Sports & Trips November 14, 2018 vivalavida37 No comments

Preparation plan for my first marathon

First-timers preps As promised in my previous post now I share the workout plan I did for my first marathon. This is not approved plan by any medical or sport organization. I did some research on workout plans for first-timers and I created my own version. There are some general rules that I identified in most […]

Sports & Trips November 14, 2018 vivalavida37 One comment

The Authentic Marathon

I did it. My first marathon experience. It was in 2006 or 2007, when I started running. I still remember my first 500 meters at the river Vardar in Skopje during the hot summer evenings. After 500 meters I had to walk and then run 4-500 meters more. And that was it. At that time, I though […]

Sports & Trips July 31, 2018 vivalavida37 No comments

Rock ‘n’ Roll in Madrid

This year I rocked my best time on half marathon. My new personal best is now 1 hour 33 minutes and 48 seconds. This happened in Madrid at the 41. edition of the official city run branded under the Rock ‘n’ Roll series. The Rock ‘n’ Roll series are quite popular in the USA, but […]

Sports & Trips May 7, 2018 vivalavida37 No comments

Cycling in Schleswig-Holstein

This was the first bike trip in 2018. It was a small one but a good one to start the season. This time, I biked together with my friend Elena, who did her first bike tour over few days. It was a longer weekend in Germany and the perfect opportunity to bike. We chose to […]

Sports & Trips January 28, 2018 vivalavida37 No comments

Rhine and Mosel cycling in 3 days

In June 2017, during a longer weekend, I planned this cycling tour. It was a great experience. On this tour, I was cycling together with Matthias. Duration: 3 days Start: Bonn End: Trier Distance: 250 km Accommodation: Airbnb Overnight in 3 cities: Koblenz, Pünderich, Trier Bike: Bulls Cross Pulsar Tracking: TomTom Runner 2 watch Few […]

Sports & Trips January 11, 2018 vivalavida37 No comments

Cycling through NRW – Final day

Day 8: Bonn to Cologne Distance: 40 km Duration: 4 hours Route: Bonn – Wesseling – Brühl – Cologne Accommodation: Home Highlight: Castle in Brühl The final day from Bonn to Cologne was an easy and slow ride. The first part was next to the Rhein river. It is a very nice way to cycle. The […]

Sports & Trips January 7, 2018 vivalavida37 No comments

Cycling through NRW – Days 6 and 7

Day 6: Bassenge to Aachen Distance: 70km Duration: 5 hours Route: Bassenge – Liege – Herstal – Vise – Gulpen – Vaals – Aachen Accommodation: Friend (Nikola) Highlight: The view of Liege from the north side Day 6 started with a challenging way from Bassenge to Liege. Bassenge was already hilly, but to get to the […]

Sports & Trips January 6, 2018 vivalavida37 No comments

Cycling through NRW – Days 4 and 5

Day 4: Mönchengladbach to Aachen Distance: 65 km Duration: 5 hours Route: Mönchengladbach – Rheydt – Wickrath – Alsdorf – Würselen – Aachen Accommodation: A&O Hostel Highlight: The forest before Aachen The cycling at day 4 started at Mönchengladbach. In this area there were several old towers as water reservoirs to be seen. I went south […]

Sports & Trips December 28, 2017 vivalavida37 No comments

Cycling through NRW – Days 2 and 3

Day 2: Münster to Bochum Distance: 64 km Duration: 6 hours Route: Münster – Nordkirchen – Selm – Bork – Waltrop – Recklinghausen – train to Bochum Accommodation: Couchsurfing in Bochum (Ulli) Highlight: The castle at Nordkirchen From Münster, I headed south to reach Bochum by the end of the day. I cycled near the artificial […]

Sports & Trips December 26, 2017 vivalavida37 No comments

Cycling through NRW – Day 1

Back in 2014, I decided to do a long distance cycling tour around North Rhein Westphalia. Shortly I also went to Belgium and the Netherlands (the Aachen’s neighboring towns, Liege and Maastricht). In this and the few following posts, I will document this experience and share some information on the track, the organization, the sights, […]