Cooking: Zucchini-pancakes with tomato salad


Cooking book: the app “Yazio”
Publisher: n/a

Estimated time:  15min
Actual time:  20min

Difficulty: 1/10
Amount: For 1 person
Price per person: ~2€


Alrighty, the initial recipe from the app comes without the little tomato salad – but just the “pancakes” would´ve been a tad boring so I added some tomatos with a dressing mix including the Asian salad mix from Just Spices. Yes, I like it spicy, that´s why I not only used this dressing but also added chili to the zucchini-onion-egg-parmesan mix, and not only pepper.

Generall the preparation was really easy, even though it´s annoying to be rasping the zucchini and especially the onion. Before you ask: yes, it did make me cry. But it´s been worth it. The rest was easy – adding the eggs and the parmesan cheese, mix it, put it into the pan and fry it.

For me, this is a perfect food for summer – it´s light, healthy and something easily prepared. A “must do again” for me!

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Half Marathon – Training Week 36

I started off into the week with being exhausted, and just on Wednesday (13.06.2018) I got going with a session at gym, a lot of cardio and a bit of stretching and weights. I really needed to do something else than just running, see something else, stimulate the mind a bit. And I felt refreshed also mind-wise!

On Thursday (14.06.2018) I did my first 5km run – I had started to take some medicine the evening before so I was a bit worried that it might come with negative consequences for my running. But the opposite was the case – I felt good, and was able to run my race pace as average time –  after the first 2 km were at around 6:00min/km, I had to slow down, had overestimated my current power. But with this outlook, some positive feels are back again that I will be fully back on track in time for the half marathon!

I hadn´t planned to go running on Friday (15.06.2018) already again, but as my stress level had been rising, I grabbed my shoes and went for another 5km run. At the start it felt good and my heart rate was extremely low, and then did a jump up. Wtf was going on? But at least it felt rather good, just the weather somehow is odd – I cannot put it into words, but it felt like it was too humid. But I am just having a problematic body.

Last but not least and finishing off the week – Sunday (17.0.2018) is runday! I still had my 10km run left and totally didn´t feel motivated to get this going. The weather wasn´t promising either, and I was expecting rain. And was blessed with humid air and a bio weather that made you wonder why you started running in the first place. The firdst 3-3,5km were bloody hell and I thought about quitting, nothing worked, legs hurt, brain said no. And then I took a break, 2min with closed eyes, refocus, gain will power, get going. And it worked like a charm – before I had an average pace of <7min/km, the final pace was nearly race pace with 06:37min/km. Still surprised how something had turned the switch there…

Cooking: Spinach-Creme-Roll with salmon

Cooking book: The App “Yazio”
Publisher: n/a

Estimated time:  20min
Actual time:  35min

Difficulty: 3/10
Amount: For 1 person (initially two but easy to split up)
Price per person: ~5€


Yes, it´s pricey – simply because the spinach wasn´t exactly the cheapest thing to be buying, and the salmon kinda topped it. The cheese and the eggs needed for the whole were the rather cheap parts of it, and mixing it all together also the easiest part.

I made the mistake of spreading the spinach-“liquid” too thin onto the baking paper, it should´ve been far thicker but nope, it said “thin” in the instructions so…now I know better, and next time it´ll hopefully also peel off the baking paper better after it cooled off. The rest of the preparation was easy, so no big deal.

For mt it was perfect food for a not so warm summer evening after a day with a workout – simply because it has loads of proteins in it, and in my version with more salmon than instructed it had around 600kcal.

Clearly a recipe I will be doing again – tastes just so good! And it stuffs nicely!

Half Marathon – Training Weeks 34 & 35

Week 34 – 28.05.2018 – 03.06.2018

Let´s be honest – not only was I tired, exhausted and worn out, but also my mind was just so not willing to get me going for a run before my Thursday run of 5km. My legs were sore from my personal best, the high-feeling was there but still. The couch was more tempting instead. But at least I also went swimming a bit, so let´s count this as an alternative training 😉 Especially in these temperatures it´s far more fun than running ^^

Sunday – fun run day and running 10km. Not sure of it was really fun, but it was a race and good for training purposes and a good exercise for the head to keep my body pulling through and not giving in. But somehow my legs and my body felt so terribly tired, it all started after the amazing 15km race in personal best…from then on, my legs seem to get slower and slower instead of more steady…

Week 35 – 04.06.2018 – 10.06.2018


Wednesday
and a run in nearly race pace of 06:30min/km – just 5km, and a lot of struggling, but at least I managed to be running this pace which kinda surprised me. My head is more and more struggling and blocking my body, and everything seems to be a fight – even those hilarious 5km. And I have no idea what is wrong and why this all is happening.

Instead of Friday and because I felt like needing to free my mind, I did another 5km on Thursday – a relaxed run, just below 7min/km, and it felt good somehow even though fighting emotions and running don´t go well together at times. Plus, all the pollen shit really makes my lung struggle more and more. I need to think about how to get this fixed in the future…

Well, I had that plan to run 10km on Sunday – but let´s be honest: a terrible pace, a lot of frustration and 8km later I gave up and was happy to be home. Nothing worked, my head was totally blocked, my muscles blocked and I just couldn´t manage to really be running properly. I was back to old pace from last year, all of a sudden. Frustration, desperation, breathing problems and a spinning mind were what was left. And the thought about simply canceling the half marathon.

Run: BKK Mobil Oil Run Fun Day (03.06.2018)

I woke up after a 6 days week due to some additional education, and felt anything but not up for it or fit. Yesterday I still had stomach pains, they were luckily gone but I was tired and exhausted and to be honest – I had hoped that it was raining so I could just wake up and ditch the run. But no, it was just grey, no rain. Nothing. Damn!

So I packed up my few things, got dressed in my running outfit and started my 1h fun time aka time on public transport to get to the start. I as tired, and also the engery booster I took didn´t help much. I didn´t feel it. Not the tiniest thing – but damn, I had paid for it and maybe it was gonna be fun in the end!

At least I was there early enough to not need to rush – no queue for picking up my starting number and no queue for getting rid off my bag after I had warmed up and zoomed out a bit with my music. I saw a couple of known faces but…couldn´t bother to be social, I did my thing – stretching, warm up exercises, a bit of running to get going. Worked well, I felt at least warm – until the start was postponed and I started to get more and more cold again. Annoying.

I was happy when it started, and annoyed that they chose a route where it was on the first kilometre pretty much impossible to run the own pace, simply because the path was too narrow. And during kilometre 2 I started having pain in my left ankle, had to stop, had to re-stretch and slow down. It didn´t feel good, every step was like a struggle – and it didn´t get any better anymore, every kilometre was a pain in my legs.

Plus, the route was not too nice – a lot running on the street or next to it with cars passing by – hello asthmatic problems, hello lung, I am sorry I am doing this to you. Instead of using the beautiful possible paths, we ran a route that was not nice at all and didn´t feel like fun at all. The last 2 kilometres I spent with another random runner, and pushed him on the ast metres to keep going – because stopping is no option, no matter how shitty it is going.

So the round in the Jahnkampfbahn I tried to mobilize my last bits of energy, and to push through at least and it hurt and hurt and hurt but…felt good. And then it was done. With a pace of 6:30min/km – slower than on the 15km race, and that really made me upset. The whole fact about it having felt like torture and like a massive thing to get done made me frustrated. I got something to drink and to eat and then hopped onto the bus to get home.

In the end all that counted was that I pushed through and finished it – nothing more and nothing less.

Conclusion?

Nice medal, nice event as such because it felt rather well organized but the path we were running was not one of my taste.

Yes, I could have checked the route before signing up but with a nice park just around the corner around there I kinda expected that we´d be making use of this all. But nope.

So I am not really sure if I will be part of this next year again or will rather run another race.

Photos from Abu Dhabi (05/2018)

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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Desert Safari

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Heritage Village

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Louvre Museum

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Observation Deck 300More:
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Emirates Palace Hotel

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Random shots

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Half Marathon – Training Weeks 32 & 33

Week 32 – 14.05.2018 – 20.05.2018

It´s tough to really get back into working out and running again. My body is still on vacation mode, and doesn´t want to leave this mode. Damn.

I really thought that I would be totally fit because of relaxing so much and everything. Instead I feel like a sloth that has never even considered moving fast.

My first run felt like I had never been running before, and to not torture my head and motivation even more, I went to workout at gym next, to slowly get back into it. I haven´t felt so unfit what feels like ages. Gained weight, didn´t work out, feel exhausted. Nope, no good mix.

Ended the week with yet another smaller run, but my heart rate went nuts, up and down and up and down and…nope, I am not back at it yet.

 

Week 33 – 21.05.2018 – 27.05.2018

Started off the week with my first long run afte rthe vacation – 9km, an hour – I am getting back at it, my hert rate was more normal than before, and I felt much better even though my feet felt swollen in my shoes which was not too comfy.

Two more runs – and then two runs with time check and stuff. First the B2B run (5,7km) without warming up and thus suffering and struggling a lot – totally smart and believe me, I have learnt my lesson more than I had wanted to. I will never again even only attempt to run without any proper warm-up, no excuses, nothing.

And because the run brought so much pain in my muscles with it, I couldn´t exactly do any more training runs until the Wandsetal run of 15km. And that run went surprisingly well – despite allergy issues, and the sun being there all of a sudden after a rather fresh start. New personal bets once again and this time with feeling really well and warmed up.

It´s overall going well, though I notice that my head is getting tired. It´s planning my runs every week and discipline and everything, of course I enjoy my runs but doing a few less would be nice. With less pressure and everything.

Run: B2Run Hamburg (23.05.2018 )


No, my company did unfortunately not participate in that, though it would´ve been really cool – so I had to look for another team to be part of. And on Facebook I found out that the Runner´s Point Running Club was raffling places in their team – and I managed to snap one of those places!

So right after work I hurried up to get to the train to get to the Volksparkstadion in time to pick up my starting number – it was terribly stressful, and already during the daytime I had forgotten to be drinking properly. And there was sunshine. Much sunshine. I like sunshine, don´t get me wrong, but sometimes it´s contraproductive. And that´s been the case today.

I kinda ditched my normal warm-up, I´ve been chatting away and then had to queue extremely long for the toilet – and then it´s been time to team up and go to the starting line. But I thought that it wouldn´t be too bad – and was soon learning that I was totally wrong.

The first few kilometres I was still able to more or less keep up with the team´s pace of around 6:60min/km, but then they just ran off – and I was left behind simply because the cramps in my left leg just made it so terribly hard to keep running. The dusty air and unstable ground didn´t make it easier, but pulling through was what actually counted for me on this short distance of not even 6km.

The finish line was in the Volksparkstadion – which was really cool to run into the stadium…even though it´s been the wrong club´s stadium, it was a goosebumps feeling!

And I felt as done as I usually feel after more than 10km of running, so no good day and paying the price for the lack of warming up. – also the days after I had to pay that price.

But I enjoyed the mood and met many nice people – and that´s what counts the most! … and I got a medal for my currently permanently and finally growing collection haha

13.05.2018 – Sand storm (Abu Dhabi)


It was beach day! Well, it was supposed to be a beach day of not doing anything but hanging out at the beach and relaxing. In the morning nothing yet prepared me what the day was gonna bring weather wise.

I had a good start into the day, enough food, and my garlic rice again! Yes, I really fell in love with it, needless to say! It sounds disgusting but you can get used to it, and if everyone smells like a ton of spices, it doesn´t make a difference anymore if you smell like garlic. After so many days without this part of the breakfast, it was a nice surprise.

The bad surprise was when I actually checked the weather – widespread dust it said. Well, I thought it wasn´t gonna be that bad and packed up and got ready for going to the beach, left the hotel and…had something like a humid sand storm hug me. To put it nicely. Without sunglasses nothing worked, and you really felt like the mix of your own sweat and that sand and dust stuck to your skin. Needless to say, the walk to the beach 4km away felt a bit like a neverending walk.

When I arrived at the beach, it was a really sand storm like time. Like, really windy. And you didn´t even properly see the skscrapers next to the street close by.

Even taking off the clothes without them flying away was a challenge – i ended up sprinting into the water with a lot of waves. Proper swimming was impossible, well, if you went with the flow it was no problem, but getting back to where you started… yep, I really had planned on the day being different one on the beach. It really made me angry, no go. Last day at the beach and then…

I returned at some point and instead conquered the little rooftop pool on top of the hotel – still a bit of sand storm and widespread dust, but it was okay, cool water and a bit of relaxing swimming and chilling.

Afterwards I had the fun of packing, because I needed to get it done today as I have to check out tomorrow. And my airport transfer is gonna come just in the evening, so I needed to really do some proper planning on what I needed in the backpack and what I can pack into my suitcase.

Highlight of the day was dinner with its amazing desserts – so amazing, I have no idea how to survive without those when I will be back home. Totally fell in love with those…nothing will ever beat them. And at least my appetite was back in full bloom – guess I could´ve been eating and eating and eatig tonight. Hopeless case xD

Concert: MPS in Hohenwestedt (19.05.2018)


…no idea where on earth that place is? relax, I had no idea at first either and had to google it. In the end – nice little place, but a pain to get to and especially to get back home to Hamburg in the night due to many construction work sites on the way. Getting there was already tiring, getting back just beat it all.

I was still tired from last night where I had gotten into bed at after 3 am, and couldn´t fall asleep and then got up at 11am, had breakfast, got dressed, packed up and jumped into the car again.

I felt like I had been drinking for the past week entirely, though I have had just one little mead the evening before. Hungover, and tired and somehow I was not too excited and enthusiastic. It was more of a “I promised to show up if the weather is okay and damn the sun is shining so I gotta go”-thing right at the start. The couch was crying for my love just too loud. But at least for most of the drive there wasn´t too much traffic, so at least it was some time for speed matching the music!

But once I arrived and entered the market area, I felt more relaxed and felt much better again. Meeting with fellow fans and having a good time together always helps. And the afternoon show of Versengold was there – the sound was not too amazing, it really could´ve been better but it was fun anyways. It felt good, it was like being grounded and back in germany also mindwise. It´s always tough for me to get back when returning from vacations. In between the two shows a bit of food and looking around, and then you already had to go back so thos efellow fans saving spots in front row were able to go and get stuff if they wanted.

The evening show had a better sound, that´s for sure. And somehow the athmosphere was also matching the whole show a bit more, and well…a good reason for liking the evening show more was my fave track, so…and this time – though it was tough – I recorded it instead of just enjoying.

The time is always passing by far to quick, and I am used to more than 1:30h of concert time. It´s like it just started and then it´s over already again. Though I was really exhausted and my voice was nearly gone. Well okay let´s be honest: it was gone at the end of the show. Luckily it recovered at least a bit rather quickly, would´ve been hilarious though. I didn´t stay for Knasterbart anymore, instead just had a few chats with the band and then already left the market – simply because I wanted to drop off the damned rental car to be able to sleep in the next day. Not keen on getting up just for returning the car.

And returning the car went well – and I even got my bus home without needing to hurry, that´s what I am calling a nice timing! In the end I was happy to have only silence around me again, and no people. Time to really reflect on the crazy times that I had. Positively crazy, no dpubts.

Hopped into a hot bath at the end of the day, with some quiet music and then just relaxing after being on my legs all the time. I love concerst, festivals and medieval markets, but driving there, then all day there and driving back – it becomes more and more exhausting. Don´t get me wrong, traveling is fun but not when you spend like 95% of your vacations on the road and busy and everything.