Monday, May 21, 2018

slow 7

I just got a slow 7km run in, and it felt like the slowest I have run in a very long time, and I have run pretty slow pretty often pretty recently. So this was very slow.

Nothing felt right, including some pain, bad breathing, a lot of discomfort. The run was a chore. Hopefully a messed up schedule because of Shvuos is to blame. I did not sleep well last night, and that is pretty normal right after Shvuos. Hopefully I get back on schedule pretty quickly and everything gets back to normal.

Friday, May 18, 2018

concluding 5km

worn out from a long and tiring day yesterday, I woke up early having planned a long run, but it wasnt meant to be. too tired. I went back to sleep without even resetting my alarm.

An hour and a half later I woke up and though still tired and feeling worn out I decided to go out and run.

The only remaining problem was that there is another sharav right now with extreme heat and dry winds. So between that and my lack of energy, it seemed only a short run would be in my cards for today.

I loped around my regular course for a lazy 5km run. I felt completely baked from the heat, but I got the run in.

Thus concludes my 36 day running streak. Maybe after shvuos I'll start another streak, with no holidays in sight for a couple of months, or maybe I'll just get back to running on a normal schedule. We'll see

This weeks run totaled 49km.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

slow 5 on day 35

if I counted right today was day 35 of my running streak. That will come to an end tomorrow, assuming I run tomorrow, as Saturday night is the Shvuos holiday and I will not be able to run.

This morning I ran 5km. My son ran with me again. He woke up early to do so, after I wouldnt run with him last night because I was too tired and it was too late.

The weather was nice. I made sure to keep it short so as to not hurt my chances for a good long run tomorrow. I also ran it intentionally slow, though I probably couldnt have run much faster even if I tried.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

lousy decent 10.5km

It felt like a lousy run right away. I was feeling heavy from a late heavy dinner last night and a little sore as well. I was running slow and just felt uncomfortable. While having planned a 9-10km run, I considered dropping it at 5-6.. At the 5 mark I needed a pit stop and the suddenly I felt a little better and decided to go a little further. As I continued I got a little stronger and stronger and it just felt like a much better run. I finished at 10.5km - the first half lousy and the second half decent.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"fast" 8.5km

great run today.. Felt really good. As soon as I started I said to myself I would go a little further today and get a little more distance. I ended with 8.5km at a good strong pace. The air was cool and the sky was overcast. It looks like it will rain but it did not feel like rain coming.

I used Endomondo today and I was surprised by the results. The distance was measured differently, with the kilometer markers being a bit before Runkeeper marked them. The difference was not big though, so no big deal. There was a big difference in the speed/pace measuring. With Endomondo today I ran an average pace 40 seconds per kilometer faster than what i average with Runkeeper. There is a chance I just had a fast run today, but it did not feel particularly fast when I was running it - the run felt kind of average in that regard.

Monday, May 14, 2018

early 7

early morning 7km. Nice cool air. Felt great when I started but a couple kilometers in I started to feel sore and slowed down a bit.

Runkeeper app crashed again, right at the 5km mark this time, making that at least the third time in the past two weeks. If I cant rely on it to keep track of my distance, it is time to switch apps. I'll be going back to  endomondo for now. I have taken a liking to Runkeeper, and I know Endomondo does not have a couple of the features I lie in Runkeeper,  but so be it.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

tough 5

today was the kind of run I totally would have just skipped, if not for my running streak, which has to come to an end this week anyway, the latest on Shabbos because of the "two day holiday", if not before.

everything felt stiff and difficult. I just forced myself to do it and get it over with, and kept it to my minimum of 5km.

My runkeeper crashed after just 1.3km, so I have no idea as to my pace

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Motzash 8

I was expecting a recovery run. It was more solid than my normal recovery run, but the speed was about right, though I thought I was running faster and when I heard Runkeeper tell me my pace I was a little surprised, considering how solid it felt.

I finished at 8km, 4 of which I ran with my son. It was a nice cool night, and I ran across Kishon, up Kayarqon and back, with some extensions to bump up the distance a bit

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday the 14th

good solid run even though I wasnt really feeling the groove. I got in 14km but I went out not knowing what I would run. I knew I was not looking to increase my distance from previous weeks and get a really long run in, but I also was looking for more than a short run. I took it by ear and feel. Even though I wasnt feeling great and had some minor aches and pains throughout the run, I evaluated at each stage whether I should continue for some more or come to an end.

I ran across Kishon, up Hayarqon, up Hayarden to Dolev, around Dolev twice and then back down Hayarden and Hayarqon, with some extra bits...

14km seemed like a good point at which to conclude my run

As always, I count my running week as Saturday night through Friday, so this running week totaled 8 runs and 63km

Thursday, May 10, 2018

tight 5

my legs felt stiff, so it was a tough run, but I got 5km in.
Considering I ran twice yesterday, including last night, and I want to run a somewhat long run tomorrow, I was determined to keep this run short. It really wasnt a problem considering how stiff I felt, though once I hit 4km I was tempted to suffer through and stretch the run to 6 or 7. Just because. I forced myself to end at 5, as clearer thinking returned.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2nd of the day 5.3km

this was weird. My son wanted to run with me after dinner. How could I say no? And now I think I need to try running twice a day every now and then..

I was just going to run 3km with him, as he doesnt run regularly, but then I wasnt sure if I could count that as a run, being so short. So I figured I'll judge it base don how he's doing, but I would try for 5. He was doing ok, though clearly at the end he was struggling a little bit. We finished at 5.3km and had a good run.

medium 10

I actually went out today without thinking about a plan for what i was going to run. I just went with the default 5-7. Once I started running I realized it is Wednesday and if I want to get a "medium" distance run in, this is the only day for that. So, I decided right then that I would run 10km.

The weather was great, but for the first time in a while I felt actual soreness in my leg muscles - not the normal feeling of my legs feeling tired or heavy, but actual soreness, as if I ran a marathon, though not even close to that bad.Just sore muscles from running more distance - clearly not from running too fast. So I took it slow and careful.

I ran across Kishon then up Hayarqon, then across Hayarden to the top by Dolev and then back around to home, finishing at just over 10km.,..

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

uncomfy 7.5

I went out planning to run 7, and I ended up running 7.5km. The story is in the middle. The weather is great, the air is cool, but I wasnt feeling great. I was running fine and strong and everything mechanically felt fine, but I just felt uncomfortable. I thought that I might just quit it at 5 or so km, as I just wasnt feeling right - maybe it was the potato chips I ate last night - but after I hit 5 I just kept going and stretched it out and then decided to extend my run a bit. So it didnt feel like the greatest of runs, but it actually was pretty good

Monday, May 7, 2018

wet 7km

I am not a big fan of running in the rain, but it isnt so bad. The forecast has rain coming later today, so I expected this to be a dry run. When I went outside I knew the rain was coming - it was muggy, humid, overcast and clearly imminent. Shortly into the run the air became a bit misty with light dops and moisture, but still no rain. After the 4km mark, it started thundering and even lightning a bit, and I knew I'd get caught in it

Sure enough, just a bit later it started raining nicely and I finished my run at 7km, the last 1km or so in a steady rainfall. Despite it being muggy and wet, I had a good solid run. Everything felt good, and my pace was slightly better than the past couple of days...

For having just turned into a great uncle and I should be feeling old, marking my 25th consecutive day running felt pretty good

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday 7

went out feeling pretty good but expecting a Sunday morning recovery run after another decent Motzash run. For a recovery run it was a pretty good one. It was slower than last night's run, but nto as painful as a recovery run normally is.

Anyways, beautiful weather and I got 7km in. My Runkeeper app actually crashed at 5.52km, and I dont know why, but based on my distances and turning points I probably got more like 7.25 or so, so I will call it 7.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Motzash 7km

I expected a lousy Motzash recovery run but it wasnt so bad. Until early Shabbos afternoon my legs still felt sluggish and heavy. After my Shabbos afternoon nap things felt somewhat better.. by the time I went out to run I felt pretty good. Still a slow run but not bad at all and overall it felt pretty good. I got in a nice 7km run and thankfully the temps dropped and was a bit better than last weeks runs..

Friday, May 4, 2018

hot 16.5km

That was a hot run but I got in slightly more than I had planned. I was hoping to have enough energy for a 15+km run and concluded my run at 16.5km. Despite the heat I was fine and felt good, even though I did not bring water along. I only felt the lack of water near the very end of the run, though the last 3 or so kilometers were at a slower pace than the rest of the run... It was a slow run but a really good run.
And thus concludes another week of running

That totals 55.75km for the week of running and today has been my 22nd consecutive day of running.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

6.6km Lag Run

The heat was oppressive, the air smelt burnt, the air was thick. At least there was the occasional mild breeze.

6.6km on Lag b'Omer morning. Good solid slow run in crazy weather.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

obligatory 5

I probably should have just stayed in bed for another hour, and I knew it at the time. I just felt obligated to get up and run.  I didnt even enjoy it. Just went out there and did it, despite being so tired and felt a bit worn down. I intentionally kept it short at 5km. Weather was pleasant temperatures but surprisingly windy.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

nice 10

This morning's run was nice, though it was unexpectedly warm and muggy with little air movement. The sky was hazy and overcast. I got in a nice pleasant 10km run, albeit slow and steady. Everything felt good today. was aiming for 8-9 and ended with 10, so that's a good start to the day.

Monday, April 30, 2018

lousy 5

a lousy 5km run this morning, but a run nonetheless. I was kind of hoping to get in 8 today, but everything just hurt and nothing was in sync. I could have forced myself but I felt it was better to just stop  at 5. Save it for another day

Sunday, April 29, 2018

6.4km post recovery

got in a good 6.4km run this morning. I thought so soon after last night's run that this woujld be slow and I'd feel tired and heavy legs but I felt great and it always surprises me that this works in this way and so soon after a recovery run I can run again at a decent speed

Saturday, April 28, 2018

6.25km recovery

Got a good slow recovery run in tonight. 6.25km. Nothing exciting or unexpected. just running

Friday, April 27, 2018

surprising 14.5

strange morning. I woke up very early to run, but got a little bit of a late start. it just took me longer to get ready than normal, even taking into account that I was watching the last few innings of the Cubs game (they won!).

I finally got out, planning to run about 13km and found myself just not feeling it. I was slow but also disinterested and just not in my normal groove. The weather was great and the sky was turning a beautiful blue dotted with small white clouds, so I decided to try to force myself to 9-10km, all in the neighborhood, and that would be enough.

By the time I was pushing 8km I decided to just add on going out on the 10 to the 375 and back and that should give me about 13, maybe 13.5km. So I did. At the end of the 10 I expended it a bit for a good spot for a pit stop, and then ran back. At the end my run concluded at 14.5km, and I am not sure where I miscalculated. I never really got into a groove. It was slow going all the way. I ran, I finished. I exceeded my expectations.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

6.3 average km

got a little late start but was pleasantly surprised to be able to run. The forecasts had expected early morning thunderstorms scheduled for just when I normally run. Blue skies told me otherwise, so out I went. I ran 6.3km and even got to see Tzvi in the process. Last week I made the mistake of running a relatively fast 10km on Thursday but then on Friday I felt lousy. Hopefully keeping the run today to average will allow me to have a good long run tomorrow - and hopefully the weather will allow it as well.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

humid 6.5km

I woke up early but was very tired. Thankfully I was conscious enough to consider that if I go back to sleep I might not be able to run at all today because I wont have time at least until early afternoon and th eforecast is calling for serious rains On the other hand, I was too tired and tempted to say, go back to sleep and see what happens later, later. I decided to get up and go out.

I got in a nice run, though it was a bit humid. I had been planning for a short run anyway, but at some point decided to extend it just a bit and concluded my run at 6.5km.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

7km slow

7km on a nice morning run. I planned for 5, then extended it to 6, then extended it to 7. Was a bit slow but not horrible and it felt good rather than laborious so I just kept at it.

Monday, April 23, 2018

10km on a Monday morning

If you think I missed out my run today and broke my streak of consecutive running days, you would be wrong. I did wake up early to run but felt very tired and decided to go back to sleep for another hour. When I got up t was too late to run, so that was that. Happily I was able to get the run in after taking care of some work and personal matters, and before the sun got too hot in the day.

I ran 10km in the beautiful sunny weather with still coolish, though warming, air. A little bit slower than I expected, but a good steady and solid run.

Sunday, April 22, 2018


got in a tired but solid 5km run this morning. The temps were a bit chillier than expected, with some raindrops in the air. Thought abut waiting for a possible mid-day run but being unsure of both my availability for such a run today and the forecast for rain, I figured a less strong run is better than no run...

Saturday, April 21, 2018

8.5 Motzash

8.5km Motzash run. Felt much better than on Friday. Had a good, smooth, slow run but felt good all the way

Friday, April 20, 2018

slow 5

that was a lousy run, but at least I ran. Right when I got up I knew it wouldn't be good. I felt tired, not even sleepy, just tired and heavy and lethargic. It took me a much longer time to get ready to go out. When I finally got out I felt heavy, I felt the bbq from yesterday, and my whole body felt tired. I was running at a slower pace than I remember running ever.

But I ran.

I cut it short at 5km rather than stretch out the longish run I was planning to run and expecting, but at least I ran.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A celebratory 10km

after waking up early t run, I somehow went back to sleep. I dont even remember choosing to do so, so I am not sure what happened. WHen I woke up much later, I thought to myself that I would not be able to run, as it is already too late and soon it will be too hot. Then I realized that with no work today and no need to rush to get the kids out to school, because of Yom Haatzmaut, I could still go out for a run with no time constraints. So I did.

And I did not even have a distance plan. I figured I'll just run until I am finished. So I did.

I was enjoying the run, the sun, the good weather. The temps were reasonable but already getting a bit warm, and my pace was mostly decent. So I just kept going. I finished my run at 10km. I am not sure how this will affect tomorrow's long run, but anyways I was thinking of pulling back a bit on the distance this week and keeping it below last week's high of 15, so maybe I'll stick to that plan and even drop the distance a little more. I guess I'll decide tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

8 on 8

I woke up nice and early today and had enough time for a good run with slightly more distance. While listening to the last few innings of the Cubs game (which they lost), I ran 8.5km, starting with my run across Kishon and Hayarden and then climbing Hayarqon and partially up Hayarden until turning around and heading back.

The air felt a little warmer today for so early in the morning, but it was still pleasant.

I havent looked back, but this seems to me to be my 8th consecutive day running, so 8ish km seems appropriate

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


another 6km run. felt good. legs were a little tired but much less than the past couple of days. cant ask for more than this - the ability to run a bit in great weather on a beautiful morning with fresh air

Monday, April 16, 2018

6 for 6

I was looking forward to running 8-9km this morning, expecting my legs to feel strong and fresh after yesterday's recovery run. In reality they felt like lead bricks and running was relatively difficult and felt forced. I cut it short at 6km. I did just realize that that if I am counting right this is now my 6th consecutive day of running.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

getting hot

Looking at the forecast I see the increasing temperatures has this week being a pretty hot one. I am going to have to make sure I run early and not count on mid-day runs...

sunny 6

I actually planned on running this morning, even though I ran last night. I set my alarm to get up early for a run. Unfortunately I slept really poorly last night and despite waking up early to run I was just too tired. I thought that was it, but somehow in the middle of the day some time cleared up and I had an opportunity to get a short run in. I probably should have laid down for a nap, but I decided to run.

I got 6km in, but it was very slow. It actually felt like a recovery run, much more so than last night's run. I dont mind the speed. Considering how tired I was, plus the mid-day heat, I was just happy to be out in the sun stretching my legs..

Saturday, April 14, 2018

5km recovery

got a really good 5km recovery run in. only 1 pit stop but besides for that everything felt great and strong

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday long

I almost didn't run today. I mean, when I went to bed last night I planned on getting up early for a long run, but when I woke up I really did not want to run. I woke up early and was feeling really tired and lazy. After going through part of my morning routine I decided to go back to bed for a little bit longer and see if that would give me some extra oomph. I woke up about half an hour later and felt a little better, less tired, but still was feeling kind of lazy. After wasting some time I decided to go out anyway, since I was up, but it would be for a shorter than planned long run - I figured if I ran 14.5km last week, I would go out today for maybe a 12-13km run. That is respectable but also taking it easy. And I admit that once I got outside to start running I even considered keeping it as short as 5-6km!

Putting all that aside, once I started running I felt great. I had no energy problems, no strenuous running or discomfort or anything like that. I did not push hard and had a nice run, but I felt fine and the early morning weather was great. I abandoned my thoughts of keeping the run down to 5 or so km, and figured 12 was fairly realistic.

I changed my route a bit, leaving RBS but thinking that instead of running out all the way to Tzomet Etziona and back, I would detour through the Mishkafayim neighborhood and then head out on the highway without needing to go quite as far.
Once I was out on the highway, I decided I wanted to check if the gazelle I saw dead in the road last week was still out there. So I did not run out to the Etziona Junction but I ran out pretty close to it. And no, the gazelle is gone.

By the time I was nearly finished I saw I was already pushing 14km, so I figred I might as well. I extended myself just a bit more and detoured a little at the end and finished at 15km, for my longest run since my return.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


8.5km at an easy relaxed pace. After early morning rains, everything was slick, muddy and slippery so I played it safe and ran easy.

Monday, April 9, 2018

sweaty 5

this morning I got a little bit of a late start so I only had enough time for 5km, though I would have liked to run 7-8. Oh well.

The run itself was good. Air was fresh and cool and I felt strong. I got a good sweat from this run.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

you cant avoid a recovery run

With the holiday immediately followed by Shabbos, my last run was a long run on Thursday morning. 3 days later, Sunday morning, I figured my legs would feel very fresh and I would get a strong run. Lesson learned. You cannot avoid a recovery run.

I went out for my run and my legs felt heavy and tired. I ended up squeezing out a bit more than 7km, but it was not easy. With this out of the way, maybe tomorrow's run will be stronger.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

leaving the hood

Today was a big day. For the first time in a very long time I ran out of the neighborhood. That is a big psychological step.

I was planning to run between 12 and 13km, depending on how the later km would feel. I started with my usual "cross kishon" route, and then decided to run out of RBS to the 375, exact distance depending.

I ended up running all the way out to Etziona Junction and then back. Everything felt great so I just kept going. My total distance ended at 14.5km. For most of it my pace was decent, though the last 2-3km were significantly slower.

I went out a little later than usual and today is a little hotter than usual, so the later km were both at the tail end of my abilities but also in hotter temperatures. Overall, a great run with great progress made.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

fast 5

Because we went away for a few days this week will not be the great running week I expected. Rather, it will be pretty average.

Despite it being an average running week, today was a great running day.

I woke up early for no particular reason, because I forgot to turn off my alarm. After the trip I was so tired that I figured I'd sleep a little later than usual and then go for a late run, being in no rush for anything in particular. So I woke up early, but still tried to avoid going for a run. I tried to go back to sleep, to no avail, and after a while I just figured I might as well go out for a run. So I did.

As soon as I started I just felt explosive. Without any unusual effort I noticed my pace was significantly better than usual. And I was able to keep it up. And my pace stayed the same. I ran 5km at a significantly better and stronger pace than normal, and only in kilometer #5 did I feel like I had to work a bit to keep that pace. I cut it at 5 because I want to go for a longer run tomorrow, since Friday is holiday and can't run then.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

another 5

got in a good 5km this morning , I unintentionally woke up early so went to daven early and then went for a run. A nice pleasant cool morning for a pleasant run.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

post holiday 5

got in a good and relaxed 5km run tonight after the holiday. I took it easy, with being a bit under the weather and a combo of a regular Motzash plus the holiday with overeating and all that matza...

Friday, March 30, 2018

pre holiday run

I thought all was lost for today and that I should have run yesterday. Friday, being erev pesach, was looking to be too busy a day for a run and I had to be out early for an event I had to go to. So suddenly I found myself regretting not running Thursday. Happily I returned form the event early enough that I could go out for a run and the weather was chilly but decent as the rain took a pause for a while.

So out I went, unsure of what distance I would run but hoping I could extend my distance to 9km.

The run was good and I felt strong and my pace was good. And I just kept going and decided I could even beat 9. I finished my run at 10, though I felt like I could have gone more, so that is good. I also beat most of the chametz burning so didn't suffer form the smoke and poor air quality, though the end of my run passed  a few chametz fires just starting up.

Have a happy and kosher pesach and I hope to get a good week of running in to burn off too much holiday food.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

rainy 5

I woke up early to run but this Pesach cleaning is finally getting to me. I was so tired that I decided I was not going to run. I went back to bed to try to get a little more sleep, but that wasn't meant to be. Eventually I decided that since I am up anyway I might as well go run. So I did.

After finally getting my act together I went out to run only to discover that it was raining. A light rain, but still rain, and it was a steady rain. I turned around to go back in and again decided that I am already out I might as well run, though I would keep it short.

I ended up running 5.35km in the steady light rain and it was a good run. The rain was even pleasant.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tuesday 8

felt pretty good out there this morning, but I did not push it or make it a strenuous run. I ran an easy paced 8.25km, enjoying both the pace and he cool air. If I feel good again on tomorrow's run maybe I'll make more of an effort for a stronger pace.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday 5

I promise, I was not planning on running today. After a late meal celebrating a kids birthday and going to sleep late, and after a motzash run, I really was not planning on running this morning. But I woke up early, so what's a guy to do??? I had to go for a run.

Running today was slow but basically felt good. Ended it at 5km, taking everything into consideration.

I will try to not run tomorrow.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Motzash 8

for a Motzash run this was pretty good. Slow, but good. i felt good, felt strong, had no problems, and definitely not the typical uncomfortable Saturday night run.

I expected a 4-5km run, keeping it short as I often do on Motzash, but I felt good right from the start and no discomfort at all in any way, so i decided to keep going. In the end I finished at 8km, feeling good the entire way. It might be time to extend my distance a little more.

Friday, March 23, 2018

tired run

What started out as not great or promising ended up as not so bad.

I woke up early to run but was really tired. I assume this was from a combination of my cold, the heat (we are having a strange heat wave right now) and the change to DST in the middle of the night meaning I had one less hour of sleep. After lethargically preparing to head out, I finally started my run, not expecting much.

 I was running so slow and was so tired, I just assumed that when I hit 4km I would just finish my run there (the 4km marker on my route is very near my house) and call it a day. I hit 4km and decided to do 5. And then suddenly I felt a little better, despite the dry and hotter air. My run got a little stronger, still painfully slow but a little stronger and I kept going, despite this portion being uphill up Hayarqon. I ran up to nearly the top of the hill and then turned around. On the way back I decided to continue a bit more and ran back through the Merkaz before turning around.

In the end I finished my run at 7.5km

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

sun run

I caught a bad cold and because I wasn't feeling well I overslept this morning late enough that it was too late to run.

I had wanted to run today and not run tomorrow, and waking up late threw a wrench into that. Now should I run tomorrow instead or just wait until Friday?

Some free time late morning resolved the problem and I was able to get in a 5km run. It started off great and I was even running at a good pace, until about 4km and then suddenly I felt worn out. Probably a combination of both the heat and my being a bit under the weather. I had considered running 7 but decided to end it at 5. The heat makes it tough but I love running in the sun.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

good 5

wasn't feeling great but had a good run. 5km on a beautiful morning before it gets too hot. I felt like I could go much farther but I decided to not stretch it.

Sunday, March 18, 2018


I thought about 48 hours of rest would give my legs time to be fresh and my body to re-energize, but today's run was a struggle. I finished at 4.3km because of it. I guess despite the 2 full days of rest since my Friday run, it was still a real recovery run. Now with this behind me, my legs will get their energy back.

Friday, March 16, 2018

slow 8

I increased my distance again, though not by much.

Today I ran 8km (just over, but only by a little), but it was very slow. Right away I felt my legs wouldnt hold up to a good pace. Running every day this week has taken its toll, and next week I will have to make sure to take a couple days off.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

slightly slower 6.5

great early morning run. I knew that later in the day would most likely not be possible today, so I made sure to run early.

I started out running hard again at a better pace, but by kilometer number 4 I started to slow down. My legs just felt tired. I made up for it by extending my run a little bit, concluding at 6.5km. My overall pace was still significantly better than what my average pace has been for a while already, but not as good as the past few days.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


mid-day 5km run. Beautiful sunny skies, a bit warmer than I had expected.

I ran hard again, third day in a row. Felt good, though by the end I was a little wiped out and slowing down. Third day in a row of improved pace. Will slow down again before I speed up more.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

finishing the day with a run

running this morning didnt work out, and I was hoping for mid-day but it just didnt work out. It was one of those days that nothing really went right. I should have made time in the middle of the day, just to clear my head and get a fresh start, but I didnt.

Finally late afternoon an opportunity presented itself and I just went out for a 5km run.

I ran as hard as I could, for the second day in a row, and it felt really good. Hopefully it will help the rest of the day end better.

Monday, March 12, 2018


I woke up this morning and decided to not run. Not for any good reason. I wanted to but it was a little later than normal, and I thought it would be good to have a day of rest after 2 days of running. So I didn't run.

Then a confluence of events gave me the opportunity for a mid-morning short run and I just could not resist the call of the beautiful sunny blue skies.

I wet out and ran hard, t a better pace, but it was painful, good painful, and got 4km in. I was still looking for anywhere for another 1-3km, but I got a work call. I stopped running and went walking from there. about 15-20 minutes later it finished and I continued running, but I  was really already done. I finished at 6km, but about 1 or so km of it was walking.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday too, not 2

Good start to the week. I usually will run on either Saturday night after Shabbos or Sunday morning, but not both. This week I already ran last night and just finished another run this morning.

It was a little chillier than I expected but a beautiful sunny morning with crisp air and a beautiful blue sky. I got in a 5km run and am ready to start my day!

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Decent short Motzash run. Started off not feeling great but after about half a kilometer I settled in and the rest of the way went pretty well. I kept it short and hope to have another run tomorrow morning

Friday, March 9, 2018

Jerusalem Marathon Day

today is Jerusalem Marathon day. Obviously I am not running in the marathon, but in honor of the marathon I wore an old Jerusalem Marathon running shirt when I went out to run this morning. Also, I added significantly to my distance.

Beautiful weather and I felt good, finishing my run at 7.5km. I didnt feel like I was pushing myself beyond my capabilities. It felt good and natural. I ran across Kishon and then up Hayarqon to Hayarden. On Hayarden I ran some extensions and then back down to my house.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

short 4

This morning I went out intentionally planning to run a shorter run.... and I stuck to the plan.

I kept today's run to 4km, again in beautiful weather, wonderful to be outside, blah blah blah.

Runing too much, even short distances, is a sure way to reinjure the injury I just recovered from, and I have to be more careful about that. Tomorrow I will probably not run at all and then go out on Friday for a nice run.

We'll see what happens

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

up to 6

Today was a 6km day. I dont know why, but while I was out there I just decided I can extend it a bit and after I did I saw that I was set to finish at about 5.6km so I figured I'll just bump it up to 6.

Fabulous weather, felt good, happy to be out getting some fresh air and exercise

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday morning 5

I'm getting there.

This morning's 5km run felt good. Slower than my last two 5km runs but still felt good. Another one or two of these and I'll be ready to extend myself a little more and maybe work on 7km.

Nothing unusual. Great weather. Wonderful to be outside. A lousy Saturday night run (even if done on Saturday morning) is still better than no run, and this wasn't even a lousy Saturday night run but a decent one. Ran across Kishon with an extension on Hayarden, then back and down to the Gimmel bridge circle and back home.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Shushan Purim run

Another 5km run is in the bag, though this one was more difficult. My legs felt tired and the run felt a bit like a struggle. I was going to bail at 4km because of it but because I only got a distannce notification at 4.3km I figured I might as well scrape out 5

Pretty good running week for just getting back into it. I ran 6 days out of the week, only missing Taanis Esther

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Purim morning run

Everything worked the way it was supposed to today, on this Purim morning run. And I ran 5km.

Runkeeper worked, both tracking me the right distances (and I'll assume the right speed) and it gave me the notifications at the right times. My legs worked. My breathing worked. The weather worked. All is good.

I ran my regular route, across Kishon with an extension on Hayarden, and then back down to the bridge at the beginning of Hayarqon, and then back to home, totalling 5km.

My strength felt good and I think my pace showed me that I am back to my running strength, and now I have to build up my stamina and distance again. Another run or two at this pace and strength and I'll be able to start working on increasing my distance.

Purim Sameach

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

pre-Purim running

yesterday was a rainy day when I woke up so I decided to give my comeback a day off to rest my legs. Later in the day I had no time for a run, so that was that.

This morning I woke up and it was pouring, but I really wanted to run today. So I got a short mid-day run in instead. The weather turned decent and when I had a chance I went out.

I got in about 4.5km. Endomondo was not doing a good job tracking me, so I extended the run a bit to try to bump it over 4. Endomondo still finished at about 3.7 but base don all my extensions I either broke 4.5 or got very close to it. I just went through the settings and it seems both Endomondo and Runkeeper were set on battery saver, so it seems they stopped tracking in the middle. I will pay attention next time to see if anything is better with either app now that I adjusted that.

The running is getting better. I pushed myself more this time and rather than just relaxing through the run I pushed myself to run a little faster whenever I caught myself taking it easy.

Being just before Purim with all the kids walking around the neighborhood in their Purim costumes (best I saw while out on my run was Donald Trump with a phalanx of FBI agents and a large American flag), I'm thinking I should dress up as a runner for Purim

Sunday, February 25, 2018

4 sunny km

fourth day in a row.

I got in a mid-morning 4km run in beautiful weather. Legs felt a little better - no longer like I just ran a marathon but still a little sore.  Still difficult but a little better each time.

I got in 4km and Endomondo tracked me correctly. I still have to go through the settings as when I finished it gave me a message about how it lost 5 minutes of time somewhere and it might be because of GPS settings. I dont really care about the time, as long as it tracks the distance properly, but I'll look at the settings anyway.

I ran the whole 4km with breaks, walking or stopping. Still difficult, but getting there. A couple more runs like this and I'll be fine and then I'll start increasing my distance a bit.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

no stopping

3 days in a row. Kept it short, out of necessity and out of caution. I ran about 4km (maybe just slightly under) - Runkeeper app only logged it as just 3.1km and I don't know why. I might go back to Endomondo now because of these recent inaccuracies.

I am seeing progress. Despite my legs still feeling like having just ran a marathon, this run tonight was slow but without any stopping, unlike my previous two runs. I was not feeling fully in sync and my breathing wasn't great, but I went the whole 4km or so without stopping, so there's that.

Friday, February 23, 2018

short four or none at all

got in a short and slow, but majorly distracted, 4km run this morning. Runkeeper somehow only tracked about 800 meters of it and I dont know why, so maybe it is as if I did not run at all. When I started, my legs felt like yesterday they had run a marathon, but once I got going they felt good.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

short run brings me back

I think I am back, but there is a long road ahead of me..

Recovery has taken far longer than it should have, but hopefully I will now be running again regularly.
My injury turned out to be a strained or inflamed Iliapsoas (a muscle in the hip flexor). After a few rounds of treatments with anti-inflammatory pills, the doctor finally gave me the go ahead to start running and exercising again (even though it is not yet 100% better), but he said not to go full out fast right away, but t to take it slow. I chuckled because even my full out running fast is pretty much taking it slow.

Today was the day to get back out there. I planned to do a short and slow run just to see how it feels. I went outside to discover that it had rained and was still misty and drizzling. I thought about going back in, figuring I dont want to slip or even just run in the rain, especially for a meaningless 3km run that is just to see how I feel. I can do it tomorrow.

Then I decided I am out already and, as Nike says, just do it.

So I did.

I ran 3.4km across Kishon at a very slow pace, and I had to stop a couple of times, but I did it. It is amazing how after just a few months of not running I suddenly feel so weak that even a slow 3km was difficult, but I also know that after a few runs like this my fitness will return quickly.

My leg felt fine. No pain. Hopefully I'll go out tomorrow for another short run.