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!
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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!

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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



Sunday, 18 December 2016

Another day in Paradise and eyes peaked opened once again.

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 be there now? We shall see.
The road to Paradise? No the road IN Paradise!
In Friday night I packed my face a little adventure in the northern part of Jamtland (the county where I come from) for an additional small löptur in my life. It was actually a bit nervous, I admit. Not so much how it would go. As for the run is no problem, but inside it's not really a hundred yet. Have talked to the doctors and I have no fever or pain, I can be relatively calm.

I picked up Martha 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? Martha found a list and, of course, so had both and Staffan Mats already signed and gone out ;-)
09:30 in the morning and the sun is about to wake :-)
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, facing the wrong way! ;-)

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 .. Martha and I were the risers in the legs so us they did not bother about. 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 to kidney sake. Felt great to run. Almost like "before" in time. Continued alone two laps with light bones, but I felt it was not quite a hundred. Oh well soon water and sweets as well as a completely incomparable sunrise on G.

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 they could. Anything to not appear weak ... which of course in itself is something wrong. Does not it feel good, it is brave to choose a different path.
Just so beautiful!
Now it started to come runner on "conveyor belt" (Gothenburg) and I had a tough job to run, smile, say hello! (Even if it was not for strangers this time) and moreover shoot best of our 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 more. It was apparently 18-20 km anything and I have not even had sore today. 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/178161392288192/?fref=ts

That said, I am satisfied, have patience and hope that one day I can run even longer ... :-)
About 20 km and I feel free!

Dare to smile, say hello stranger! and try to do the unexpected.
Or why not just run the other way for a little while ... sometimes!

Easy, Light and Smooth #ELS
/Flexirun

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Another week in history...

...You can say, I think. It's actually true!

A film about "Heroes"...
It shows some of my volunteer work I do every Wednesday with refugees :-)

Since I work as a teacher it has been a lot of work during the week because of correcting sample and adding scores. Well, it's almost Christmas holiday and I soon can take bit easy.
From one of my runnings.
Quite uphill but the view is great and I can see my village down there.
I've been a little under the weather in the body for a few weeks and could not run as planned but it does not matter. The body in general becomes more and more restored after kidney stones and blood infection that I got almost exactly a year ago.
I´m not fully restored but I think it goes in the right direction one day at a time. At tougher effort, like hill training, or easy, light and smooth running for an hour the urine may be red. However, doctors say that if there is no pain and I do not have a fever I can practice on.
Easy, Light and Smooth!
What I do know is that I can not run as much as the last 47 years... However, it is quite ok. I will never stop running, but it can happen that I have to cut down on the number of km/week. I may not be able to run for several days again but sometimes I still feel that light feeling when I run.
It does not mean that there is anything negative about it. No, it just means that I'm running in another dimension, one can say.
Down there You can see the light from Brunflo hockey arena where the legends
Vladimir Krutov and Igor Larionov has played a couple of times :-)
I can still spreading joy, inspire, and perhaps make others feel unique just because of my running. Can I have that, I'm happy!

Allways run Easy, Light and Smooth!
/Flexirun

Sunday, 27 November 2016

It goes up...

...and it goes down! But a couple of weeks ago it has been going quite well now and slowly my running has turned positive again.

Ok, It has been going better and better since I came home from the hospital end of January 2016. Small kidney-stones are nothing to play around with. All my friends around me, here in Sweden but also around the world, really has pepped me.
About 100 km done and 120 km to go.
Big Lake Run 2013.
Yes, physically I´m pretty alright now. When running I run very Easy, Light  and Smooth. It really goes well now but but there is one thing that saddens me a bit.
When I exert myself so changed my urine ... too dark (red). Already after 40 min type. Well, I´m not the kind of man who worries to much but still I do wonder why?! I´ll promise to check it out though!
Last week I speak to a doctor about the red urine. No problem! I was told. Just small and sharp stones on their way out. Nothing that hurts or gives me fever is a problem they say. So, just to keep on running then! :-)
On my own..
Well, have been a little sick for a week but much better now though. Took it easy this weekend and just did some walks with Elton and watched TV :-)

Skiing, biathlon, alpine skiing, social-running and WC in 100 km running was the offer this weekend and in many of these "happenings" it is time to decide if you achieved..
It has actually achieved something even if it is not the fastest and come first. What about the number of smiles and Hello! one can accumulate during a run. Does that count?

Would it be just to reach the finish when everything is not quite as it should in the body? All credit to all those who try and do their best using just their individual circumstances of the moment.
No, I do not belittle the fastest in any way. On the contrary! Often, they are just fantastic people and inspires me, and surely many others, very much.

It's just that the wheel of life has started to spin so fast that the time for reflection and admiration of the "small" will completely overshadowed. Too bad, I think...



Dig in, take and hold! Fight on the right way to fulfill your dreams. They are waiting for you! Just like mine!

Happy first Advent!
Never forget to smile and dare to say Hello! to strangers out there!

Always go Easy, Light and Smooth.
/Flexirun

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Autumn break...

...for me and my pupils now. Much needed for all. Students as teachers.
From one of my runs.
A beautiful place where I can load both muscles and thoughts.

I just packed clothes, workout clothes and ski equipment to be used together with asylum seeker refugees in Vålådalen located in the mountains. Swedish cross-country team usually train there sometimes :-)

Will be funny as hell because some possibly never seen snow, let alone skied some time. Many laughter there will be!

The running and strength training are moving forward and I just declared that I probably should run a nice race organized by my löparklubb (VLDK) in Strömsund together with my friends.
Elton up in the mountains :-)
Last Thursday, I was at Vålådalen, up in the mountains, and helped "Hej främling" (please open link) of allowing refugees to try cross-contry skiing (click link).

It´s so great to see how nature can be a tool help those who have it harder than others to smile, laugh and grow as people
Emma and Pippi.
Emma is a girl with a great heart and also founder of Hej främling.
Refreshments by the fire after skiing.
I'm not a guitarist but I like the music. Playing is a bit like yoga for me and now so are all things on the Internet, which makes it a little easier to learn the chords that belong to a particular song. I listen to almost all music, but reggae and blues is perhaps the one I listen the most to.
Sometimes I play the guitars.
Only guitars left when my son moved to Uppsala for studies ;-)
It is so unbelievably wonderful to be able to run again. Not as before ... yet. But just to be able to plan for future projects is unbelievable.
Seize the day and live every moment! Smiling and dare to say hello! to a stranger. Fall asleep HAPPY!

Run Easy, Light and Smooth!
/Flexirun