Wednesday, December 7, 2016

11.5 on 22

today, for day 22, I ran 11.5km.

Planned for about 10 but felt great and decided to extend it a bit.

Tomorrow will be a shorter run, I presume, to save energy for a potential Friday long run.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

draining the swamp

day 21 and running..

This was never the plan. I wanted, at first, to run for the entire week. Then I wanted to extend it to a 2nd week, as I have done before. I was not going to go further than that. Somehow I just felt great and the schedule worked out and I have really been enjoying this, so I am keeping going until I can't do it any longer...

Today was a 10km day. I chose a difficult route and really felt it . After running across Kishon I ran down Tzeelim to the 38 and back up. With some extensions here and there I concluded at 10km. the 3km climb back up Tzeelim was very difficult and slow today.

I think my 7 year old Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS watch is on its last leg. Recently it has been warning me of a low battery very quickly after using it... I did not really pay attention and suspected it wasnt fully charged. I paid attention this time and 7km into the run it is already warning me of a low battery. Now, I know I am slow, but no way does it take me so long to run 7km that the battery on my GPS watch should drain like that!

I also stepped in some mud when making a brief pit stop. So, between the watch and the mud I can call this run the draining of the swamps!

Monday, December 5, 2016

highs and lows

8km. day 20.

I did some stretching last night. My legs felt really sore. After the stretching they felt much better, and this morning's run was decent, in that regard.

It did have its ups and downs. While the run was decent, there were some points early in the run where I just felt like bailing, saying enough is enough, I just wan to go get some more sleep. But then as I approached the 5km mark I flirted with altering my route to one that would give me about 10km or even 11km if I would want it. I decided not to and when I pulled in at just above 8 I was satisfied that I had not, but it was strange to both want out early and to want to go further in the same run...

Sunday, December 4, 2016


I mistakenly ran 11km on my 19th consecutive day of running..

How do you mistakenly run 11km?

Well, I went out planning to run between 9-10km, assuming I would be feeling good and strong, and hoping for at least 7-8km considering I had run 8km last night. I planned my route for a 9-10km run, open to changing it as necessary.

The run was actually great. The temperature was good, and I felt strong. No pains, no hesitation, no disturbances.

At about 7km, at the end of Road 10 (3855) I considered running out part of the way towards Tzomet Etziyona to extend my run to 11-12km, because I was havign such a good run, but then decided not to - I needed to get back, and decided to be happy with what would probably turn out to be just a whisker over 10km.

With some minor adjustments that I was not even paying attention to or intending, I ended up finishing at 11km.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday Night Special

consecutive day running #18...

Not a bad run for a Saturday night, but not great. Pace was slow, ala recovery runs, distance was good - 8km.

The run started off poorly. It started with a kink in my right ankle.. as that finally started to disappear, suddenly my left knee started hurting. I even had to stop to shake it out a bit, while considering to bail on the run and give it up. I decided to keep going and see if it would go away, and it did pretty quickly.

I ran across Kishon tonight, and then did a full loop around RBS, totaling 8km.

By the end of the run it was already pretty good. I was feeling good. As I was nearing the finish line I was considering doing another loop, but decided not to. I probably would not be able to run tomorrow morning if I had.

Friday, December 2, 2016

a running window appeared

consecutive day 17 is in the books with a very pleasant 11.5km. This weeks total mileage totals 64.5km - that is marathon training range (the low end), but I am not even close to that..

As you know, I went out early this morning and got rained out. I did not know if I was going to be able to make it up later or not. After running some errands, the weather seemed pretty decent at around 9:45 and I decided to go for it.

I was planning to make it a short run of about 7km, but once I was outside running it just seemed to pleasant I wanted to keep going. I considered replanning it for 14-15, but then decided that was too ambitious, and retooled my route for about 11-12km.

The weather was chilly but dry. The challenges were different running during the day - puddles, mud, more sidewalk because more cars on the roads, the cars on the roads, more people to avoid...

For about the last kilometer I had to run through a light rain, but that was ok. I bumped into another runner and we ran together for part of that last kilometer and a half or so...

And, while out running, I saw a situation of a large tree branch that had fallen on an eruv wire. I called one of the eruv people and described the location and situation. They went out very quickly to fix it. So, I was able to do a good deed in the process! It must have been min hashamayim for me to be able to go out and run just to discover that eruv problem!

rain delay

chances are high that my running streak is going to come to an end today. I woke up to a dry street. Moments after going outside to run a very cold and unpleasant rain begain to come down, so I went back inside.

I'll give it a bit of time and then try again..

Thursday, December 1, 2016

still no rain, so still running

I really expected that today would put an end to my streak of  consecutive running days. The forecast was calling for heavy rains on Thursday and Friday, and I expected to wake up to too much rain to run in.

I woke up to clear starry skies and put my running shoes back on and headed out..

7.5km at a slow pace. I am hoping that tomorrow will also be runnable weather and I can get a "long" run in, so I kept it short today, though I had initially planned on 6-6.5km.

This makes it 16 consecutive days running!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

avoided the rain with 10km

15th consecutive day running, in the books.

today was a bit of a challenge. the weather forecast has been saying that today would be 3 consecutive days of heavy rains and a significant drop in temperatures. I don't really mind getting caught in the rain, but I don't lik e going out when it is raining, especially raining heavily. Especially if I am not training for a marathon and therefore don't have to be out there risking getting sick.

So, when I woke up to see that it was raining, I was not sure what to do. While getting ready to runand trying to decide, it suddenly seemed to stop. I jumped at my rainless window and went out. once I was outside I could tell the rain had been really light and just sounded more serious because I had been hearing it through the leaves and trees outside my window.

Another challenge was that my watch did not turn on. I dont really need the watch to run but I like to keep track of my distance. Also, not having the watch means I have to run only on routes that I know the relevant distances. Then I remembered I could use Endomondo on my phone to track it, so all was good.

It turned out to be a great run. I ran 10km through the neighborhood at a decent pace. I started with my stretch across Kishon, and then decided to run a loop back around RBS. WHen I got to the corner of Hayarden-Dolev I went up to Dolev for a loop around Dolev, and then instead of finishing the loop around RBS, when I got back to Dolev-Hayarden I went back to do the first half of the circle and went back the same way I had come, giving me a small amount of extra distance to complete 10km.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Beautiful weather makes for a great run

When I went to bed last night my plans for this morning were to run 6-7km, considering that I had run 10km yesterday.

I woke up this morning feeling great and when I went outside the temperature and weather were just so perfect that I decided to see if I could run for longer - I just wanted to stay outside and enjoy.

I ended up running 10.5km - across Kishon and then up Hayarqon and out on Road 10 (3855) until the 375 then back.

A little bit slower than I expected, but, as said, longer than planned. And with such beautiful weather, how could it be anything but great?

Monday, November 28, 2016

if not now, when?

I planned to run 10km, and I did run 10km. But it wasn't easy.

One mistake was wearing a long sleeved shirt. I was too warm. I had expected another cold morning and figured it prudent to wear a long sleeved shirt considering the cold I seem to have contracted in the past couple of days. But it wasn't cold and I felt too warm.

Besides for that I ran down Tzeelim and back up. Up was difficult and slow. I then ran across Kishon, and at the end had to push myself to add on enough to achieve the 10km rather than take the easy route of stopping at 9km which was right near my house..

So, 10km was an achievement, but it was not a great run.

13 consecutive days running. I also almost decided to skip today and take  arest day/.. I have some raw spots on my feet and figured my legs can use a rest as can these raw spots on my feet. I don't think they are from running, but I figured resting my feet could only help. The problem is that the forecast calls for rain the second half of the week, so i feel like I need to get my runs in now, in case I can't get them in later...

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday morning recovery

on the 12th day of running.... have to come up with some lyrics..

7km this morning. I tried running in a long sleeved shirt and was warm, maybe too warm, but it also chafed me in a few strange places.

Ran across Kishon and then up Hayarqon, and up Hayarden until Refaim and then back. Today's run felt more, in my legs, like a recovery run then last night's run - maybe because of the small amount of time between the Saturday night run and the Sunday morning run.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Recovery Run

still going strong.. tonight was a nice 8km run. it was actually a pretty good run for a Saturday night. Decent distance, decent pace. Ran across Kishon and then a circuit around RBS, totaling 8km.

No pit stops, legs felt like Saturday night, but not as worn out as usual.

tonight made it 11 consecutive days running

Friday, November 25, 2016

closing a long distance week

Today was going to be a tough run, because  I had to go to sleep last night. I had to go to the airport, then a memorial service in memory of one of the victims of a terrorist attack 2 years ago, then an engagement part for the daughte rof a neighbor, and then I had to also work. So I figured I would not get up as early as I would hope to to get a long run in.

And that's what happened. I woke up early enough but was too tired. I reset my alarm twice, and eventually forced myself out.

I ended up running 12km at a decent pace. The wind was bad but not as bad as it was the past couple of days. it was much colder though.

I was worried about air quality because of the fires raging throughout the country, but there are none in the immediate area of Bet Shemesh. Funnily enough, while normally Bet Shemesh has one of the worst levels of air quality in the country, right now we very well might have one of the best levels.

10 consecutive days running. This weeks 7 runs from Saturday night until today give me a total of 58km for the week!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

a very moving 7km

this whole week has been one big windstorm and each day had stronger winds than the day before.

I went out today for a short run and the wind was horrible. I even actually felt it physically move me a number of times.

Somehow I still had a strong run, significanltly faster than any of my other runs this week. Mayvbe because the portions where the wind was to my back it pushed me forward stronger than during any of my previous runs this week. Maybe that more than made up for the hindrance it performed when the wind was to my face.

Anyways, I ran 7km and felt great... Hopefully I'll finish the week strong tomorrow...