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Monday Date Night: Take A Sneak Preview

Sometimes very little changes can improve your life tremendously. Sometimes, one date night a week can make you very happy. It’s autumn in Berlin – in summer it is easier to get yourself some quality time outside your own flat – even on a weekday evening. The days are long, and everyone is happy to get outside after a long workday. Leave your flat call some friends for an after work gathering in an open air pub or just go for a walk in the warm summer air at night. But now it’s getting colder and darker outside – time…

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8 Reasons Why A Partner in Crime Makes Staying Active So Much Easier and More Fun

I have been active all my adult life: running, playing volleyball, the gym, hiking and a lot more. And I have absolutely nothing against being active on my own – without a partner in crime. On the contrary, sometimes I simply need some alone time that I gladly spend on a lonely run. For many of my favorite activities, I do not necessarily need another person to meet and participate – well, apart from the obvious team activities like playing volleyball. And I actually enjoy a lot of the activity alone. I love running for myself letting my thoughts wander…

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The Berlin Marathon… Fun, Pain, Achievement and Struggle

Sunday, September 25. Berlin Marathon. Over 41,000 runners in the traditional marathon distance alone (plus some 20,000 at side-events like the inline skating marathon, mini marathon and so on). 36,000 finishers. Among them: Marina and myself. I wish I could tell you that it was easy. That I made it in the time I announced a couple of months back here on this blog. That I made my goal of at finishing my first Marathon in at least 3h30. Well, I didn’t. But that somehow doesn’t matter to me. I knew that when I started running on Sunday. A lot…

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A Loveletter To Trail Running

I have been a runner all my adult life. I am not a very consistent runner. I have times when I run 5 times a week and then I have a couple of weeks when I do not run at all. But running is still the sport that I love and can easily do wherever I am and without the necessity of other people or any additional equipment. Part of why I love running is that I love nature and being outside. Even though I am a member of a fitness club, I much rather go on a run in…

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A Story of Life and (Near) Death… And Chihuahua Love

I write this as our Mia, our Chihuahua, lies next to me, sleeping and enjoying the warm weather and the late summer sun. Alive. Well. Happy. Beautiful. Not long ago, she was nearly killed by another dog. She dealt with injuries more severe than I believe I could endure without going mad. And she survived it all – stubborn, clinging to life and focused on survival. I found out a few things back then, things I’d like to share. I will tell you what happened when she got attacked later in this post – but first, I need to tell…

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Summer Retreat: Summer In The Bavarian Mountains

As some of you may already know, I live in Germany’s major city: Berlin. Even though I live in the outskirts near some beautiful lakes and nature, it is still living in a huge city. And sometimes I simply need a break, a summer retreat. Our parents made us a gift a long time ago: they acquired a family retreat in the Bavarian mountains even before they had us children. This old farmhouse on the slopes of a mountain has always been a place that speaks to my heart: It lies half way up a mountain, overlooking the wide valleys. There…

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First Marathon, 4 Month Of Training, 3 Hours Or Less. Can I Do It?

I must be crazy… Yesterday I went for my first run of the season – and what can I say: It hurt. Here is the thing – Marina half forced me (and I half volunteered) to run the Berlin marathon this year. Now, I’m not afraid of beating my first marathon – yesterday’s run wasn’t a completely fair assessment of my capabilities. Beating the marathon in under 4 hours should be easily doable. When I was younger, I always wanted to run the Berlin marathon. It’s the marathon where records are broken almost every year. The atmosphere is legendary (almost…

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The Perfect Outdoor Workout With A Newfoundland Dog

Our family has always had Newfoundland Dogs. Jonathan and I grew up with them. They are wonderful dogs, huge but friendly, powerful and level-headed – and best friends. When they are healthy, these giant dogs are surprisingly active and love to go on walks, hikes, and adventures. And as natural born swimmers Newfoundland dogs love any kind of water: the sea, lakes, rivers… They need a lot of exercise and why not combine that with an outdoor workout for myself. Our current family dog “Fellow” is still young. For a Newfie, he is rather small and lightly built weighing something between…

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My 5 Precious Spring Activities – Besides All The Stuff I Usually Do

As the sun comes out, the sky gets the typical spring blue, the temperature rises and the trees get their green back You know it’s spring! The good thing is the days are getting longer, and it’s all about the sun. It is maybe still cold and from time to time you can get into a shower or a hail storm, but when you are in the sun, you feel the heat and the happiness that the summer is still in front of you. You see the fresh green on the trees and the birds are singing again in the…

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9 Reasons To Ride The City On A 70s Vintage Road Bike

Last year I got myself a vintage road bike from the 70s. Bike, not motorbike. It’s seen better days – and I got with the thought of restoring it to former greatness. Well, I got it into a state which doesn’t make me fear it will kill me when I ride it, but it’s still in a pity deserving state. It needs to be repainted completely, it needs a new headset, a better back wheel wouldn’t hurt (I already swapped the front one). I got it for 50 bucks, so my investment was minimal. I’ve got a proper, modern bike…

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