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:










Beautiful rolling hills on the Saddle Road.


Sunset over Mauna Loa





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!


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





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?!)


My Wish List – June 2013

When I started running a little over a year ago I was stupid enough to believe that the only thing I really needed to be able to run was a pair of decent shoes. It didn’t take me too long to realize how wrong I was.. As months go by my wish list grows longer and longer, and while most of it might be more so wants than  needs, there’s nothing stopping me from actually feeling like I do need all those things on that wish list.

At the moment, these are the top items on that wish list:



A shit ton of it! I received a Sample Pack of these bars to review (coming up on the blog very soon!) and let me tell ya.. They are the BOMB when it comes to bars. I do love me some healthy bars to have around for that post run snack or as an in-between meals solution and these ones.. Could get in my belly all. The. Time!


Vielet Tara Merino Bra Tank Top

I LOVE natural fabrics and merino is such a wonderful one. Even though I live in Hawaii and deal with mostly hot and humid weather I use merino a lot for running and working out. Merino keeps me comfortable for a long while, won’t cause any chafing for me and it doesn’t get all nasty smelly like some workout clothes get after use. I love the design of this top and know that I’d wear it not just for running but also for everyday wear – got to love that quality when it comes to running gear right?!


Oiselle Roga Short

There’s no limit to just how much I love the few pieces of Oiselle apparel I have. Oiselle do a great job, creating clothes by women for women. These shorts are some of the best And I need all of the different colors


Injinji socks

I’ve got two pair of Injinji socks which I love, but am craving some more of them in different color and maybe even the compression kind? Definitely on the lookout for a good deal on these. Might have to wait for my birthday. Bummer!


Oiselle Stride Short

Ok ok, I know. I already put another pair of Oiselle shorts on the list, but I CAN NOT stay away from them. I need more of this. Haven’t tried the Stride Shorts out, but am more than willing to take them out on some runs in the future. Need to.


Handheld Water Bottle

I have a 72oz (?!) CamelBak and have been using it for lunger runs (15-17k) before the injury, but now when I’m back to running shorter distances it’s just too much of a hassle and it carries WAY too much water for me to bring it with me. I’m giving in to the thought of having a handheld bottle. I’m on the lookout for one (preferably cheap, with free shipping to Hawaii) to bring along on my runs. The one on the photo is from Amphipod and you can find it right here.

I could keep going for a while, but I think I’d bore you all with all my cravings.

Q: Do you keep a list going with things you need/want? What number one on your list right now?


My Run in Pictures – June 3rd 2013


Ready to go!


This tiny avocado almost hit my head falling down from the tree. They seem to be everywhere on the roads right now.



The top of “my” hill.




Out of breath and sweaty, but still a little smile on my face. No time for better phots than this when out running!


That same street seen in my Run in Pictures post the other day, just from the other direction.


No, I’m not going to stop.


At the end of the street there, that’s where my home is.


My Run In (a Few) Pictures – June 2nd 2013

I haven’t done this in a while now, maybe I need to get back into doing it because I sure enjoy seeing others running routes – maybe someone enjoys getting a glimpse of mine? Here goes.


Warmup done.

Warmup done.



Oops, I forgot to take more photos this time!


Running in heat, with PF without having a shower post run? Uhm, yes!

While my running have progressed a bit lately there’s a few things bothering me:

1. Life

We’ve had a lot of problems with the house we’re renting lately. The water pump caused a flooded basement and after that it can’t be trusted. So this means.. No water in the house. No water to do dishes, no water for flushing the toilet, no water to SHOWER. This is obviously my biggest problem, mostly because I’m a runner. And when I’m running I sweat. And by sweat I mean SWEAT. A lot. So running and not having a shower afterwards is not really an option, especially not since I have really sensitive skin and no shower and a lot of sweat gives me rashes. So yeah, life isn’t cooperating fully with my running lately. And honestly, I hate it. I wake up every morning wanting to move back home. Wait, what?! Leave “paradise” for a tiny apartment in Sweden?! I must be nuts!

photoThere is one solution (kind of) to the problem, I figured it out today: start and finish my run at the warm pond. My “pool” you know? I jumped into the water post run and even got myself a fresh cold shower before heading back home. Hurray!


2. My right foot

I have been training smart after I got back from the injury. But I made one huge mistake, I continued to run in my old Asics far too long. I noticed already before I got injured in January that my shoes were getting close to retirement. Small twitches in knees and so on had me thinking that it was time for a new pair of shoes. And then, enter injury and I completely forgot about this until the day I slowly started running again. I spent countless hours trying shoes on at Sports Authority and similar shops in Hilo (no specific running store to be found on this part of the island) and I just couldn’t find a shoe to buy. I knew I wanted to transition into a lower heel-to-toe drop shoe, a more minimal shoe, but I was stuck on the thought of finding one with 4-6mm drop and that turned out to be a hard nut to crack. I tried the Saucony Kinvara 3, the Brooks PureFlow, the Nike Free.. But no, none of them were right.

Finally, my answer turned out to be SKORA. Zero drop. Real running. I’ve transitioned into them pretty slowly but this means I’ve been spending way more time in those old Asics than I should’ve, which leads to the “my right foot” issue – I have Plantar Fasciitis symptoms and have had so for quite a while now. Yay, another injury?! No, not really. It’s really not that bad, but enough to make my running hurt every once in a while. I’ve still been running pretty much as normal, slowly adding miles per week and month but I can assure you I’ve spent a lot of time massaging, stretching icing, rolling and applying icy hot cream on that poor foot. I feel like I might have it under control and still feel hopeful I’ll be able to continue my training and progress as planned.


3. Heat

I know, I shouldn’t be complaining about living in Hawaii. I really do love it! But darn, sometimes that heat and humidity really gets to me. I try to run in early AM (this doesn’t work out great right now because of the above mentioned right foot being extra grumpy in the AM) or just before sunset, but I still struggle. I hydrate well, I really do. And I think the best solution for this problem might actually be to surrender and give in to the need for a hat/visor? Or maybe you have any other solutions for me? Something I’m missing when it comes to running in heat?

Anyways, this thing with getting a hat/visor.. Don’t tell me this is no big deal, because it is. I spent hours in Seattle going from store to store to try to find a hat that would fit my tiny female skull. It didn’t work, I really didn’t find a single hat that wasn’t too loose!


photoBut other than this, life is good. Really, I’m all good, staying positive. Smiling a lot and enjoying lots of cat cuddles and a swim in the ocean every once in a while.

Q: Do you live somewhere where it gets hot, like too hot? How do you manage to cope with the heat while running? Any special tricks? 


Last Week of March

As you all know I’m taking it really slow with the running right now and I actually decided to give myself some time “off” last week. Tuesday, while our guests (visiting from Alaska) were slowly waking up, I headed out to do the Virtual Jelly Bean 5k and after that the rest of the week contained of hosting and taking our guests out to see the area we live in. We visited the natural warm spring named Ahalanui, walked down to the beach down the road (trail), hiked on the lava fields around Kalapana and snorkeled in the tide pools over at Kapoho Wai’opae. So even though there wasn’t much of the running action going on I’ve at least stayed a little bit active and definitely enjoyed having our friends coming all the way from Alaska to explore our area with us.

Last Week of March in photos:

The way to "our" beach, a trail through the forest.

The way to “our” beach, a trail through the forest.

I've been eyeing them for MONTHS and finally have my own beautiful Skora's

I’ve been eyeing them for MONTHS and finally have my own beautiful Skora’s

Was far from patient when it came to using the new shoes, so I brought the Base out on a little hike and hangout by the tide pools. Of course, my favorite backpack had to come along too. Kånken by Fjällräven.

Was far from patient when it came to using the new shoes, so I brought the Base out on a little hike and hangout by the tide pools. Of course, my favorite backpack had to come along too. Kånken by Fjällräven.

Kapoho Wai'opae. Perfect easy snorkeling spot and yes.. Sunny!

Kapoho Wai’opae. Perfect easy snorkeling spot and yes.. Sunny!

Sunset on the old lava fields of Kalapana.

Sunset on the old lava fields of Kalapana.

I LOVE the different shapes of the lava. So wild and beautiful!

I LOVE the different shapes of the lava. So wild and beautiful!

Sunday we drove our visitors to Kona Airport and stopped for breakfast and a leg stretch on the way.

Sunday we drove our visitors to Kona Airport and stopped for breakfast and a leg stretch on the way.

As you can see, not much focus on running but our guests sure were entertained and so were we. This island is gorgeous and well worth a visit. Come on over and play with me, ok?! We’ll run some too. I promise!

Q: Have you been to Hawaii? Maybe even the Big Island? If so, what were your favorite spots?


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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