Saturday, 6 January 2018

Such a wonderful day!

A lot of people seem to have enjoyed today, which makes me happy.

I may say that it has been a day of extreme life. It has switched between hot and cold, calm or full speed, tender or not. Yes, I've been part of both physically and mentally.

XC-running in Kenya.
My friend Edwin (red t-shirt) from Kitale in Kenya has been on XC running (yes, running in a terrain) with 8 of his 27 amazing runners in the Elgon Running Club. No, unfortunately, everyone could not follow.
My friend Edwin Kibet Maluche wich is teamleader for Elgon Running Club.
I man with great heart and soul.

Emanuel Rutoo came in 3rd place this time which is really good.
Congratulations!
One of the pieces in the jigsaw I chose to engage in is that ALL will be able to compete in the competitions.

I will try to sponsor as much as I can and are there more out there who are interested in helping so just belong to you. Shoes, clothes, registration fees, etc. are the ones that apply in the first place. Go on feeling!

I myself ran on snowy roads today. Not like some others in "snöpuls". Pulse I got anyway .. Great job all the others who moved you forward in the nice winter weather!
-14°C and blue sky. Perfect day!
 I often run now which does not mean I'm running far. It will be 3-5 km generally every day. Malte is still going to get out of trouble. I'm waiting for some test answers yet, but it seems that most things are ok now. Yes, we'll see you!
The mountains in the background.
Just so beautiful!
The idea is that I'm going to run a marathon in Stockholm with my son Magnus as said. Must be fun! Then there is another project in progress in my mind that I will combine with Elgon Running Club in Kitale, Kenya.
Me and Malte out on one of our runs.
What makes fun of joining projects is that they give energy to each other in some way :-)

Once again I will tell you that:
- Dare to laugh!
- Dare to say hello!
- Dare to peek around the corner!
- Dare to dare!

Easy, Light and Smooth!
/Flexirun

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Almost 2 years...

...with kidney problems. Or yes, the kidneys have not been wrong, but a small and sharp stone made a hole in the ureter leading to a severe blood poisoning.
The stent (tube) from my kidney...
I stayed in the hospital for 13 days and because of the morphine I was constantly high. Blood and kidney tests were taken every six hours.
Yes, the situation was quite critical and I had not until just over a year after understood how bad it was. The physics team expressed it as being my physique that made sure I'm still living. I actually cried when they said it...

From one of my runnings when looking around a corner :-)
When I got home (February 2016) from the hospital, after two weeks, I walked slowly with Elton (now in the dogs heaven). I was so tired, no exhausted and had a pulse of 160 bpm...
Elton used to pull a little while but not this time. He walked slowly beside me and had a real eye on me. It was he who watched me now.

Well, I did have a mission though! Julia, my middle child, was about to run her very first marathon in the beginning of June. I had 4 month of exercise ahead of me. I started and did run the whole race with her. I was so happy and it did not feel that bad either.

After a year or so the urine began to turn red after 45-60 minutes of effort. It turned out that it was old coagulated blood that was calcifying. When the calcification broke, some blood from the kidney could come. Well, I feel much better now and it is going in the right direction I think.

From my lovely runs up in the mountains where the views are most spectacular :-)
Me and Malte.


Ok, that is all for now I think and I do wish You a GOOD 2018 with a LOT of smiles, Hello and peeks around all the corners.

Go Easy, Light and Smooth! "ELS
/Flexirun

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

What happened between January 30 and April 24 2017.

Well, I will show this period in pictures. Next time in text and I will try to update as often as I can.

I will write about my rehab of my body and training for my 100+ miler next summer.

As usual it´s not a competition because I only/always run for FUN and in a Easy, Light and Smooth way called ELS.

Ok, let´s go and it´s nice to be back!

Always smile, say Hello! to strangers and check around all the corners!

Easy, Light and Smooth.
/Flexirun
Those shoes I got from my kids when having my 50th birthday.
Will never throw them away!

Dumbbell instead, or after, running

A cool sign saying - Welcome!

A very old barn...

One of many runnings with refugees.
We, meet, we have fun, we run and just feel good!

An old barn on the way..

A great friend and I on a run :-)

After run!

Happiness!

Seen from my run. Probably a carrion...
Yes, there are bears around here.
No, we didn´t wait to see... ;-)

Kastalen (castella=defence tower) from 1172

A nice picture with my iPhone thru a telescope.
No there was no "man in the moon" but perhaps cheese...

LI have been taken my 2nd grade at the fraternity JG and, yes, I wear a tuxedo :-)

My dog Elton checking the defense tower called Kastalen from 1172.

The moose is hard on the trees in winter


At the hospital, and had just awakened after surgery. Rosehip soup and crackers were really good!
Just a day after my surgery I hit my toe into a chair.
But I still can do my weight training


Sunday, 29 January 2017

In The Great Wide Open..

..as Tom Petty sings in a song are real where I come from! Just check out my views when running.

Apologies for not having signed almost one month. It has gone up for the body but sometimes it has become a small dip, but, as I said, on the whole, it is an upward, positive trend which I am very happy and grateful.

When I train strength and my running workout I have started to cheer me with music by the group Two Steps From Hell. Ironically, a pretty good name for a group after what I went through last year. Not to mention the songs with names like: Victory, Never Back Down, Stronger Faster Braver and Ultra Ground
A favorite is the Flight of the Silverbird". Just click the link and enjoy!

Abuout "Two steps from hell"...
This is the tower called "Kastalen" from the latin word of "defense".
It´s  from about 1170 and I almost can see it from my house.
A great run in about -15°C with some refugees.
Running full of joy and lactic!

I run nowadays Wednesday-Sunday and rests Monday and Tuesday. Strength training 4 times per week and then only with my body-weight. It begins not only be marked on the body in the form of muscles, but also when running.

I do not have the same condition as before yet but the strength is there I think.
For the moment, I have a small soreness in the ankle of the left foot but it´s becoming better and better. After a mile I feel nothing, but I'm careful not to run too hard and "listening" to what the body conveys to me :-)
A beautiful Saturday morning when the sun is about to rise.
Love it!
Me and the nice horses I saw in my Saturday morning.
So great animals I think!
I also saw a dozen mighty bulls who always use to mooing when passing by.
Love You friends!
Another great view where I come from.
When passing by the place where the last decapitation in Brunflo was performed I never smile.
It was September 7, 1835 and his name was Per Engvall...


Sunday, January 29 and it felt really good in the body so I decided to run j an hour and a half on the snowmobile trails in the forest. So peaceful and quiet up there even if I met a guy on a snowmobile who stopped for a small chat. Thank´s for that friend :-)
From todays lovely trail-run and it felt pretty good. 
Almost always I see marks from all kind of animals when out running.
Today some tracks from moose :-)
On the part of the trail, there are quite old storage house. What if they could talk and tell what they have seen and experienced through the years..
A run is so much more than just a run!
The Great Wide Open!
Once again, never forget to smile! Dare to say Hello! to both strangers and those who are not. Try to "peek around a few corners" when you are out and it will be a great day for everyone!

Easy, Light and Smooth! #ELS
/Flexirun

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017...

...and another 365 days to take care of!
Not much of winter here as it use to be...
Well, but this day was nice though! :-)
Ok, what do I mean by that "take care of" in the beginning of this text? Just what I´m writing I´ll say!
The time is running and will never come back to us so try to take care of it in the very best way friends! Things go so fast from the top to the bottom, which seems so negative.
Well, I can say it goes quite fast from the bottom to the top too so just go out there and try your best to do all that great stuff you´ve got inside yourself.

Let the dreams come true!

The road in my Paradise!
One of many roads where I come from
Ok, I have been a little injured for a couple of weeks. Not bad but a little muscle-strain in my left calf. Rest and some Aloe Vera and it´s almost ok now.

While not able to run I do a lot of other things instead. Strength for example. I do push-ups, sit-ups, back and calf-exercises (push-ups in stairs on toe).
I also have been able to use my x-trainer without any problem. So, yes I have been sweating alright!

The x-trainer is perhaps my "best friend" now and the pilates-ball is number two I think. Great tools when doing strength.

Pilates ball is a great tool to use when doing strength-exercise!
I have a big goal 2017 and that is a +100 mile run to my cottage up in the mountains of Härjedalen. 2016-01-01 I had to go to the emergency room at Östersund Hospital due to kidney stone attack. Almost a year ago now.
So from an almost negative level, I've been fighting me back to the races again. I still am not back to 100 % again but on my way though.

To make that +100 mile race I have som smaller goals by the way.
  • In April 2017 I will try a 6h-race
  • June 3 I will run my 11th marathon in Stockholm
  • Probably help the team of refugees in the St.Olavs-race (relay)
  • "cruise controller" in a half-marathon. (2 hours I think)
  • The +100 mile to the mountains
The little church up in the mountains where the goal for my +100-mile project are located.
Normally I do not go out with my project before I do them, but now I have made an exception to show that it is possible to come back from zero.. I will give you the route later summer 2017.

Remember that almost nothing is impossible! It´s just about some other roads to get there :-)
"Happiness is not a destination.
It is a way of life!"
As usual keep smiling, dare to say Hello! to strangers and look around the corners!

Always run Easy, Light and Smooth!
IFlexirun

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Another day in Paradise..

..and eyes peaked opened once again. I will write about the week just before Christmas this time.

Yes, I promised yesterday that there would come a little inspiration report because the impressions were so numerous and overwhelming that I could not quite sort them with the right feeling. The question is if I can do just that right now? Let´s find out!
In Friday night I packed for a little adventure in the northern part of Jamtland for an additional run in my life. I was actually a bit nervous, I should admit. Not so much how it would go. Runing is not the problem! It´s my inside which is not 100% yet.  I have talked to the doctors and they all say: "If no fever or pain. Run Claes, run!" :-)
The X-mas rice pudding is very good.
Food for runners and Santa!
I picked up Märta 7:20 Saturday morning and on the way there I saw two deer that ran across the road in the fog. You have to be on their guard.
We set off towards Strömsund and were in place just before 09. Thought we were the first for no runners were there? Märta found a list and, of course, so had both and Staffan and Mats already signed and gone out ;-)

Well, we got the brilliant idea to not run up with them without meeting them instead. To begin with, we met Eva and Michael was putting out all kilometers statements. However, they put them out the wrong way so we had to turn our necks around to read them ;-)

Then we saw a flock of ravens, which of course in itself is quite unusual. The strange thing was that they were circulating like vultures over us. Seemed like hungry.. Märta and I felt great in our legs so they did not bother us . Began to suspect that Staffan and Mats was exhausted somewhere... ;-)
But, oh no! We met both of them safe and sound after a while battling well against their targets precisely. You are amazing and inspired us tremendously!

After 7 km, it was time for me to drink water and eat half a banana. Had promised myself to drink plenty of water because of my kidneys sake. Felt great to run. Almost like "before"! Continued alone two laps with light legs, but I felt it was not quite a hundred. Oh, well soon water and sweets as well as a completely incomparable sunrise was coming up.
The Ravens were retained and circulated even this lap but now significantly lower. It almost got eye contact with them. "Are you sure you have the energy?" they seemed to ask. Just bite the bullet and run as easily as I could. Anything to not appear weak.. which of course in itself is not wrong. Does it not eel ok, it is brave to choose a different path!
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Now it started to come runner on "conveyor belt" (jokes from Gothenburg we say in Sweden) and I had a tough job to run, smile, say hello! (Even if it was not for strangers this time) and additionally photographing best of my ability at the same time."Multitasking" is called for certain, I think.

I chose to run two laps and then nearly a half-turn and follow Staffan back to the start/finish. Admittedly, I drank some water but it was not quite enough so I chose to.. not run anymore. It was apparently 18-20 km anything and I felt nothing in  my legs the day after. I'm just so pleased that I can run even if it was not around a lake this time.

Everyone I met smiled and waved giving me so much inspiration and joy that you probably do not really understand. No sooner I do it myself. I select some photos but think of course that all of you were fantastic. An album is also on Vattudalens LDK.
With some friends up in Grytan. :-)
Lovely evening in the woods surrounding the transfer accommodation stew. All struggled to laugh and smile to dispel the darkness. Yes, we succeeded after one / some lap running with the energy we generated :-)
It was so nice to meet you all and run a little together. Running with those friends almost every Wednesday are just so great! It´s the feeling I think! One must experience it.
Dare to smile, dare cheer the strangers, dare to celebrate a Merry Christmas, dare fall asleep and wake up happy! :-)
Always that smile. Always!
In such a moderately cold, lagoon-blue sky and a sun that shone so brightly so I just had to look a little on the Östersund municipality's Christmas gift to their employees.
There was plenty to choose from and it was hard to decide. But... what do I see there?! "Great Lake around"! It was like...
I have promised not to run around a lake again (but between A and B is fine), but when the employer is so kind that I just can not say no! You understand that! Right? ;-)

Said and done. After a couple of weeks with little internal movements of the "gravel pit" so it felt brilliant today, even if it was 4% of the trip around the Great Lake.

The most amazing just today was that the body gave me the best workout in almost a year :-)
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Well, I met some other "boneheads" out there and had a nice conversation during the time with a friend from Örebro. :-)
The views were certainly not of the picks I must say. It is truly a paradise I live in!

Make sure to look around a bit. Who istand closest to You today? That is the one you should smile and say something warm about. Make someone's day!

Continue on this path and smile, daring to say Hello! to strangers and go to sleep happy becomes even tomorrow as nice as this day.

Easy, Light and Smooth!
/Flexirun