Monday, September 28, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Meet the winners -Clara

Author, editor and foodie Clara won the most recent challenge. No wonder she did, she's been running like a maniac. She and her husband welcomed 3 kids in less than 4 years and Clara often goes running to get a little time to herself. In the past year of running, Clara has lost over 10 pounds and an close relationship with her Nike+.

Congratulations Clara!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Paging Elaine and Mademoiselle Oulla

Are you there? Mail me!

New Challenge starting Sep 21

Join by clicking the box. Which of these ladies have helped you most in your running? As you may have guessed, I'm going with team Britney.

Run for the funny men is over

Sacha took it home, or rather Carlina, my running neighbor, brought it home.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A note from Aymo

Aymo writes;
When I arrived in the US, Immigration took a special interest in me, and they started reviewing every single item of my suitcase, asking zillion of questions on everything ("What is this? A brief, I sometimes wear it under my trousers" etc...) It lasted forever, and I was growing very nervous. The guys were far from welcoming, and at some point I thought they would send me back to Europe.
Then one of them found my running shoes, and said, "Oh, you're a runner!" Oh yes, I exaggerated it a bit, and I suddenly became Usain Bolt and Emi Guner all in one. He was a runner too, of course, and that did it! If it weren't for running, I might have been sleeping in Alcatraz last night!

Meet the new runners - Deborah

Deborah runs with us in Flagstaff, Arizona. She writes:

"In the last 6 months I have gained a few pounds, feel sluggish and soft. I WANT to get back into a routine, now that school is in session and I have the days to do this. I'd like to run pain free. The weather is cooling and that's better for me (I live in Arizona, in Flagstaff at 7,000 feet... not super hot, but hot enough for my tastes) for the outdoor runs. I have just run on my own,with no plan or training schedule, but think that a challenge would be good. No, it would be GREAT!"

5.94 kms more for Andy R!

such a gorgeous morning. celebrated my run eating plums in our tree.
view from the top.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sacha kills the competition.

Come on! Run with us for the funny men! Give Sacha a run for his money.
I'm with Andy Richter. Poor Andy Samberg hasn't got a single foot soldier.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Meet the new runners - Anne

Anne runs with us in Rhode Island. She writes:

My name is Anne LaFex, and I live in Warren, Rhode Island. I am a student, though, so my roots are in Syracuse, New York, and even after seven years of school I still consider that my home.

I don't know why I run. I actually hated running throughout my years as a competitive athlete (I played water polo in college). When I started law school, I needed a quicker, more efficient form of exercise than swimming. Jumping in a pool and doing a 2500-3500 yard workout can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. Add in changing and showering, and I was looking at 2 hours of my day just working out. For anyone who has gone to law school, you know first year doesn't provide the luxury of time. So I started running on the treadmill at my school's gym about two years ago because it was quicker and easier than anything else.

I moved to the place I live now over a year ago, and it happens to be only a block away from one of the bike/run paths here in RI. It runs 14.5 miles from Bristol, which is one town south of Warren, up to Providence along the water. When I moved to Warren, I started running outside because of the easy access to this beautiful and peaceful scene. Nowadays I run both inside and out, depending on the weather, how much time I have, and whether I'm at school or home.

ps. Anne's been having trouble with her Nike+. I feel for her. New to Nike+? You might need to calibrate your kit.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Meet the new runners - FIONA

My name is Fiona. I'm from Scotland but have been living in North Vancouver, BC for almost 4 years (my husband is Canadian). I've been running since my first year at university which I refuse to believe was 11 years ago ... eek! I run because I love the way it makes me feel and I can't imagine not doing it. I run to clear my head, blow away cobwebs and to counteract my weakness for good food, wine and chocolate. I run because I love to listen to my baby blabbering and singing on our runs together *sigh*.

I've attached a picture of my running partner and I taken before we hit the trails this morning.

I'm looking forward to this challenge and am excited to join your community!

Many thanks,


No pic of Shana, but she's here

She writes:
I'm living this year in the Hague, where I've just moved from Washington, DC and looking for new places to run and running partners. I've been running for several years on and off, but want to work to increase speed and distance, and am feeling like I need some inspiration on that end. Thanks so much for including me!

And hey, new runners

If you wonder who we are, the people already here, then check the "meet the winners" link. Most of us have won at least once.

Meet the new runners - Caren

Like wise people sometimes do, Caren in Seattle started running to stay sane.

She writes:
I live in Seattle Washington and my name is Caren Gillespie. I am a mother of 2 (2year old Sadie and 5 year old Max). I started running last November to help with a serious bout of Insomnia. I came to like it and hate it at the same time but being a busy mom, it was the only time I got to myself somedays. I started running in the winter at around 6:45 in the morning while it was still dark out which was a rush. I don't have a picture of where I run perse because I choose a lot of different routes depending on the mood.

Meet the new runners - Nikki

Nikki runs with us in Minneapolis. She's a bit afraid of winter approaching so soon, but here at Run with e, we won't let snow or sub zero degrees (Celsius) stop us.

She writes:
My name is Nikki. I live in Minneapolis, MN in the USA and am lucky enough to have some gorgeous lakes to run around. Unfortunately summer will be coming to an end soon which will move my runs indoors (just as soon as we purchase a treadmill). I started running regularly in April 2009 with the Couch to 5k program and once that was complete I started the Nike+ 10k training. I will be running my first 10k race on Saturday, October 3!! My personal best 5k time is 29:04 so I'm not super fast, but I enjoy my runs.

Meet the new runners - Christine

Christine runs with us in Canada.

She writes "I'm running in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I'm a 28-year-old graphic and web designer. I'm hoping to get myself sufficiently into the running habit before winter strikes, at which time I'll have to figure out how to run in major snow – or find a gym!"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New challenge -jump right in

This time we're running in honor of Patrick Swayze (seen here with Lisa, his wife of 34 years)

New challenge starting tomorrow

New individual challenge starting tomorrow. We'll have new runners in this challenge. New runners, please send me a mail with a brief introduction of yourself and a picture!

No walking in these challenges. Running only. If you're at the walking stage, welcome over to Why am I so hard on walkers? Why should you not get to walk if you're tired? Because running is harder, and it's not fair to those who run if there are others walking.

Stop the presses!

She is such a worthy winner. She's had a rough September so far, with kids sick left and right. We're proud of you Clara!

Send me a picture so I can post it here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

On posting comments

Blogger has this weird thing that tells you it doesn't work when you try to post a comment. Insist. You will get through.

First to 50 in September almost over

But who will win? Clara or Wendy?

Ok this is how we'll do it

I'm starting a new blog for the rookies.
Come join me over there!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Welcome rookies

Overwhelming response for rookies! I'll get back to you on this important topic. Have not yet figured out how to solve this. But solve it I will. So delighted you want to run with me!

Big love

Friday, September 11, 2009

Andy Richter tomorrow I'll run for you

in honor of your wife! Sacha's not going to win this so easily.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pride & Joy


Run for the funny men

Challenge over too soon

Ok, so the Run for men challenge is over, because somehow I opened it to the gallery and just like that someone, most likely a male runner added himself and because he had ran 66 kms in a week our challenge was over just like that.

I'm reissuing the challenge. We're starting over.
I'm only having closed challenges because I like the sense of community. But if you read this and want in, feel free to mail me and I'll let you in.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Run with e -the soundtrack

This is what I listen to when I run. You'll love it too. There's one song missing from that track that you need to add. It's Sunny with Boney M. It's essential. This mix is so great and filled with joy I can't help myself from singing along really loud on the trail. It's one of the best feelings in the world.

My singing is similar to Cameron's.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Are you unfit and tired, dreaming of becoming a runner?

I'm looking for a running rookie to feature here on run with e. I'm looking for someone who can't even run a kilometer without switching to walking. I'm looking for someone who's thinking enough is enough, tomorrow I'll start.

I want to train you over mail, to have you running 5 kms in half a year, 10k in a year. You can do it. You just haven't tried enough.

Mail me. Overweight and lazy people most welcome, but you must dedicate yourself to this. And you will need the Nike+ equipment.


The enabler

I love my mother. Today she took care of the kids again, so I could run my 1000th kilometer with Nike+.

Ok, 2 new challenges in effect

If you wan to run with us, send me an e-mail ( with a brief presentation of yourself. There's just one rule: you must run not walk, however slow you run.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Rewards for running

I'm just 9 kms from 1000 completed kms since I started running with Nike+.
Or make that since I started running. I'm celebrating by buying a pair of new shoes. Any recommendations? Also need a new top.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


The literary women seem to have lost all their running drive! Come on little women, run!
Let's get this over with. Next challenge will be a solo thing or a shorter tribute to the men we love.

Ok, about the Tjejmilen 10k race. It was my second race. 26 000 women running. Only 2 groups had some kind of time limit if you were an unseeded runner. You could go with the group that aimed at running 10 k in less than 55 mins or between 55-59. I picked sub 55 and started last in that group. Literally last. I stood behind the crowd and danced around a little to warm up. Then the race was on and it was so freakishly crowded and slow. Frustrated and angry, I had a hard time enjoying the stuff that otherwise make races 1st class running experiences - you're served treats on the way, people cheer for you and at the end of the race you're awarded a medal!

After appx. 5k, it got a little less crowded and I saw a clearly anorexic runner who I thought would be a great person to hang on to. Her determination would carry me all the way. Then I lost sight of her and just kept running. I felt so light and it was a really easy trail to run. No hills, at least not compared to what I'm used to. My finishing time was 57,12. I wasn't even out of breath as I crossed the finish line, but I was really disappointed. Next race I'm not running last in the biggest group.