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!


blog love

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?!


sunrise on the deck

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?


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)”

Injinji and I

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.


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.


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!


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. 


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.


– 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.


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?


Is There A Normal When It Comes To Running?

The other day someone ended up on my blog after searching “the normal time it takes to run a 3.1” and it got me thinking. What I have learned and keep reminding myself of is that there is no “normal” when it comes to running.

First of all – runners are not normal. We are a bunch of crazy people!

There is no “normal” speed. You run your own training run/race at the pace that is yours.

There are no magic shoes. You might have tried a super popular shoe just to realize that it doesn’t work for you? I know I did, with the Saucony Kinvara’s.

There are no fuel alternatives that works for everybody. What makes me feel amazing might taste awful to you.

There are watches that fit one wrist, but doesn’t work at all for others.

There are surfaces that fit me perfect, but hurts another runner’s knees.

There are clothes that are comfortable and make one runner feel awesome, while a completely different style/material works wonders for another runner.

We are all running, doing our thing. What is fast for me might be slow for you, or the other way around.  There are long runs and short runs and there’s really no “normal” when it comes to that either. Right now my “long run” is 5mi, while others run 30mi when they head out for their long run.

What works for me, works for me. What works for you, works for you.

my normal

My advice:

Forget the “normal”. We are all some kind of crazy in this world, let’s not compare ourselves to others, but instead get inspired and motivated by each other!


Running Pop Quiz

I found this little Running Quiz over at Emily’s blog Running for Boston, Emily in her turn found it at Hungryrunnergirl.com. I thought I would do this too, while waiting for the camera to load some photos onto the computer and my friends+husband to get back from the grocery store (and yes, I might be a bit bored).

Before going out to get my 10k PR in December.

Before going out to get my 10k PR in December 2012.

1.  On average how many races do you run a year?

I only started running and racing 2012, but I managed to get 4 races in from mid August to December last year. During this year no races so far, which is a total bummer, but what to do?! I’m hoping to get 5-7 races in before the year ends. Wish me luck!


run for boston

Cheap sunglasses, hairpins and hair tie.

2.  Head accessories, things you have to run with:  a hat, a visor, sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, head band, ponytail, braids, sweat band?

Always always a hair tie, can’t have my hair blowing around my face. Most of the times some hairpins to keep the bangs from flying around on my forehead. And always sunglasses. I wish I could honestly write sunscreen too, but that’s just not true. I am way to bad at remembering to use sunscreen (yes please, hit me, it’s so freaking stupid!)


3.  Where do your workouts come from?  A training plan, a coach, whatever you feel like doing that day or what your training partner is doing that day?

As mentioned recently I have a running coach helping me out with my training since a few months. I love getting the personal training plans and always look forward to see what’s up next! Btw, get in contact with my coach to get to try his coaching service and get your free consultation now.


4.  How many miles on average do you put on a pair of shoes?  

I put about 250mi on my old Asics, but have switched to SKORA now. Some SKORA runners have used their shoes >1000mi without problems, trust me when I write I’m very curious to see how far I can make it?!


5.  Cell phone: do you bring it with you on your run or leave it at home?

I rarely bring my phone with me out running nowadays. There’s little to none cell service here in the area and the phone usually gives me more problems than it has the potential of helping me. I do however carry an iPod shuffle with music sometimes. And of course, the Garmin watch.


6.  What was your last running related injury or have you been an injury free runner?

I started the year with what I believe was a stress fracture in 4th metatarsal. Since coming back from that injury I’ve had some problems with PF, but not so much it will keep me from running. Icing, massage and KTTape helps a lot!



7.  Is your current running goal about running a farther distance (adding more mileage) or getting faster or BOTH?!?

First of all my goal is to get back to where I was before my injury. Then.. Yes, I aim att getting both faster and being able to run farther. Look forward to the challenge!


8.  Speed work – at the track, on the treadmill, on the roads or never do it?

I’ve never tried running on a treadmill. It’s just me and the roads, for whatever kind of run. So speed work, definitely happens on the paved road!



9.  Stretching after a run:  hit the ground after a run and get stretching, stretch in the shower, stretch once you get to work/school, skip the stretching?

I stretch and foam roll after every run. On a yoga mat on top of the big Turkish(?) rug in the living room. Sometimes even days when I’m not running, after a little walk or similar. Love/hate my foam roller and firmly believe that it’s making my running better. At least my body seems to like it!



10.  What was your reason(s) for starting to run?

My dad has been running for a bunch of years and I’ve been cheering him on while he’s been running Stockholm Marathon, being that proud daughter who always cries (of course trying to hide it) when he finish his race. I finally started running after seeing my dad getting ready for his training runs before the Jubilee Stockholm Marathon last summer. I was awake, sitting at the kitchen table reading or playing a game on my phone as he was heading out. 2-3 hours later when he came back after his run I was still sitting at the kitchen table, probably having my third cup of coffee.. After a few weeks of this happening I just got an impulse, put my old sneakers on and got a few tips from my dad before I got out and “ran”. Since that day I was hooked and I am so thankful for that inspiration and motivation my dad gave me during last spring, and he keeps on giving me daily.



Thanks HungryRunngerGirl for a fun Running Pop Quiz! Do you want to join in the fun? Below you’ll find the questions, easy to copy and paste into your blog. Answer away! I look forward to reading your answers!

1.  On average how many races do you run a year?

2.  Head accessories, things you have to run with:  a hat, a visor, sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, head band, ponytail, braids, sweat band?

3.  Where do your workouts come from?  A training plan, a coach, whatever you feel like doing that day or what your training partner is doing that day?

4.  How many miles on average do you put on a pair of shoes?

5.  Cell phone: do you bring it with you on your run or leave it at home?

6.  What was your last running related injury or have you been an injury free runner?

7.  Is your current running goal about running a farther distance (adding more mileage) or getting faster or BOTH?!?

8.  Speed work – at the track, on the treadmill, on the roads or never do it?

9.  Stretching after a run:  hit the ground after a run and get stretching, stretch in the shower, stretch once you get to work/school, skip the stretching?

10.  What was your reason(s) for starting to run?


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?

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Running Day

Happy Running!

Happy Running!

Yesterday was National Running Day, which I’m certain no runner in this country could’ve missed? There were lots going on and us runner must love that. An extra excuse to run? Yes please! I did a lot of thinking yesterday (spent most of the day in a car driving to Kona and back) and there’s  so much I have to say about running. But for now I’ll keep it short.

I run..


to be a better me

to be free

to be happy

to stay focused

to stay sane

to challenge myself

for myself and my loved ones

to be healthy

because it makes me feel like I am flying

to get a break

because it is fun

because I am a runner

because I LOVE it!

I think that list could go on and on and on. That’s how big my passion is! Running entering my life made me start to really love my life and, more importantly, myself. The way running have made me see and appreciate my strengths I’m forever grateful for. I am lucky I can run and I will forever remember this and keep going. Keep loving every second of it.

This is what freedom, happiness and joy looks like.

This is what freedom, happiness and joy looks like.

I ran on National Running Day. Not just because it said so on my training plan, and really not just because it was National Running Day, but because I love it. I went out there yesterday morning, June 5th, and ran relaxed, easy and with a big smile on my face. I celebrated running, just like I do every time I head out there. Every time I lace up my shoes, with butterflies in my belly, getting ready for my run I feel free and happy. That is worth celebrating every single day and that’s what I will keep on doing.

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