Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My most recent run

Before my chafe put an end to running, this is what I saw last Saturday:

Lovely Långängen. There'a a cafe in the main red building.

A pair of friends enjoying the nice weather.

The competition. As I ran past him, he said "NO! This can't be happening! YOU, running past ME!!!". It happened. He wasn't fast. Shouldn't be so surprised.

This part of the run is not very pretty but I like it. It's weird and feels like a bridge.

They have lots of horses here. Horses that seem to have a pretty decent life.

There was a wedding at the local church. They didn't see the running paparazzo.I was too fast!
Done. 10 km. Such a beautiful day, such a great run. Can't wait to go running again.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Kates already in the lead!

Karin jumps in and saves the day for you, Kates. Maybe you have a chance this time. .

New challenge! Julias vs Kates

This one is open so just dive in. If you're a reader and runner.

That was fast

Ok, so Julias, great! Kates, you have your second chance now
Mail me to participate (


Ok so I can't run. But I can still write. And I have advice for you, bring a Knowles sister on your next run! I went running with Solange on Saturday and had the best time. SO great. I love love love it. 
Can't wait til my foot's good again.


The Julias are so strong and fast. So hot, smart and funny. Interesting and articulate. The Kates didn't have a chance this time. So I'm giving them a 2nd chance. Kates vs Julias again! starting as soon as we old ladies beat you PYT's. You don't have a chance, suckahs!

And I'm out

I've given birth 3 times. It's been fine. I have what's called a high threshold when it comes to pain. SO this blisteer/chafe thing, I didn't care so much. I put a bandaid on and let it be. Then I couldn't wear a shoe. Then I started to limp. Then I went to see a foot person. 

She was disgusted. She kept saying "it's infected and the infection is SO DEEP. It's so deep. I's been a long time since I saw such a deep sore." She cleaned it, made me buy really ugly sandals and told me to go see a doctor. 

When I asked if I really had to buy the sandals she added that if I didn't treat the infection right, it might spread to the bone. Jimmy Choo never had to use those kinds of arguments to get customers. But I tell you, Jimmy (or Tammy, if you know what I'm talking about since Jimmy is really not all that involved anymore), it works. 

It sucks. And I don't know if I'll be able to run for a few weeks. perhaps only on treadmill. if at all. 

first injury - check.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


have such a chafe/blister whatever you call this viscious thing I have on my foot. can't even wear a shoe. Walked around town with just one shoe on today. All you Julias will have to bring this home without me. 

I already miss running.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Tiger Woods has moved into my iPod and gives me props after each workout. He's into calorie counting. I'm surprised and grateful that he's got time for this, being a new dad and all. 

Friday, April 24, 2009

Surprising fact:

The Kates outnumber the Julias! They just don't run. Yet. 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kates? where you at?

New challenge! Julias vs Kates

The 35+ crowd race against the ones who have not yet turned 35. It's like Julia Roberts running against Kate Winslet. Mail me at if you'd like to participate.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The new style challenge

How do you like it? Not so much? World competitors, where are you?
Perhaps we should do a MILF vs WAIF contest? Women 35+ vs women 35-?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

What Zoe sees

Zoe runs with us in Melbourne. 
She writes:

hope you're well! Its my birthday today and I was given a beautiful new camera- so I took it on my run and snapped some pics of where I run... its along the Yarra River towards the city (Melbourne). Today was a lovely sunny day, its a glorious view on days like this, but I hate running in the sun so I usually go a lot earlier or a lot later in the day, when its not so bright and hot. But its great running along the river with the city just over there. Its a really popular trail with lots of runners, walkers and cyclists, specially before and after work in peak hour. I usually get overtaken by some very fit elderly man which spurs me on to chase him- if he can run that far so can I, dammit!

Thanks for all the challenges- its really making a huge difference to my running motivation.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Meet the winners -Ciléne

Like we all knew she would, Ciléne grabbed victory by the balls and left the rest of us far, far behind. 

I know Ciléne from various mailing groups, where she was always frank, funny and clever. I tried to get her running with us but she had the WORST luck with the Nike+ equipment. I think she tried 8 sets before it finally worked!

Ciléne lives in a magic apartment in Stockholm with her tall son Cuno and her mini-me daughter Chloé. 

This is what Ciléne has to say.

How did you get involved in the runwithe challenges?

Well, I first encountered Emi on the mailinglist “Morsorna”, back when she had only one child. Then I followed her “Letters to Marc Jacobs” and then Letters from the end consumer” and thus runwithe as well. She was so enthusiastic about this Nike+ thing that I bought it. And then had months of hell before it actually worked!

Have you always been a runner? If not, how did you get started?

Hahaha, hell no. I’ve always thought running was nerdy and boring and felt sorry for the poor bastards I saw running. Now I’m hooked but I still don’t think of myself as a runner. It took me years to get into it. I liked the idea of it being so efficient and possible everywhere but sort of always felt it was boring and hard. I think I got really into it last December when I was in Miami and ran every day on the beach.


Why do you run?

I like the way it makes me feel strong and quick and energetic and I need to be those things to handle everything that is going on in my life. I also like the solitude of it, to just run and let my thoughts wander.

How often, at what time and how far do you run?

It really depends on my schedule with work, kids, travel but I try to do it 3 times a week, sometimes more, sometimes less and at any time of the day really, although I prefer mornings. I used to run around 5-6k but these past days I’ve done 7-10k and would like to continue doing so.


Haruki Murakami writes about how his body slowly transformed into a runner’s body. Have you noticed any such body changes?

Not really but then I have not made his decision of living only in a very healthy way... One of the upsides of running is to be able to get away with other things I like – like good food, great wine. And desserts, But I have become leaner since running regularly.

What kind of shoes do you run in?

Nike something, not sure what.


Any equipment you long for?

Yes, appropriate clothing. I do laundry way too often.


What music do you run to?

I can’t seem to find the time to do the ultimate running playlist and I’m not as in the know as I’d like to be so it’s mostly old stuff – Grace Jones, Fine Young Cannibals, Everything but the girl, James Brown, music from when I used to party a lot. And BWO is great for running quickly. 

How do you beat the "I don't want to go running" moods?

Either I just do it anyway or I don’t. No method there.



What Aymeric sees

French stunner Aymeric lives in Italy, writes in English and runs in Morocco.
This what he sees. He writes:

This is a picture of the Aguedal Royal Gardens in Marrakech: on Easter day, I joined my friend Elena (and her own Nike+ equipment), and we ran 8.5 km in a little over an hour among the palm trees and gigantic boungainvillea. The number of local people cheering us along the way must only be equalled during the New York marathon.

It's the first time in my life I ran other than on a treadmill or for catching a train/bus. The amazing scenery made it very easy and motivating to run.

And even though 5 days after, my knees still hurt, I'm so proud of myself I consider getting a commemorative tattoo.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

2-time winner: Heidi

Now that you've been running for a while, are you getting more interested in participating in races?

Not at all. I like running my route, on my own, and have no interest
in running a proper race. Also, those races seem to start at ungodly
early hours in the morning.

 A marathon, how does that sound?

Wayne (bf) did a marathon last year, it was hardcore. Not just the
race itself, but the training leading up to it. Not for me.

I'm currently trying to learn how to run without music. Any suggestions here?

I stopped running with music a few months ago (for the most part). I
like running to podcasts now - interviews, news, etc. The time really

2-time winner: Josefina

We have two 2-time winners here at runwithe - Joesfina and Heidi. 

Now that you've been running for a while, are you getting more interested in participating in races?

Yes i'm VERY interested in participating in a run. I think I will
start with a 10K and probably not tell anyone. I did a 10K run a few
years back and it wasn't a good experience. I need to get use to run
with a lot of people around me and don't get depressed when other are
passing me (and are better then me).

A marathon, how does that sound?
That is my goal. The Stockholm marathon is in the end of may and I'm
not ready yet, one day I will.

I'm currently trying to learn how to run without music. Any suggestions here?
Why would you want to run without music? Is that a goal I should have?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Jag tror du vinner den här gången!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Meet the runners - Moa

Moa had a blog in Sweden's leading newspaper covering her month of extremely healthy (some would say joyless) diet and lots of exercise. Now, she has a new blog where she writes about trying to stay in shape.

I've urged her to come run with us and now she is. Without the iPod, but with determination. She's about to turn 40 and wants to reach her goal weight of 65 kgs (143 lbs.). She also wants what most women want: She wants to look great in a bikini.

She's not just running with us though, she's also working out with NMT - Nordic Military Training.

I'm positive Moa will reach her goal. And hope she will keep running with us. Cheer her on!

Waiting for Josefina and Heidi to respond

I wanted to post some advice from two time winners Heidi and Josefina here, but so far have not received any replies. They are probably too busy running.

Meanwhile, I will start a new feature: meet the runners.