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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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DIY Stinging Nettle Tea… And More: Plant of Wonders

Stinging nettle is one of my favorite herbs when it comes to tea. We often drink tea at home. Drinking tea is some kind of Russian tradition. When you come to someone’s house, you usually sit in the kitchen get your obligatory tea before the fridge door opens and all the yummy things are placed in front of you. No matter if you are an expected guest or not. It is the same procedure in every home and at every time of the day or night. Even if you drop by to borough some sugar or salt. Tea and sitting…

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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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Ditching Liquid Soap – Save All That Plastic Waste

Liquid soap is sooooo fantastic! Usually, it comes in fancy pump bottles in beautiful colors and very different odor directions. You can get everything from classical fresh lime / mint scent over flowery scent to some vanilla whatever scent. They are easy to handle and fast to handle in the hand washing process because within a second you get great foam. There are pump bottles that produce the foam for you and you get a lump of white smelly foam right into your  palm. In Germany, you can find these magic pump bottles assembled to the walls in public restrooms. Of…

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It’s A Long Term Commitment: You Are Responsible For Your Chihuahua!

‘You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.’ Antoine de Saint-Exupery Chihuahua is right now the smallest dog breed in the world. They have big eyes, an apple shape head, big ears and they are sometimes so little, that they fit in a mug. But Chihuahuas are dogs, not toys and have survived many centuries. Their origin is still some mystery, but some archeological finds show that the Chihuahua breed comes from Mexico and most likely their ancestor is Techichi. In Mexico’s province Chihuahua, there are still gangs of tiny dogs, looking like Chihuahuas or mixed breeds of Chihuahuas…

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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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Running Speed – Staircase Sprints to Increase Your Speed

I used to run far more than I did in the last couple of years. It was Marina who brought me back to more regular running, when she asked me to run the first Nikes Women’s run with her in Berlin. This was the starting point for a couple of street runs we did just for fun. These street runs made me realize, that the years I took more or less a break from regular running had me lose a lot of running speed. And I admit, even though we do these runs for fun, I still have a tiny little…

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Easy Pesto Recipe – Springtime In The Kitchen

It is spring in Germany, time for me to make some Pesto. Why? Because herbs and wild herbs sprout from the ground everywhere, weeds are plenty – and with this easy pesto recipe pesto is so easy to make and simply tastes so much better than anything you can buy. You probably know the pesto from the super market or deli store. In Germany it mainly comes in two different tastes: Green Pesto, which is basil, pine nuts, Italian cheese, garlic and olive oil and Red Pesto which mainly consists of sundried tomatoes and olive oil. But pesto can be so…

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The Perfect After Workout Drink Recipe

I love coffee. Unfortunately it is not very healthy to ONLY drink coffee especially after long runs and in summer – although I have a couple of awesome iced coffee recipes I am going to share with you in a couple of weeks when the summer turns Germany into a sweaty oven… However, I have to assure that I drink enough – besides coffee. And it seems like I am not alone with this problem. Marina wrote about this earlier this week. And since we identified the problem we are going to provide you with some recipes for tasty drinks so…

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