate to join the challenge! Megan is providing us with fun exercise suggestions and there are tweeps and bloggers to hold you accountable and cheer you on as you work towards the goal – Abs By April!


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“Abs By April” A Challenge hosted by Run Like A Grl

Megan, who runs the blog Run Like A Grl, just started this ab challenge and I thought “why not join?!”. As one of my goals for 2013 is to work on building up some strength this is a great way to get a little extra inspiration, motivation and support.

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Here’s some information from Run Like A Grl’s blog:

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“Here’s how its going to work:

    • Sign up for the challenge here!
    • Each week, there will be an Abs by April Challenge post where I will share an ab/core workout or exercise that will be the suggested weekly challenge.  I know sometimes life gets in the way so if you only have time for a different type of ab/core workout, that’s fine! The purpose is to get stronger, healthier, and build some definition. As long as you are doing something, that’s totally cool.
    • During the week, share your workouts, progress, photos of you participating in the challenge, and any advice via myFacebook page or through Twitter/Instagram using thehashtag #AbsByApril.  Share as much or as little as you want, its up to you.
    • At the same time each week, take a photo of your abs to document progress.

You can share this on social media if you feel comfortable, just share a before and after photo in April, or keep it to yourself as personal proof of your awesomeness!

Having a strong core is so crucial to overall health and injury prevention, which is the ultimate goal of this challenge. As a person who has had back issues since a young age, I know the important of strong abs/core (this also includes back muscles!). So let’s do this together, its so much easier to achieve something when you have support. Plus, looking good on the beach doesn’t hurt :) And without further delay, here’s your first challenge.

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Week 1 Challenge Details: This challenge is a daily one (although most won’t be): do at least one plank a day for the next week. Planks use significantly more muscles than a standard crunch, so many trainers are choosing these! Hold this plank for as long as you can, log the time, and compare your times throughout the week! This challenge includes any variation of a plank you choose. Here are some options:

Standard Forearm Plank
Standard Straight Arm Plank
Walking Plank
Plank with single leg lifts
Side Planks (both sides)
Side plank with hip dips
Side plank with oblique twists

The best site I’ve found demonstrating these is here

Tips: Be especially sure to active your glutes and lower body too during planks. Also be sure to distribute weight evenly throughout your upper and lower body.

Ways to share: Share a photo of you doing your plank, of your final time(s), tips for a others, or just a shout-out that you completed your plank! Use hashtag#AbsByApril!”

Written by: Run Like A Grl

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Megan have done an awesome job putting this challenge together and there’s a bunch of bloggers/tweeps already signed up for it. If you feel like this could be something for you, sign up and join us in this fun challenge?!

I’m starting a little bit late, but here comes my starting point. A few months, or even weeks ago I would have had a totally different starting point. Moving stress, bad food and no running for weeks have made me.. Soft. But it’s ok, here we go!

#AbsByApril Week 1

#AbsByApril Week 1

Hopefully next time I post a photo I won’t feel as embarrassed?

So, with this said and done. Bring the challenge on! Come April, and maybe I’ll look a little bit different in April (with some hard work done, of course)?!

 


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10 Goals in 2013

Most of you bloggers have already done a blogpost sharing your goals for the year of 2013 and here comes mine. I know we’re already almost done with January, but I got totally sidetracked by the move and my foot injury, and I’m thinking that it’s better to get it out there late then never?

As you’ve all understood by now, I’m all about running. Year 2012 was the year when I started to run and when it really made a big difference in my life. As I got more and more into running I grew stronger and more confident in not just my body but also in my mind. I’ve found a way to channelize my anxiety and stress, a way to be on my own without feeling lonely and I’ve become a person that smiles a lot more and feel happier inside and out. Ok, there’s other things in my life that make me smile and feel happy but running is definitely a big part of my wellbeing.

2013 is going to be the year I continue to run. It’s time to further develop as a runner and work more on both my mental and physical strength, but it’s also a year to work on other goals in life. I’ve been thinking a lot about what goals to set up for this year and here’s the result:

10 Goals For 2013

1. Run 1300k in 2013

It was hard for me to set up a goal like this, because I really don’t know how far I can get in a whole year of running. But during the months of 2012 (a little over 7 months) I managed to track 525k and that was just my starting out as a runner. As I’m hoping to do at least one Half Marathon and seeing what the training programs for a Half brings when it comes to amount of kilometres, I think that 1300k is doable. I’m aiming for it at least.

 

2. Finish my first Half Marathon

As mentioned above and in earlier posts my goal is to do my first Half Marathon this year. I know I have what it takes and that I can get it done. I WANT it. BAD! Now it’s just a matter of time. Will my foot heal enough to let me do one in March? Maybe. If not, I’ll do another one!

 

3. Get a Drivers License

I’m 30 years old and I don’t have a Drivers License. To be honest, being in this country I feel like a total weirdo not being able to drive. And it’s not just that, the fact that I don’t drive is making my life a little bit tough too. Getting around here without a car is not that easy (oh yes, I could always run, but unfortunately that doesn’t really work in the real world – BUMMER!) and the plan is for me to get a job here soon which will require some commuting and a car. So, this coming month I’m getting on top of this situation. My goal is to have the card in my hand and being able to drive our beautiful Volvo this spring. Looking forward to it, but I must confess I’m also a little bit scared..

 

4. Drink more water

Always. I need a constant reminder of this. As I’ve never been very good with taking my hydration serious (I tend to go for coffee when I feel like something to drink) I quickly realized that living in Hawaii this needs to be prioritized., even more so now than ever. I got myself a nice Contigo bottle and so far it has really helped me with my water drinking. But, I can’t stop now. I need to keep doing it. Every day, all year around, no matter where I am or what the weather is like.

 

5. Work my physical strength up

Since my late teens I haven’t been very good with working out. Or yes, in periods I’ve been obsessing over spin classes and so on but I haven’t had the courage to walk into the actual strength section of a gym. This year I’m getting going on working with weights and actually push myself to build up this body of mine and allow myself to get stronger, both in everyday life and when it comes to workouts/running.

 

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

I’ve always been bad with calling and writing to my friends and family and this has always been something I’ve been ashamed of and disappointed with myself for. Since I came to the US in June I’ve even more so realized that this must change. I’m physically SO far away from my loved ones and our only way of communicating is through Skype/email/letters, therefore I’m deciding to step my game up and in as many ways as possible show my family and friends that I LOVE them. 

 

7. Eat better

I’m not the one to go on special diets or anything. To be honest, I’m way too lazy. I tend to eat good, smart and healthy food.. Most of the times! But my laziness when it comes to food and cooking sometimes sets me up for terrible choices. This year I’m really going to think about this, be aware and make the right decicion before I just throw whatever’s closest down my throat. I’m planning on getting better with eating breakfast, even the days (lets say 80% of the time) when my husband is totally skipping breakfast and goes straight to late lunch/dinner. I am responsible for my own body, and laziness in the kitchen is not going to make me stronger or faster.

 

8. Choose JOY

I’ve got a history of depression. It’s been a big part of my life for way too long and now, when I’ve spent a few years actually feeling somewhat “normal” I still struggle to see things from the bright side and stop worrying. This year, I’m going to be more aware and think about being positive and unafraid of life. I’m going to smile more!

 

9. Run as many races as possible

Once again, obviously I like to run. And what better way to keep the joy and focus when it comes to running than doing races. I’m looking forward to getting more race experience and with that have a lot of fun. We’re not as spoiled with a ton of races here on the Big Island as in many other places, but the ones we have I’m going to do my very best to register for and RUN. One dream of mine is to do a race in Sweden while visiting my family. I’d be SO very happy to have my dear brothers and parents by my side (or maybe dad by my side, running with me?), cheering on me. Maybe not this year, but it WILL happen..

 

10. Read books in English

I’ve always liked reading, but I’m a real period reader and sometimes months pass without me picking up a book to read. I’m just now, as I moved to the US starting to get used to read books in English and it’s something I’d like to be better with. When reading in Swedish or Norwegian I’m a fast reader (very fast even), but reading in English takes time and it usually makes me get inpatient, give up and put the book away. But this year I’m going to stay patient and ENJOY being able to read in a third language. I have so much to win from it! I’m not going to set up a goal with number of books to be read, I’m just going to go with the flow and push myself to sit down and actually just.. read!

 

That’s it. Now, let’s go make things happen!


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A Great Start Of The New Year – ENERGYbits

While most of us have been giving gifts to our left and right for Christmas I feel like it’s important to remember ourselves that we actually don’t need a special day or a special reason to give a gift to someone we care about (like family, friends or.. ourselves!). I’m going to give you a great idea for a gift to start out the new year with. I know I’m going to stay #poweredbybits this coming year and I am happy I am!

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Why?

ENERGYbits® are the hottest high performance protein to hit the athletic community and have won a coveted spot as the most preferred fuel for athletes and weekend warriors. But before you turn up your nose at the thought of buying food as a gift for your favorite athlete, you should know that ENERGYbits® are not your average protein snack. They are made from 100% organic spirulina algae, which, according to NASA boasts a thousand times more vitamins and the highest concentration of protein in the world. No wonder algae has been used by NASA astronauts and Olympic athletes for decades. These nuggets of nutrition are in a class all their own. And it’s definitely first class.

ENERGYbits® are easy to take and since they are packaged so elegantly, they make your gift giving a breeze. At just one calorie per tab, they also make a perfect low calorie, high-energy snack for anyone on the go, not just athletes. When swallowed (or chewed) by the handful, ENERGYbits® are instantly absorbed so they satisfy hunger, stop fatigue and provide a steady supply of energy for hours, all for just a few calories.  With more protein than steak, more beta carotene than carrots, more iron than spinach, more chlorophyll than wheatgrass and 40 vitamins, it’s no wonder ENERGYbits® are considered more than a super food but a “perfect food.”

As Catharine Arnston , Founder and CEO of Bits of Health explains, “algae’s nutritional pedigree is so impressive that The World Bank, The United Nations, NASA and Olympic athletes have declared it “the most nutritious food in the entire world.” With this kind of endorsement, you have to ask yourself, who wouldn’t want a bag of ENERGYbits® this year?”

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That should be answer enough? If not I can tell you that since I’ve been starting to use these green bits I’ve noticed a big difference not just in my energy levels but in endurance and performance in general. I take 30-40 of the bits with water about 15-20 minutes before I hit the road for my runs and I no longer have to deal with a “down” around the 2-3rd kilometre of the run. I cruise on by and feel strong in both body and mind for a longer period of time. Because of the bits being full of minerals and vitamins too I’ve stopped taking my normal muli vitamin pill and have stopped franticly looking for an electrolyte product that will work with my stomach. The bits are giving me electrolytes on top of that nice extra energy (without a “crash”)! AND, me being one of those with a sensitive stomach I’m happy to say that they aren’t messing with my poor little belly AT ALL!

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Great stuff! And as you can tell when visiting their website, there are two other kinds of bits too. RECOVERYbits, which consists of 100% chlorella algae, SKINNYbits which consists of 100% spirulina algae, and VITALITYbits which consists of 50% spirulina and 50% chlorella algae.

So if you feel like trying the bits out or give them to someone who are worth a great start of the new year – head on over to ENERGYbits, choose your bag of bits and use the promotion code EVELINRUNS to get 15% off your order. I’d say go ahead, take the leap and give the wonderful green little bits a go!

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BondiBand Review And Giveaway

BondiBand were nice enough to send me 3 of their headbands – one for me to try out and two for me to give away to my readers here on the blog.

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I got these three designs and decided that the brown one with the text “DON’T BE MEAN” gets to stay with me. I’m hoping it will keep the dogs in my neighborhood away from me (or at least stay nice and calm and don’t freak me out) on my runs. BondiBands website is full of fun designs and colors, head over there and see if you can find your favorite. (I’m sure you’ll find something that makes you smile)

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The headband is made out of a very soft, moisture wicking and comfortable material and it feels great on my head while out running. I have a pretty small head but this headband stays in place and the fact that it’s wide keeps my hair from falling down into my face. This is especially nice because I have bangs and it usually keeps falling out of hair pins bugging me. I haven’t been using headbands a lot because of my small head and that I really dislike when headbands are moving around, but this actually worked really good for me.

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Do you want your own BondiBand to take with you on your runs or to the gym? Well, I’m happy to say that two of you will be getting a free headband! All you have to do is click the Rafflecopter link below and enter the giveaway.

2 BondiBands – a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is open to US residents only and will end at 12.00AM December 21st. I will randomly pick out the winners and post them here on the blog (and/or contact the winners by email/twitter) during Saturday Dec 22nd. I ask the winners to get back to me within 48 hours, or else I will pick other winners.

The giveaway is now closed. I will be back with the 2 winners during Saturday December 22nd. 

Disclaimer: The product was given to me for free and I haven’t been compensated in any other way by the company. The review is straight up telling you my opinion on the product and it has not been controlled or affected by the company mentioned in any way.


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November Goals – Summary Week 1 1/2

I set some goals for the month of November and here comes a summary of how I’ve been doing so far.

1. #plankAday

Still going strong on my planks. It’s so easy to get them into the daily schedule and even if it has to wait until just before bedtime some days I get it done. Being at my friends house and having two dogs around sometimes makes it hard to perform (the dogs tend to be both on top of me and under me at the same time), but I choose see it as an extra challenge!

2. Limit my intake of carbs

I’ve been doing pretty good with this, but I have to say that with the running it’s not really a biggie if I eat a little bit extra, I feel like I sometimes need the extra fuel it gives. But yeah, struggling with my sensitive stomach too and noticing days with less carbs are easier on my body.

3. Drink more water

I keep reminding myself to drink more but I make myself disappointed most days. Need to step it up and also need to find some electrolyte tabs that wont give my belly a hard time. Tried Nuun Active Hydration but that just didn’t work. If anyone out there has any suggestions for me – bring them on! And thinking of it, I will have a big zip of water RIGHT NOW. Cheers!

4. Run 4 times/week and add up to at least 20K per week

This last week I was waking up to Sunday with only 15K done and a terrible headache plus a shitty mood. I just couldn’t get myself to go out running in the morning, but as the day went by I realized that probably my only solution to the cranky mood and the headache would be to just get out and do an easy 5K run. So I went out, and as I ran I kept feeling better and better and I ended up doing a wonderful 11,6K in pouring rain and it left me feeling like a brand new person! The total of the first 11 days of november came up 37,5K.

5. Stretch!

Oh yes, I’ve been stretching plus doing yoga (also having the dogs all over me doing my yoga, but it just makes me smile even if it might be a little bit harder to hold the poses). I do miss having my foam roll around though, I feel I can’t really get my muscles as happy without it. Keeping up with stretching and doing yoga, for sure.

6. Take more photos

Well, some days I’ve been taking more than others. And I have to say that staying here in Seattle I don’t really stay super busy and don’t really see too much exciting except for during my runs when I tend to enjoy everything around me a lot more. Have been doing the “My run in pictures” blogposts (see here, here and here) and even if I might not get the greatest shots while running (am too focused to be able to stop and pull the phone out most of the times) it makes me happy being able to go back and see my runs.

 

 

Q: Do you have any goals for the month of November? How’s the month treating you so far? Are you still enjoying beautiful fall or has it turned into winter? Or maybe summer?

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