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?


A Valentine’s Day Letter to Myself

Dear Evelin,

It’s February 14th 2013 and you’re on my mind. The last three years have been a journey from a good place to an even better one. You have done so much, learned so much.

Three years ago today you were getting ready to go on your second “big trip” alone. You had to convince yourself (not too much) and your family that a trip to Israel on your own would be a good way to spend the last weeks of the Swedish winter. You tried your best to pack smart things, getting ready for whatever might come your way in that small country with so many great places to see. And you eventually got packed and headed out on your journey. The first impression you got scared the shit out of you. Being questioned “Why are you coming to Israel?) not one time but THREE before even getting out to the baggage claim at the airport in Tel Aviv was hard. You thought you were just a sweet little Norwegian/Swedish girl that would be more than welcome to the country?! Even if you were, the reality in that country you’d chosen to go to was different. And you felt it. You were scared and uneasy because you really didn’t know how to react when someone actually questioned you.

But you handled it and you got out of the airport and took the bus out of Tel Aviv and out to the desert of Negev. You beat the heat, you rode a four wheeler, you hiked around and you smiled. You didn’t even scream your heart out when you saw a scorpion. You learned about a different climate and culture and you finally, after being intimidated for weeks, embraced it. You learned that you’re allowed to be LOUD, you’re allowed to be SEEN and heard. And you grew. You grew stronger, FELT more (feelings suddenly became real and grounded in the YOU that you were) and took on whatever came your way.

You left the desert for other adventures. You spent time in Jerusalem, in a tiny little town where you’d get to be a part of a jewish family during holidays, you hiked alone from Nazareth to The Galilee and you wandered the streets of Tel Aviv. Spent time in a bar, reading a book all by yourself. Alone but not lonely. You enjoyed the city without getting drunk, without getting swept off your feet by the charming dudes that wanted a piece of that blondness of yours.

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You went to the West Bank and had tea with the locals in the middle of nowhere and you ate a lot of wonderful food. This was the trip where you found out more things about yourself, and when you accepted who you were and what you were capable of. You had an open heart and mind and dared to love yourself in that way we should all learn to love ourselves.

And after those planned six weeks in Israel (that turned into 11 weeks) you had grown to be a different and more colorful and unafraid you. You got back to Sweden and wondered “What’s next?!”. You set up goals and you worked hard. And then you took off again. You left Sweden in company of your backpack, to relax on the beaches of Thailand. And you did! And this also turned out to be the journey that took you all the way from Sweden, to Thailand, to the US and finally to a life in the state of Hawaii.  Because  on one of those Thailand beaches you happened to meet the LOVE. And love turned out to hit you in the shape of an American man.

Together since then. You’ve been teaming up with a man that not only love and supports you but also challenges you. He’s the one to bring out your strengths when you forget you have them. He’s the one who believes in your greatness when you run away from the fact that you are pretty darn amazing.


Dear Evelin, if you ever doubt who you are and what you’re worth. Look back at this. Remember that feeling you had in Israel – that feeling of being a strong woman! A woman who have faced the fears and difficulties of life and survived. A woman who isn’t afraid of traveling alone, who will get through even the toughest of challenges. And never forget to love yourself like you’ve learned to do. Never forget that you are worth it all – all the greatness that may come you way, even if you have to fight hard to get it!

And never forget that the man by your side is in love with you. The one you truly are. He knows your flaws and he lives with them. He helps you face them when it’s necessary and it’s not because he’s a bad man. No, it’s because he wants you to be able to be truly HAPPY. To be happy with yourself and all the things you are, and happy with him for who he is. And you two share a great story and a great life, which will only get better. The journey for you have only just begun!


Dear Evelin,

I’m so happy I’ve been getting the chance to get to know you better. That you didn’t give up life earlier like you wanted to. You are worth to live, love and be loved. Do not forget this.

I love you.


10 Things I Love About Running

I’ve been running since May 2012. I’ve been calling myself a runner since August 2012. I’ve been running 4 races and have been getting faster and being able to run longer. I talk about running at least 5 times a day (poor husband/family/friends). I have a blog and a twitter account where I write mostly about running. Obviously I LOVE running!

But here’s the things that made me fall in love with running (and continue to love it more and more):

1. Running makes me (feel) awesome.

2. Running has made me find that confidence I was lacking, both soul and body wise. When I run I feel GREAT with just myself and my emotions. It’s the me-time I’ve been missing and having a hard time to love.

3. Running makes me smile. I put my shoes on in the morning and I smile. Until the day ends and I go to bed.

4. Running is the reason I’ve started to dress in other colors than black. Now of course, if you don’t know me you can’t understand what a BIG DEAL this is..

5. Running has made me understand and feel very impressed of my dad who is running Marathons yearly. It has also brought us closer to each other, even though the distance from Hawaii to northern Sweden is pretty far.

6. Running has made me get curious and less afraid of trying out new exercises and foods.

7. Running is the reason I’m healthier now (in body and mind), at the age of 30, than I’ve been for a looong while.

8. Running makes me LOVE my determination. I’m realizing I have so much more POWER in body/mind then I’ve ever given myself credit for.

9. With running comes a lot of FUN. The online community where motivation/inspiration/advice is always just one tweet/blog comment away, the races and the pre-race jitters, the fun gear, the.. list is long of fun things that running brought into my life!

10. Running is LIFE. Life is LOVE. Love is RUNNING.

I’m so happy I laced my old hiking sneakers (yeah, I know.. But that was what I had when staying at my parents house post Asia trip-pre US trip) on that day in May 2012. Thanks to Dad I got out and just did it. I couldn’t go far, but I got back to the house and I smiled. And so I continued. Smiling and running and loving myself and my strengths (which are getting more and more obvious both mentally and physically).. And I’ll keep on running as long as my body lets me (hopefully a long, long time).


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!


Well, hello there December!

I can’t say that I’ve been longing for you, but now when you’re here I definitely see the greatness of you.

I’ve been away from my family and friends back home since May. I miss them like crazy, but for a few reasons I can’t leave the country (USA, that is) right now so it’s going to be another couple of months, at least, until I get to go home and visit my loved ones. December means almost a new year and a little bit closer to see my darlings!

December means Christmas. I’d love to be with my husband and my family for Christmas (preferably in a snowy Norway) but to be honest, the tropical Christmas is all my hubby and I have ever done and this year we get to do it in OUR HOME, not traveling around in Asia or wherever (don’t get me wrong, I LOVE traveling but lately I’ve just been wanting a home with my baby and since July we actually have one. Renting, but still a home). We’re excited about having a Christmas tree, make our own ornaments and make our own food. A mix between Swedish/Norwegian and American food. It’ll be great!

December also means I’m registering for a Half Marathon (haven’t really decided which one, or even where I’m going to run yet) and start with a training plan. Thinking about this gives me butterflies in my stomach, in a good way, and I can’t wait to work hard to achieve this goal (and dream) of mine.

I havent been crazy about Christmas all my life but my excitement is coming back, slowly and more and more for each year. From now on I have my wonderful husband to create own traditions with and celebrate with too, and he’s freaking good at it. I am lucky!


I’m Back!

Dec 1stSeems like November turned out to be a shitty month for me with my running and the other goals. I just haven’t been feeling that great. Struggling with allergies and the weather here in Seattle is really getting to me after being here more than five weeks. I’m constantly freezing and sleeping bad which makes me want to spend all days in bed. So much for being all healthy and active huh?!

Well, I guess this is a part of life too. There’s just going to be times when nothing really works, where you have to fight harder and give it your best without being to hard on yourself. Seeing the good things you get done instead of focusing on what you could’ve done, right?

Anyways, this week started out great. My husband returned from working over seas and being (far) away from me for 2 1/2 months! Great news. But it left me feeling way less motivated to run then normal and until today I had only done one run since Monday, leaving me far from my goal of running at least 20K/week. BUT, today I got out of bed feeling a spark of motivation and I kicked myself out to do a run. I decided to just start running and see how far I’d feel like going. Ended up doing a 12K run and 10K of them pushing hard, leaving me with a personal best on 10K. Even though it might not really count “for real” I felt great getting back to the house with a 10K done in 56min37sec.

So, even though I was a few K’s away from my goal of 20K this week I chose to see today as a WIN. I did freaking good!

And today’s run left me with a great feeling and a new found motivation. I will now go back to Hawaii knowing that I can do this. I am, after all, a runner.

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