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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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How to stay sane while injured?

I know I’m not the only one who love to run. I also know I’m not the only runner who gets injured. And even more so I know I’m not the only one who goes slightly insane on rest days, none the less while having to take time off running due to injury. 

 

These are my personal tips when it comes to staying sane while being forced to NOT run for days, weeks or months:

1. Stay positive

I know, it’s easier said then done. I spent my first 3 weeks of my time injured wanting to cry. As soon as I though of running or talked about running (and yes, this is most of my awake time) I felt hopeless.. “Will I ever be able to run again? And if I will, will I be able to enjoy it?”.. That’s just one of the thoughts that occupied my time. After those 3 weeks I realized that all that worrying and hopelessness wouldn’t take me closer to being back running. I decided to stay positive. Or at least try. I starts to read about other runners injuries and told myself that if they could come back to running like normal again I could too.

The positive thoughts might have started as complete bullshit, or made up affirmations, but very soon they turned into reality – I WILL be able to run again! No matter how long it would take to get to the point where I could run again (days, weeks, months?), it would be worth the wait. That day when I first get to run somewhat pain free again will be a HAPPY day!

 

2. Stretch/Strengthen

Figure out what parts of your body are still ok to use and focus on building strength and flexibility while you can’t get out running. Chances are you’re going to feel stronger and better in general when it’s time to start running again. It’s also a great way to get the sweat going (even though it might not feel as good as running sweat does?!) and feel good about yourself for staying active.

 

3. Re-focus and set new goals if necessary

If it looks like you are, like me, missing out on that race you had in mind. That goal that was set up a while ago.. Try not to focus too much on it. Focus on future races instead, maybe there’s a fall race to plan on doing instead of that spring one? It sucks having to start over with training programs and so on, but the reality is that there’s always going to be other races to be run (I know, it took me quite a while to actually feel this way)! I’ve also focused on setting up non-running related goals to take the focus from that one missed race and all those missed beloved training runs. Example: for me the Abs By April challenge brought some new energy and something to work for and really focus on.

 

4. Motivate yourself (and others)

Put that energy you normally would use for running into gaining new knowledge and motivation. It’s also a great opportunity to look around you and give support and motivation to people who might need it. It feels good being supportive of other runners, wether they are injured or not, and it will come back to you! Yes, I do believe in some kind of karma.

 

5. Eat well

What happened for me when I got injured was that just a week or so after my last run I got hungry. And by hungry i mean CRAZY hungry! I tweeted about this and got an explaining answer mentioning how running releases hormones that makes you feel less hungry, as mentioned in this article written by Greatist Laura Schwecherl: ..for individuals at a healthy weight, aerobic and anaerobic exercise may suppress appetite by altering the hormones ghrelin and peptide YY.

My 7 weeks off running gave me 6lbs extra weight. I’m not by any means overweight but it has definitely made me “softer” and I’m not too stoked about it. Not at all! So I realized that this is something to keep in mind. I started eating better and focusing hard on eating smaller servings, eat on set times and snack on good things (such as almonds, greek yoghurt or similar instead of bread and… uhm.. whatever I could find at the moment). Regular and controlled eating is the thing (for me) when I’m not able to run as usual. You might not even notice this of course, but I know I had to deal with it both physically and mentally..

It will happen again.

 

Q: Do you have other tips for staying sane while injured? What did you do to get by?


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12 Things In 2012

My 2012 has been a good one. Here’s 12 highlights of the year with personal photos taken by my husband and I throughout the year:

asia1. Traveled in Asia with my C

Because of my husband and I being from different countries we had a hard time settling down in one of the countries and decided to spend last winter “living” in Asia. I guess some people would call it traveling or backpacking but we really just decided to go a few places and really relax and to be honest, stay cheap. We did splurge some though… Through staying (in cheap bungalows) on/close to beautiful beaches and make a trip to Sumatra.. See what we did there right below(and above)!

indo2. Saw wild Orangutans!

During the Asia trip we had the chance to go on a three day hike in The Gunung Leuser National Park. During this wonderful time we saw no less than 6 wild orangutans (plus a lot of other amazing wildlife and BEAUTIFUL sights). This was an adventure of a lifetime and I’m so happy I got to do it.

sweden3. Spent time in Sweden/Norway

After the 4 month trip in Asia we went to stay with my family in Sweden for a while. It was so wonderful to get to live with them and spend some quality time with all my loved ones. We went to see my family in Norway, went skiing and just had a great time. I CAN NOT wait to March when I get to spend time in the mountain cabin again, go skiing, drinking hot chocolate and playing games with my brothers and parents. OH!

The beginning4. Started running

In May 2012 I went out on my first run since… Umm.. Yeah, my first run! Inspired by staying at my parents and seeing dad leaving to do his long runs on Sunday mornings (preparation for Stockholm Marathon) I suddenly just did it. And even though it felt like I was dying for some reason I got out again.. And again, and again. And I grew to freaking love pounding the pavement and getting time to myself, to my body, to.. live. Running have made my life so much better (not that it was bad before!) and I believe in myself and my body, feel way more confident in all fields of life. AND I love my body for letting me RUN. Love it. Yes, you can tell huh?!

usa5. Traveled to the US

After spending a few months with my family in Sweden/Norway I returned to the US in late May (after being away since October 2011). I got to see Crater Lake in Oregon, Rouge River and fall in love with the wonderful Rainer. I also got to spend most of June in Seattle, hanging out with husband and friends, running parts of Burke Gilman trail a bunch of times. And then, suddenly the decision was made. Hawaii, here we come!

hawaii6. Moved to Hawaii

In the end of June my husband and I moved to Hawaii. It was a big change for us and a very happy moment, finally getting to settle down a little bit in something that we would be able to call a “home”. Of course, at this point I didn’t have a green card and we weren’t sure I’d actually be able to stay in the country more than a few months. But anyways, we moven into a little house and started to get to know this beautiful island and a lot of nice people along the way. We’re home here now. But in my heart I always carry my other homes, my Norwegian and Swedish roots and my lovely family over there. Miss them so much, and actually can’t wait for the new year to start so that I get to see them soon. Soon, soon!

yay7. Turned 30!

That’s right. I actually turned 30 during 2012. It’s unbelievable how fast time is flying by and I can honestly say that it doesn’t bother me at all being above the golden 30. I’m excited about the future and I’m happy with myself. More so than I’ve ever been before in my adult life. I say bring it on 30’s, let’s do this!

wedding8. Got married

Yes. On the lava cliffs, with the ocean crashing in. Couldn’t be happier to be sharing my life with this man.

race9. Ran my first race

Aug 18th I ran my first race! It was a wonderful day and I still get butterflies in my belly thinking about it. Race jitter nearly stopped my from running the race, but during the race I felt amazing and I had so much FUN. Couldn’t believe I actually finished and did better that I’d ever thought I could in that first race. You can read more about my Rainforest Run 10k here.

honolulu10. Got my green card

In December I took my husband and went to Honolulu to go through the last process of my immigration journey. And everything went well, so for Christmas I got my actual GREEN CARD in the mail. It looks great, it feels great and now I can’t wait to move on with life in the US with my man. Big, important happening during 2012!

Christmas Tree11. Spent Christmas with my husband and our cat – in a HOME

After spending the last two Christmases “on the road” (traveling in Thailand) and not really getting a feel for the Christmas it felt so good to finally being able to decorate and have Christmas dinner and just be… Home, together for Christmas!

prfinish 112. PR’d

To be honest, starting running in May I didn’t even think I’d be able to finish a 5k training run. And here I am a while later thinking that maybe, maybe I could actually work my way down to a 5k in 25 minutes in the near future. How crazy is that?!

Well, the two last races of the year, Dec 22nd and 30th, ended up being good ones for me. Ok, all races I’ve done so far have been good ones – it’s just so much fun to race (even though I get nervous like hell before)! 10k and 5k. During the first part of 2013 I don’t have time to work on PR’s in these distances because… I’m focusing on finishing my first Half. But after that… I’m going for faster shorter runs again! And I’m ready to train hard. Believe me :)

And the summary of all this:

I’m ending the year and starting the new year with belly butterflies and a feeling of hope for the future!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

to you, my dear

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friends out

there!

Thank you all for support, motivation and inspiration. You are all amazing and I’m happy to have you.

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Tell me about your 2012

As we’re going towards the end of the year I’ve been spending a lot of times thinking of what a great year this has been. A lot of good things have happened but one of the best things was that I actually started running. Since I started in May I’ve been gaining confidence, strength and better health. Running have made me a better person.

Through Meg over at Run.Fit.Kin I found this blogpost where Miss Zippy is asking six questions about running in 2012. So here you go, my answers:

 race

  • Best race experience? I’ve done three races so far. Two 10k’s and one 5k. They’ve all been great experiences and as a new runner I’ve learned so much from each and every one of them. But to be honest, even though I did very good in my last race the first one I ran is the one that’s really sticking out. The Volcano Rain Forest Runs 10k, August 18th, was a great start of my journey when it comes to races. I finished (even though I thought my nerves would stop me on the way there), I got a better finishing time that I could’ve dreamt of being the first race and I had so much fun! As I walked back to the car I called my dad back in Sweden and cried. My emotions were everywhere – I was happy, exhausted, proud, homesick and amazed by myself. Dad has been my motivation and inspiration since day one of my running journey and it felt sooo good being able to call him and tell him all about my first race!

great run

  • Best run? I had a glorious run one sunny fall day in Seattle. To change my running routes up a little bit I took the bus to the famous walking/running spot Green Lake. The air was crisp, the sun felt great and I was flying during that run. Definitely a “run happy” moment! After the run I felt so great I actually decided to run the 5k back to my friends house instead of getting on the bus as planned.

Day Before End of the World 2

  • Best new piece of gear? Since all my running gear is new this is a tough one. I’d say what I’ve been getting the most usage on is my Under Armour shorts which are my go-to bottoms for the warm climate here in Hawaii. I’ve also used the shit out of my grey top that I got on sale at Target. And of course, I can’t NOT mention the Garmin Forerunner 405cx and the Asics Gel-Neo33 that I’ve been running in since late July. Even though it might not really be considered “gear” I want to mention ENERGYbits too. I lost a lot of weight when I started running and it left me having problems fueling good enough for my workouts/runs. Since I started using these algae bits I’ve been doing great! I no longer have to worry about fueling enough, they really carry me through my runs (so far at least, I have yet to start running longer distances where fueling mid-run will be necessary. The bits will definitely come with me though, so I’m sure I’ll be fine!).

 

  • Best piece of running advice you received? Through Twitter I’ve been getting so many great tips from fellow runners. It’s amazing to have so many people out there sharing their experiences and helping me out whenever I have a question. So thank you all!  What I’ve really been thinking of, both while doing training runs and races, is to try to keep my pace down. I have a tendency to speed a little bit too much leaving me fatigued faster than necessary. During my last race I managed to really save my energy for the last stretch which saved me and helped me PR due to the hilly course (that I wasn’t prepared for).

 

  • Most inspirational runner? As mentioned earlier my dad is my main inspiration when it comes to running. Without watching him finishing x amount of marathons, cheering for him mid course on his marathons and following his preparations for his races I probably would never have started running. He’s so supportive and gives me great advice whenever I’m in need of help with my running. I just wish we will be able to do a race together soon (even though he’d be faaar ahead of me)!

 

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  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? FUN. Challenging. Inspired.

 

 

 

Q: Do you want to tell us about your 2012? Yes, do it! Grab the questions and blog away!


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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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Mustache Dache 5K November 17th 2012

So last Saturday I ran the Mustache Dache 5K in Magnuson Park, Seattle. I had a blast! The whole happening was well thought out and there was just so much fun going on it was impossible not to smile. The month of November also goes under the name Movember and it is the Mens Health Awareness Month with an emphasis on prostate cancer.  I especially felt for this cause because my dear uncle is fighting prostate cancer as I write this. I thought of him and sent him some smiles and strength which, both of them, is something I have a bunch of.

I didn’t get a ton of photos of the race as I planned to, and I managed to stay out of the thousands of photos that were taken but here’s a few at least.

The night before the race I tried my mustache on and felt like a real man. 

My friend captured at least one photo of me during the race, close to the finish. I’m the all black runner to the left. Smiling, of course.

Post-race. Posing with my pretty bib, some crazy hair and tired eyes. It’s actually kind of hard to smile with a mustache glued to your upper lip. And I also found it pretty frustrating having it on while running with sweat and runny nose making the mustache feel… Hm, awkward. I guess I’m just not that good at being manly? 

 

I finished the race in 27 minutes and 25 seconds and did my fastest 5K ever. In my second race ever. The whole thing was just awesome and if I happen to be in Seattle at this time of year 2013 I’ll definitely do it again. You should come join me!

 

 

 

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