One way your way my way

By January 18, 2013 14 Comments

When I look back from 3 years ago until now, to see how many hours of running and scrambling around in mountains I´ve got, I see a slight incline. A few girls have been emailing me with questions about my progress in to the world of running and questions about injuries. And here is some of my thoughts about those subject. It is a bit unclear at the start but it leads somehow to a summary  the end  :).

To start with: I grew up in the 90`s and that means that televisions and computers didn´t take my time from being outside exploring what the nature is like. You spent whole days running around in the forest in every kind of weather.  When I became older I had a big passion for ball sports. I played football, handball and then basketball which became my favorite sport for some years. To get to the training sessions I never asked for a ride, I had my cycle and my legs to transport me. All this kind of movements made a good background to be better at endurance sports. Skiing and running have been a complement to the other sports I have been practicing and the amount of practicing those have varied a lot according to what I´ve felt like doing at the time. When I was 16 I stopped all the ball sports and started to climb. Running and skiing was still my way of moving even though for around 5 years I didn´t do too much of that either.

Then 4 years ago I just started to realize that I need running. I needed running for so many reasons. I missed it for those years when I didn´t run so much. So I just started to run more. I loved running and wanted to do it all the time. But still I just have the small incline in hours of running. I think I stayed injury free just because of the small incline in hours of running. Why didn´t I ran more? Was it because I was lazy? Or is it that I really listened to what my body was telling me? It´s hard to know,  and jess that sound so pretentious to speak about listen to our bodies, but I think we in general need to do more of that. But it is a fine line, if we start to listen too much we can easily get lazy..” I feel a bit tired maybe I should rest today, my body is telling me something”.

I can easily overreact when I feel that something isn´t perfect. If I feel something I´ve never felt before I get afraid! I´m asking people with more experience and then I make a conclusion if it´s ok or not. I´m sure that kind of worrying have made me rest/cross trained more then I normally would have done. But it doesn´t matter because I´m so keen on keeping my body healthy. I´m going to need it to be strong for so long! It doesn´t matter if I need to rest from running one week just to be sure that my body is really following me if that is what needs.

Of course you can get injured anyway. I´m not saying that all those who are injured are not listening to themselves. For sure they are. We get injured. But of course it is a reason behind. And that is what is interesting. We need to find what is behind so we can learn and then solve the problem. Then make our own way to do our best. And we do our best when we are healthy and happy.

For me, taking time is the key of being happy, healthy  and relaxed. I need time to figure out the next step. Time to think about school, work, general everyday life and training. For some years ago I could be really stressed and feel lazy if I didn´t succeed in all my projects and the time I had wasn´t enough. But what is more waist of the time then to feel like a failure? People are different and therefore have different approach to everything.  We just need to find our own way.

And to continue about staying healthy; and as a lot of people are commenting about me is that I´m not thin.  Very funny comments about this:

–          How can you run so fast in the uphill’s when you look “normal” ?!

–          I absolutely couldn´t believe you were so strong and fast looking that way. But hey that´s awesome.

–          You are a fat runner! But that´s good.

–          I am sure you would be faster if you where a little thinner.

So funny right? !

Yes. We look different and yes I´m not super thin. But hey! It´s the way that I believe is good for me. I think that is what´s going to keep me away from getting stress fractures, other injuries and osteoporosis when I´m old. Yes I´m some kilos heavier than other people that is running. But it works for me. And for others it works to be thinner. And we all look different so please don´t think you will get a lot better if you lose some kilos (of course it´s getting a bit lighter to run but find a good line!).

Conclusion about my fast progress in the running world and about staying injury free:

The progress of running more was very slow. And that slow progresses build my endurance, my muscles and tendons to be used to run a lot! So hurry slow and take time have been good for me.

Stay healthy and find your own way to that.

Love what you are doing and do what you love.








Mountain athlete, trail runner and ski mountaineer. Writer,mum and Co- founder of Living on a small farm in the Norwegian fjordlands!

  • Cynthia Gan

    Thank you for this post, Emelie! You give me so much hope! And yes, I so agree with you! One does NOT have to be stick thin to make it! God bless you with more success in endurance races! I have hope! Thank YOU!

  • Good post, Emilie! I like a lot that you’ve started this blog. I huge from Valencia (Spain) 😉

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  • Michael Kong

    Emilie, you are an inspiration to many whom think they are too heavy to run. Listen to your body and run to your capability and improve in time. Size is secondary.

  • Panxii

    Very interesting and nice post! Thanks!! 🙂

  • Noémie

    I really like your post and totally agree with you! Please continue being yourself and not caring about what people are thinking!

  • You are not even close to fat! I love that you have the confidence to know that. I met you in person and thought that you were the perfect size! Keep up the great work!

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  • John Bryant

    Nice write up Emelie. I like the way you think!

  • Good stuff. FYI, there is a misspelling on your “About Me” page (“Skyrunning Serie”).

  • What a great post, Emelie! I talked to you for a while at Pikes Peak Marathon, and you looked perfect to me. And you won. You’re winning everything! How could someone say your body isn’t right? Crazy! I’m so glad to read something from a girl who has a healthy view of her body. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  • Hi Emelie! Thanks a lot for your post. I feel so much like you! I am a mountaneer that just started running and I had to hear last week that my body is not the right one to be running. The same happened when I practiced rythmic gimnastics as a teenager. I was strong and somehow slim, but didnt have long legs, a key point at this sport´s competitions. That left my selfsteem really low. Only the mountain and its freedom has given me back that self confidence and that hapiness you talk about. I talk about it (in spanish) in the blog below. Again, thanks for sharing this with the world. Ori

    • Emelie

      Keep going!

      All the best!

  • Renate Jka

    I’m glad that I found your blog and started to read it.
    Dear, Emelie, your blog is a blessing to this world!
    Keep listen to your heart and let your beautiful smile shine!

    Sunny Greetings,