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Hills and Rain at Waiheke Wharf 2 Wharf Marathon

13th of March

Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island
Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island

In my ongoing conquest to make the most out of this time here in New Zealand – as well as in life in general, really – here’s a story about the first ever Wharf 2 Wharf Marathon on the island of Waiheke, just off the coast of Auckland.

As there’s no helicopter at our disposal, islands still need to be reached via boat. Life sucks.
As there’s no helicopter at our disposal, islands still need to be reached via boat. Life sucks.

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Mountain 2 Surf Marathon in New Plymouth

7th of March

When you look at the New Plymouth region from above, you don’t have to be a geologist to understand how it came into existence. 

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This bump in New Zealand’s North Island is located half-way between Auckland, the country’s biggest city, and Wellington, the country’s capital. The mountain responsible for us being able to run a marathon in that area is called Taranaki, or Egmont, if you’re a British colonialist. There’s a movement to rename landmarks in their traditional way, which is before the European settlers arrived and felt the urge to name everything as they preferred. 

I got interested in this marathon race, because not only did it fit our schedules very well, it’s also advertised as a relatively easy run, going slightly downhill most of the time. Mountain 2 Surf. 

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Goals 2019: State after February

28th of February

This is the second follow-up about how my yearly goals are going. See original post for more info on them and the January post.

1. One (ultra) marathon race done!

✅ On February 9th, I successfully finished the Tarawera Ultramarathon 50k near the New Zealand city of Rotorua. It went really well and I enjoyed it heaps. This gets me closer to my 12 marathons goal, but as February is now in the past as well, I’m still one marathon short of the needed average. Not for long, though.

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New Zealand Trail Running: Tarawera Ultramarathon 50k

18th of February

Whenever I can, I use a chance to run an interesting race while I’m in a different country. Right now, we’re in Auckland, New Zealand, for a few months, so I naturally have a few events planned. The first one is now history.

Tarawera

Paradise, right?
Paradise, right?

It’s a lake in the vicinity of the city of Rotorua, which is known for its rather unusual geothermal activities. There’s a volcano in the area which is probably part of the reason it smells like sulfur everywhere and steam is coming out of the earth at random places throughout the town.

It’s really weird
It’s really weird

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Goals 2019: State after January

4th of February

One month down, eleven to go.

This is a short status update on how I’m doing with my yearly goals, see this post for more info on them.

1. Zero marathon races

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Goals Review 2018, Goals Preview 2019

2nd of January

The spoiler comes right at the beginning. In 2018 I succeeded at all but one of my yearly and monthly goals, and for 2019 I’ll keep nearly the same list. Here is the new one.

  • 12 Marathons
  • 2,000 Kilometers of Running in Total
  • Run Every 2 Days (at least 5 km)
  • 5 Million Steps
  • Read 12 Books
I like to run because you can get to experience atmospheres like these.
I like to run because you can get to experience atmospheres like these.

Now I can elaborate. For two consecutive years now, I have published my yearly goals and how I did on them on my marathon blog, teesches-marathons.eu. It’s a motivational boost for myself to do so.

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What happens if you go VEGAN and SUGAR FREE for a whole month?

29th of December, 2018

First off, to absolutely no one’s surprise, you’ll lose weight. 

So, if that’s your goal, you have the recipe right here.

Also based on a smart recipe: this vegan bowl sold at UF Poké Bar, Europapassage Hamburg
Also based on a smart recipe: this vegan bowl sold at UF Poké Bar, Europapassage Hamburg

My goal wasn’t to lose weight, much rather it was about finding out what will happen to my body in general. Losing weight is one outcome. But what else happened? And what is it like every day? What’s the unforeseen challenges? Here’s my experience.

A Third Attempt

Yes, I have tried and failed this month-long project twice before. The vegan month, that is. In 2017 I set the challenge for March and got too frustrated and lazy after just three days, if I remember correctly. I started another attempt in June of 2017 and made it to the 15th, half-way through, having learned a few minor things that helped. I also realized that tiny mistakes are not avoidable. 

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Missed a Flight, Stranded for the Night?

19th of December, 2018

For the first time in my life I missed a connecting flight and was stranded over night in a different city. 

Of course my first reaction was to turn to Google for answers what to do about this, but I couldn’t find any helpful stories about what would happen. So here’s my story, maybe someone will find this helpful.

Beautiful Swiss Alps
Beautiful Swiss Alps

Italian Weekend

I spent the weekend of December 15 and 16 in Pisa, Italy, to run their marathon. Lufthansa flew me from Hamburg (HAM) to Frankfurt (FRA), I changed planes to get to Florence (FLR). The second legs’ operating airline was Air Dolomiti, a tiny company using just 12 planes. They are owned by Lufthansa and fly under their label. Tiny delays, no problem. Rental car over to Pisa, 80 kilometers.

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Building a Tiny House

3rd of December, 2018

This is the post that I really wanted to write but felt like I need my own blog for it. So now, after spending a few days creating this blog and writing some other posts, it’s time. 

Spoiler: this is the completed result. Now how did I get here?
Spoiler: this is the completed result. Now how did I get here?

First Off, Why Build a Tiny House? 

For playing the drums 🥁.

My journey towards playing the drums has been going on for about 20 years now and never gotten to a fully satisfactory status so far. There are so many problems for an aspiring drummer, it’s kind of tough to get there.

First, in my childhood years, when I first wanted to start learning how to play the drums, my parents were against it. A bit later, I kind of managed to persuade them through the old strategy of nagging until they gave their Okay.

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Throwing Away Money

21st of November, 2018

I have started a new experiement, as I do. This one is not about buying new expensive stuff as the title suggests in a click-baity way, but about being more compassionate and building empathy.

The Experiment

For about a week now, I’ve been putting 1 and 2 Euro coins into my jacket’s front pocket for easy access and I will give at least 1 Euro to every single beggar or homeless person I see.

Why?

I used to not understand the problem that lies behind being homeless. Here in Germany, everyone is entitled to a (small) basic income and a rental apartment, right? You just have to show up at the Job Center from time to time and state your claim and you’re fine, right?

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