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14 Best Moments of 2014!

Right before the new year rolls around, I like to take a look back at the year that has passed. Did I achieve what I wanted to achieve? What were my favorite highs? Any teachable lows? And with that, I try to determine what are some of my hopes, dreams and goals for the upcoming year.

At first when I started to think about 2014, I figured that it wasn’t that big of a year. Everything was just same old, same old. That was until I started to really think through it. I take it back. This was a pretty eventful year! Here are my top 14 moments from 2014. Hope you like it!

1. I had so much fun with my favorite sidekick!14 best of 2014: favorite sidekick2. I ran the color run again and realized how far I have come with my running! 14 best of 2014: Color Run 20143. I Graduated with my Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications!14 best of 2014: I GraduatedStarting this masters program is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has given me so much! An American Graduation Ceremony is very different from what I am used to, but I liked it. Walking across that stage made me think back on the two years I have spent earning my degree and how much it has changed my perspective.

4. My Mom Came to Visit!14 best of 2014: Drive through tree LeggetIn April my mom and Magnar came to visit me for a couple of weeks. We travelled all around Northern California and I had a great time! They have visited me before and we have previously taken the Highway 1 tour down to Southern California so this time around, we wanted to focus north. We went to see the giant Sequoia trees up in Legget and even drove through one!

5. I Got a New Job! 14 best of 2014: new job#Ilovemyjob

6. I went to Norway for 17th of May! 14 best of 2014: 17th of may in Norway17th of May in Norway is like 4th of July in the US. People celebrate with parades, music, food, parties and not to mention the national costumes. This might be totally bonkers to you, but its actually pretty fun!

7. Work Travels!14 best of 2014: MinneapolisI know most people don’t like to travel for work, but I do! Even if I only get an hour to see the city, it’s more than I would otherwise! :)

8. BlogHer 14!14 best of 2014: Blogher 14In July I went to my first blog conference, BlogHer 14. It was a lot of fun and I met some incredible people! It actually inspired me to pick up blogging again and I am so glad I did!

9. I Ran My First Half Marathon!14 best of 2014: San Francisco Half MarathonThe day after I came back from BlogHer, I ran my first half marathon! This was a pretty big deal for me, and I wrote a blogpost about the race here

10. Featured on Huffington Post!14 best of 2014: Featured on Huffington PostAfter reflecting on my half marathon race and writing this blog post, I was super excited to see it featured on Huffington Post!

11. New York!14 best of 2014: Weekend in New YorkIn September I went to New York to meet up with some friends and I had the best time! And I finally got to go to Mood! Read all about it here

12. Chocolate Creme Brûlée14 best of 2014: chocolate creme bruleeThis might seem funny, that a dessert made it to my top 2014 list, but this one was probably the best I have ever tasted!

13. Best Blog Posts of 2014!Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!It’s pretty interesting that its one fitness and one dessert post, but the posts I wrote about my half marathon and this one featuring a Norwegian Apple Cake recipe was the most read blogposts on Repolished in 2014

14. Montreal14 best of 2014Ø MontrealMontreal was one of the best trips I have been on! The city is amazing with so much history, great food and felt so peaceful! It was a perfect romantic christmas getaway!

How was your 2014?

Until Next Time, Hadet på Badet!

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I completed my first Half Marathon! Does that mean I am a runner?

San Francisco Half MarathonIf someone had told me a few years ago that I would run a half marathon, I would have just laughed! I honestly never though that was something I would be able to do, but on July 27th, 2014 I did! I ran my first half marathon, 13.1 miles or 22 kilometers!

When I was a kid, I was very active and participated in almost any sport genre you can think of. My days were usually spent climbing high and low on my way home from school and straight into playing soccer or some kind of hide and seek game with the neighborhood kids. I have always been a tall drink of water but, when I was eleven my body grew to fast for its own good and I ended up having major back surgery. Even though I am very grateful that this happened early on, it was a scary thing at only eleven years old. I could not do any sports or bend my back for six months. After my recovery, I was as good as new and should have been able to do the same things as any other eleven year old, but I was scared. Worried that I would do something to break it back up, I became a lot more careful and didn’t do the same activities as before. Throughout my teens and early 20’s I was perfectly happy not doing any kind of exercise. It wasn’t until 2011 when I was a little heavier set, I realized that maybe it would be a good idea to keep my body in shape somehow. I started going to the gym and could maybe run 2 minutes on 5.5 mph at a time on the treadmill. I did not think in any way that it would improve from that point, because I was not a runner.

I unintentionally started running for real back in 2012 when I did my first Color Run. You can read all about my first “race” here.  Coming home that saturday I couldn’t help but thinking maybe I could be a runner after all? If I could jog a 5K, maybe I could actually run? I started doing intervals on the treadmill and eventually started jogging outside. Even though I ran pretty often, I never seemed to get any further than 3-4 miles. I figured that was my limit and slowly lost the motivation to push any further. If I could do 3 miles, maybe that was enough. After all, its not like I could ever do a half marathon or anything so what was the point? I just wanted to stay in shape.

For the past year I feel like everyone from my best friends grandmother to my next door neighbor ran a half marathon. Was this just something people did now? Just casually run a half marathon on the weekends? I still didn’t think that I could, but I would always ponder the though when I saw all those glorious race photos on Facebook. The competitor in me wanted to go for it and I talked about it, but I never truly meant it. For Christmas this year, I got a fitness diary/calendar from my friend and filled with the “New Years Resolution” spirit, I started jotting down my fitness goals for the upcoming year. I put down, “Run a 10K” and I didn’t know how I would, but at least now it was written down on paper. I stared at it for a long time and even though I never really though I would do it, there was a glimpse of maybe. Just maybe I could. The day before New Years Eve, I went out for a routine 3 mile run and ended up running 6.2 miles, also known as 10K! I have no idea where I got the strength or stamina to do that, but I did. I don’t know if it was because the goal was now in my head or what happened, but something clicked. Did this mean I was a runner? It’s not like I would do a half marathon or anything, but I mean 10K was something. It was more than my usual 3 miler. I had pushed myself to do more.

After a few weeks, I picked it back up and started running on a regular basis again. Still just 3 miles, 3 times a week but I was preparing for something bigger because now I knew I could do more. In March I signed up for what would be my first half marathon! And on July 27th 2014, I finished it! I didn’t have the best preparation and I didn’t finish with the best time, but I finished! I completed my first half marathon.

During the race all I could think was, why would anybody do this to themselves? Why would I pay to do this? This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever done and I will never do it again! As soon as I saw that finish line I was thinking to myself, oh this wasn’t really that bad. I am kind of enjoying this! I am actually loving this! I will definitely do this again! Is that what they call the runners high? Was I in a state of delusion or does this just mean that I am a runner now?

Yes I am a runner! In fact, I have been a runner since the first time I stepped on that treadmill, but this is the first time I will admit it if someone asks!

You can read all about my actual race experience here.

I ran my first Half Marathon!

San Francisco Half MarathonOn the last weekend of July, I ran my first half marathon! 13.1 miles, 22 kilometers. I know a lot of people run half marathons these days, but to me this has been and still is a big deal! I signed up back in March and at that time I was in really good shape. It turns out after months of vacation, pollen allergy, starting a new job and lack of motivation, not so much! You can read more about my last weeks of training here. After a three day conference, stomping around on concrete floors with flat sandals, with limited sleep and some extra wine I set my alarm to 4.30AM on a sunday morning to run my race.

Before the race, I had run 10 miles at the most and even though I was confident I would finish, I was still nervous! Once you start telling people you’re doing something like this, they feel compelled to tell you all the horror stories! Why is that? I have heard stories of people getting injured, having the “runners run” both before, during and right after the race (Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is!) and many more disturbing scenarios. I was actually more worried about anything weird like this happening, than actually running 13.1 miles!

So back to my race morning, I got up at 4.30AM (why would anyone do that?) and after gobbling down an egg, I walked down to meet my friend Jenny at the starting area. We thought we would be running together but turned out we were in different waves, major bummer! I got lined up in my wave and took a look around me. It was 6AM and the sunrise was beautiful! I tried to just take a moment to really appreciate what I was about to do even though I was filled with butterflies. The start gun went off, and I started running.

San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

The one thing everyone has told me was to go slow in the beginning. Go slow and steady, that’s how you win the race. So, I tried not to be discourraged by people passing me and held a steady pace.  Mile 1-3 was pretty easy, flat and comfortable. Then at mile 3, my knees started to ache. What was this? They hadn’t really done that during training. Probably those concrete conference floors…Not being able to do anything about it, I just kept going and tried to change up my stride once in a while. Mile 4-5 was pretty good and I felt like I had found my stride. The first hill was in front of me and I powered through it. The change in incline was actually doing my knees some good.

San Francisco Marathon

After mile 5, I started the steepest incline up to the bridge and decided to walk fast during the steepest uphill instead of jogging. I actually think I was able to keep the same pace as the rest of the people because I am 5.9, with long ass legs. Win! I had imagined in advance that running over the Golden Gate Bridge would be somewhat magical, and it was the first time it did it for training, but during the race it was a little different. They blocked off three lanes on the right side of the bridge for us to run both going there and coming back. In other words it was kind of crowded and so far down from the sidewalk edge that you couldn’t really see anything…

San Francisco Marathon

After the bridge I knew we were at 10 miles+ and it was just for me to finish! That’s really when the big portion of the uphills really start (insert face palm) Although, there is one long downhill in the middle there! People told me to go slow on the downhill so I wouldn’t hurt my knees, but I figured I was hurting anyways and I just wanted to finish, so I killed that downhill! This is when I started to realize that I was almost done! I had ran 12 miles all by myself!

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That’s San Francisco for you…

San Francisco Half Marathon

I had my Fitbit tracking my distance as I was running, but I knew it was a little off so when it hit 13.1, I still had a little to go. In my mind though I thought I had a lot longer than I did, so when I saw that finish line, I felt a huge relief! I was done! I had completed 13.1 Miles, a half marathon! And then all of a sudden I didn’t feel as tired anymore! Weird huh?

San Francisco Half Marathon

Key take-aways?

– It’s all mental!

– Unforeseen things might happen!

– Testing out the entire course in advance (in pieces) was the best thing I ever did in training!

 Have you ever done a half marathon? How was it?

8-Week Half Marathon Training: Week 1 and 7 Mile Run!

I started my 8-week half marathon training program a few weeks ago and I actually had my first long run on the international national running day! I ran with my running buddy Jenny, who is also running the race with me. The longest I had ever run before this was 6.2 miles and that was over six months ago. I ran 5 miles the week before by myself, and I though I was about to die at the end there because of all the fog and wind! This got me thinking though, San Francisco is pretty foggy during June/July (yea, no summers here! Come back in September). And what if it’s foggy, windy and cold during my race? Shouldn’t I train for that then? I think that sounds like a good idea!

Part of the race is to run across Golden Gate Bridge and we really wanted to give it a test run. It’s probably something every San Francisco resident should do, just to experience it! Anyways, back to our training. I feel like a running distance always seems shorter if you know where you are going and how far so thats the goal of trying out the actual course. Hopefully the actual race will feel easier:) We met up down in the Marina and set off to run the bridge. It was 6pm, super foggy and pretty cold! Ok, here we go. We were supposed to do a 6 mile run that day, but ended up doing a 7 mile run and probably a 3 mile walk after it! Not really knowing where to go running towards the bridge, we had already done a good 4 miles when we started on the climb up. I was actually feeling pretty good at this point and I could tell the difference of running with someone! We had a steady pace and I think the fog and cold actually made my circulation better or at least it felt like my muscles were more relaxed. Golden Gate bridge is around 1.7 miles each way so by the time we came back, 7 miles had passed. I was surprised that the bridge wasn’t steeper going over. I remember I biked over to Sausalito a few years ago and it seemed like it was ALL uphill! However it was very windy and I totally felt like a badass for killing it in the windy fog.

Insert Golden Gate Bridge here...

Insert Golden Gate Bridge here…

 

8 week half marathon training, week 1 7 miles

How the bridge usually looks like…

8 week half marathon training, week 1 7 miles

On the other side where the sun is always shining!

We started to walk back and by the time we were back in the Marina (3-4 miles more), I was about to die again! I felt  like an old lady because I was hurting in my knees, hips and incredibly hungry! My goal for the next few runs is to figure out the food before, during and after in order to improve:)

All in all, proud to have climbed the bridge in all it’s foggy and windy glory! And to have completed 7 miles! What is on your bucket list for running location/distances?

How to do a 8-Week Half Marathon Training program!

8 week half marathon training plan

So, remember when I told you I signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon? Well, I am currently should be training for it! When I signed up back in March, I was in pretty good shape and figured this race would be a piece of cake, come July. Then I went on vacation for a few weeks and then pollen happened! If you are in California, you have probably noticed some heavy pollen lately as well. It’s been extra crazy this year because of the drought. I mean, I love the sun, but we could use some rain over here!

Half Marathon across Golden Gate Bridge

Given that I am going to be running over here in less than two months, I figured I would start back up with training  hoping that I wasn’t too far gone… I did endless Google searches, read numerous blog posts, Runners World’s articles and you name it.  I even bough the Runner’s World Big book of Marathon and Half Marathon Training! And yea you guessed it, they all say different things. That is why I decided to make my own program that would fit into my schedule and fit my fitness level. I have taken pieces from all the different plans out there and tried to really take in all advice I have been given from previous half marathoners.

Some of my key take-aways from the research has been:

1. Listen to your body! You can deal with pain, cramps and whatever, but listen to your body if it tells you to stop. And ice will become your best friend!

2. Slow down! I was obsessed with my race time for a minute there. Even though I am very competitive and want to finish in a decent time, this is my first half and I should honestly be happy just to finish!:)

3. Try everything out in training! The reason you train is so that you can optimize for race day. You can figure out what kind of breakfast you should have. What kind of running tights/top/headband/other crazy gear works the best in the long run and what snacks to bring. Or in my case, tissues. Lot’s and lot’s of tissues. I don’t know why, but as soon as I start running even a block, my nose starts running. Super annoying and I don’t know why or maybe it’s the pollen. Anyways, I digress.

4. Never try anything new on race day! I refer back to point 3. I have heard so many stories of people just switching to new socks on race day and it has completely messed up their grove. No bueno.

5. Steady finished the race! Every single one I have talked to about doing my half has told me this. Run slower in the beginning of your race and keep a steady pace. It’s easy to shoot off for the first few miles because you are so ready and excited, but this will just wear you down.

Keeping this in mind, I have come up with my 8 week Half Marathon training plan!

Be aware that I have been running about 2-4 miles 3 times a week for quite some time so keep that in mind if you never really have run before. I would suggest spending longer time training for the race. I am also doing lot’s of hill training because I realized that the race is super hilly! Uh, yea….!

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How do you train for a half marathon? Are you in training now?