Tuesday, August 14, 2018

good 6

I thought today would be short and slow, but it went better than expected, even without trying hard.

Endomondo crashed again, this time just after 5km. I ran 6km, at a pretty good pace. Just a couple seconds off of the pace I ran yesterday. I noticed when I checked my distance after turning. I did my calculation as to where I should turn to finish the run at 6km and then saw that Endomondo had crashed a couple of minutes earlier. So I did not lose more than a bit, unlike other runs where I only noticed after a few kilometers.

Monday, August 13, 2018

gr8 run

After a few days off of running, I went out today and got an 8km run. I felt pretty good and my pace was pretty good too. It was humid but not too hot, and I had a lot of energy to burn.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

not bad 6.5

went out for a run, planning/expecting a short and slow run, and that's what I got. 6.5km at a nice slow pace

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

better 7

yesterday I woke up early to run and then decided not to. I decided to not tr for a run streak. My body felt like it needed a day off. I was just tired. Maybe the heat is part of it. After the weird run on Monday, I just felt like I needed a day off.

Fine, no problem. I was tempted later in the day to go out for a run, as I was feeling fine, but forced myself not to.

This morning I woke up and almost decided to take another day off. That would have been laziness though, not a calculated decision. It is so easy to get into a pattern of laziness - you take one or two days off, and boom, you have a bad pattern that it is hard to get out of. It is so easy to convince yourself that you need to rest or you are too tired or it is too hot or whatever. There are no shortage of excuses. After just one day I found myself making excuses. I nipped it in the bud, but if had I not, I can imagine how each day it gets harder to break that pattern.

So I eventually went out to run. I got a nice 7km run. While I still had some soreness, I felt good overall and ran a faster pace than I had expected. Very humid today.

Monday, August 6, 2018

strange 5

very strange run. I can't think of having experienced anything similar, at least not in a very long time..

I got up extra early to run today, as I needed to be out on a bus to work early today. OK, no problem. Run started out well, as well as any day. A good pace - not particularly fast but on the faster side of average, felt strong, so far so good. In my fourth kilometer I suddenly noticed my legs feeling weak and tired and that I was slowing down, ok. I had been thinking of going to 6km, but with my slowing down and feeling tired I decided I'll just keep it to 5. After hitting the 4 mark and entering the 5th kilometer my legs felt even more tired out and almost rubbery. I could not even run any more. I walked the last 250 or meters to finish the 5km. very strange.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

solid 6

good solid recovery run tonight. not fast, a bit slow, but solid. Felt good, if a bit sore, but overall good.

Friday, August 3, 2018

tough 14

Todays run was more difficult than anticipated. The air was thick and humid, in addition to having sore muscles. It made the run cumbersome and a burden. I scratched out about 14km and it was not great. There were spots I stopped for a few moments to relax and catch my breath and even walked a few steps at the end of a couple of mild uphills.

My Endomondo tracking app crashed again. When I noticed I had already missed a few kilometers. I started it again, but I dont know exactly how much I ran - it was about 14, maybe slightly less, maybe slightly more. I dont think the problem is with the app. I think the problem is with my phone. I think it might be time to invest in a running watch.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

short and slow 5

Thursday is always short and slow day, in anticipation of a good, and hopefully long, run on Friday. So, today was short and slow. Just to stretch the legs, recover form the last few days of fast running.

Wetaher was weird. Slightly cooler but humid. Sky looked like rain is coming, though I didn't notice that rainy smell...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

good 10.5

Had a really good 10.5km run today. Was going at a decent pace. When it was supposed to let me know abut the 8km marker, I didnt hear anything. Being that it was possible I was still a little short, I kept going. Also possible was that I missed the announcement, as I sometimes do. Eventually I took out my phone from the band to check and saw that at 7.69 Endomondo had crashed. So my estimate of 10.5km is just an estimate, but it is an educated estimate.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

fast 5

I thought about not running today. Perhaps a streak isnt really "necessary", but maybe 1 day off, or 2, per week instead of 3-4 days off per week would also provide me the adequate number of running days for me. But then I ran. But I intended to keep it short, with the expectation for a 10-11km run on Wednesday. This would be a 5km stretch your legs type of run, probably relatively slow.

With little effort I found myself running much faster than I had expected to be able to. Approaching 5km I was still averaging less than 6 minutes per kilometer. Even though I could have gone 6 or 7, and had considered it, I couldn't do it at that pace - even if just because the next kilometer would have been all uphill. So, I decided to leave myself impressed with my pace and kill it at 5km so keep my run under the 30 minute mark! Artificial, but I ran my plan anyway and only altered a possible in game change of plan with no change of plan.

Monday, July 30, 2018

quick 7.5

had a pretty good run this morning. felt good and felt like a quick pace, but Endomondo measured everything wrong. I dont know what happened to it to mess it up. The first two kilometers were fine, but it only tagged kilometer #3 just a little before I was already near the 4 marker, and then tagged 5 when I was nearly at 6. Anyways, based on my route I know I ran 7.5km though I have no idea what my final average pace was, though it felt like a quicker than average run.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

really good 7km run this morning at a fast pace. It seems the more frequently I run the better I run. Jury is still out, with the sample size being too small at this point, but that's how it seems now

Saturday, July 28, 2018

good 8

not fast. not particularly slow. legs still felt a bit tired. but overall a good 8km run. the slow end of average pace for me, but not overly slow.

Friday, July 27, 2018

lousy 5

I had big plans for today but alas it was not to be.

I planned on running upwards of 20km, and got up bright and early to do so. Unfortunately I just wasn't feeling it. I had some general discomfort and just cuouldnt get into it. I bailed after 5km. It was probably a combination of a number of things, including humidity, a t weird sensation in my knee, general discomfort, a bit of tired legs, and maybe more. They are all good excuses, but I just felt like I was trudging along and was forcing myself to take each additional step.

Next one will be better. I hope

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

tired 10

This morning I ran 10km, though my Endomondo crashed after 5+km and didn't log the entire run, though I only noticed that at the end of the run. I know the distance anyway because of being familiar with the route.

While my pace (at least the pace at 5km when Endomondo crashed) was fine and average, it felt pretty slow and heavy. It was also hotter than usual, with a heat wave peaking today. Still, I think I run and feel better when I am running more frequently than 3-4 times a week. One of these days, probably Friday, I am going to start another run streak.

Monday, July 23, 2018

weak 7

This morning was a slow 7km run. I immediately felt, as soon as I started running, that it wouldn't be great. My body felt tired and a bit weak. Possibly from yesterday's fast day. I trudged along and made it to 7km. After momentarily thinking about extending it to 8 or 9, I decided to just be happy with 7.

Friday, July 20, 2018

great 18

I had a really good 18km run this morning. I went out not knowing how much I would be running. I wanted to definitely break 15 and probably 16, but I also had no intention of running 21, 22. Anywhere between those numbers was a realistic option.

I started off on my regular route running across Kishon, up Hayarqon and Hayarden. Then I went up to DOlev for a loop and then back to the Hayarden Hayarqon corner. From there I went down to the highway, turning slightly before Etziyona Junction and heading back. On the way back I made two minor detours just to ensure I would hit 18, and that was that. Lots of runners and walkers out today..

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

great 10

10km at a pretty good pace. happy to start the day with a great run. hot and humid. it seems mornings have gotten to be more humid than I remember..
started a little later than usual, so saw some more walkers, but missed my regular runners and walkers...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

humid 8km

I seem to be more tired and less excited about running when I am only running 3 or 4 times per week than when I am running every day. strange. I also feel less fit, though that is ridiculous. And I seem much hungrier all of the sudden, especially for nosh.

Anyways, I ran 8km this morning in very humid conditions. I am sweating like a pig right now, which is good, but I took it mostly easy except for one portion in which I set a goal to catch up to a runner that was way ahead of me and I did, so that was a stretch of about half a kilometer or so...

Overall good run

Saturday, July 14, 2018

pleasant 8

8km recovery run. very pleasant. lots of people out. weather humid but not too bad

Friday, July 13, 2018

low level 13.5km

this was a week of low level running, low on distance and low on stress. The first half was completely bare because of a swollen knee, followed by a short run on Wednesday and a decent run today. My only goal for today was to break 10km, and I actually finished my run at 13.5km.

It was a good run. I started it on my usual route within RBS. I considered going out onto the highway but decided instead to run up to RBS C (aka Gimmel) and check out a nice new park with trails that has been constructed up there. It really is a nice park, albeit a little smaller than I expected. I had run up the bridge to Gimmel via Yona Ben Amitai street, and instead of running through Gimmel after the park and coming out on the other side, I decided to just go back down Yona Ben Amitai and across the bridge to finish the run.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

testing 5

after a few days off to let my body rest and to let my knee heal, the knee was feeling much better with the swelling gone, though not 100%. I decided to go for a short run today, and it felt pretty good. I kept it to a 5km run. A bit humid, but overall the run and the body felt pretty good.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

run streak over?

My run streak might be over. It probably is. I went out to run and decided to cancel because of my knee still hurting. I dont know if I will try again later today, but I doubt it will improve enough to do so, even if I find the time later. It looks like I'll have to rest it for a couple of days before going out again.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

slow 8

slow recovery run. had some knee pain over shabbos, but I am pretty sure it was from the specific shoes I wre this Shabbos. whenever I wear that paid I seem to have knee and ankle pain, which is why I hardly ever wear them. I think I should just get rid of them.

Anyways, I took the run especially slow, because of some soreness, but especially because of the knee pain. No worries. I thought I would run 6km max, but ended up over 8km.

The run streak is nearing its end. In a couple of weeks we will commemorate Tisha bAv on Saturday night and Sunday making it impossible to run. I dont know if I will make it all the way to then anyway, but even if I do, within two weeks the streak will be finished. Even though it is a "nidche" I will not run as I feel it would be inappropriate.

Friday, July 6, 2018

14 43 61

I changed my plan last night. Originally i was planning for a 20+km Friday long run. A last minute decision to go with the family to jerusalem until late at night forced a change in plans. Too tired and the heat being worse due to starting my run  over an hour later than usual, had me knowing I would realistically need to expect much less for today. I figured 11 or 12km would be satisfactory, but I also knew the run would not be great, as my body felt tired, and I just wanted to get a decent run in, no matter the distance.

I ran slow, body parts felt sore, and it felt like that would be my best today. Question was really distance. I started off running across Kishon and then up Hayarqon. Down to Road 10 and out to Highway 375 toward Eztiyona Junction. And back. With a couple minor extension. Concluding my run at 14km. I could have gone a bit further, but felt like it was enough.

Today was day 43 of my run streak. This week of running took me a distance of 61km

Thursday, July 5, 2018

oppressive 5km

I was expecting ti to be a slow run today. When I woke up I wasnt able to run. My legs hurt too much form yesterday still. But I knew I would have some time mid-day in the heat for a short run. As you know the heat doesnt scare me off.

Today's heat was crazy. It was hot. The breeze was hot. The breeze was thick. The sun and heat were oppressive. I intentionally ran slow, but even running slow was difficult. 5km was all I did. I planned it, but I couldnt have done more even if I had wanted to change my mind in the middle.


I have noticed that whenever I prepare my shoes at night before I go to bed by leaving my running shoes out and putting my orthotics into them - somehow running the next morning never works out. I am not worried - I am planning a short mid-day run, but it is a curiosity. It never fails.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

great 12

12km at a really good pace in the searing heat. What more can I ask for? that was a great run. And part of it felt pretty slow because I felt worn out from the heat and hills, but it was still a significantly faster pace than I thought I was running.

Sun. Heat. Sweat. I love it.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

good 10km

everything felt great today as I ran 10km on my regular route. Nothing too exciting, with less runners and walkers than usual. Weather was fine with a reasonable breeze and a bit of humidity. basically a good boring run at a reasonable pace.

Monday, July 2, 2018

hot 7

This morning was not possible to run, and I knew that in advance, so I planned to run in the early afternoon. I could have woken up very early to run, at like 4:30, but I really was not feeling up to getting up quite that early.

So I just ran 7km now in the heat. I was a bit wiped from it, but overall it was a good hot run. Slightly slower than I expected, but still a decent pace.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

"fast" 5

running on a fast day, especially 17 Tammuz, is a bit weird, and maybe it means this has become an addiction. I thought long and hard about whether or not I should run today and decided to run, with the deciding factor possibly being because of it being a nidche and many people finding small excuses to not even fast.

Anyways, I kept it intentionally short, and I ran pretty slow because of being tired. 5km was it for today.

I do feel tired and think it is time for some rest. we'll see how the next couple of days go..

Friday, June 29, 2018

20 that is 36 that is 68.5

I had what started as a fabulous run this morning on the Lamed Hey route and ended up pretty good.

I was running strong, at a good pace. I even beat the 1 hour mark for the 1st 10km, which I havent done in a while. Frustratingly, in the 8s I started to feel a weird sensation in my knee that worried me a bit. Continuing on I was still running fine, even if I slowed down just a bit to ease off. Unlike last week, I struggled a bit going up the Zechariya hill, though once I hit the top I was fine again and able to continue as before, and even the Tzeelim hill back into RBS was mostly fine.

So I ran 20+km on the Lamed Hey route, with some extensions.

My run streak is now at 36 days, matching my previous high. I expect that it will end some time in the coming week. I ran a total of 69km this week.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

slowish 6

I got in a 6km run this morning. I was so tired. After getting ready to go out I decided I was too tired, but I set my alarm for a 20 minute nap and figured I would decide then. After a short nap I felt a little better and went out. The run was short and relatively slow, as expected. Thursday runs are always short and slow, if I can control myself, so as to give me a chance at a nice long run on Friday. Weather was weird - muggy but also overcast, not much air movement. Very sweaty even though I didnt overexert myself.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

great 12.5km

some time yesterday I realized I had made a weird mistake. I had been scheduled for a 5 or 6km run, with my medium run scheduled for Wednesday. I ran 11 yesterday, thinking it was Wednesday. When I realized that, I did not know what to do for Wednesdays run - keep it to a 10 or 11m run or drop it down, already having done my medium run?

I figured I would try to keep it still at the medium distance for a medium run, but see how I feel along the way.

I felt great. Was running at a great pace and felt great all along, so I just kept going. I ran 12.5km  and felt like I could have gone a lot longer, if not for time constraints. Just a great run all the way through.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

good 11

I need to flip a switch in my had. Even my slow runs are much faster than they were a few weeks ago. When I talk about average or fast or slow  need to now be comparing it to a different average than I was just a month ago.

Today I thought I had a slow run, and I expected it to be slow, but the pace was actually ok. I ran 11km, regular route, not too hot but sunny. I felt strong, though when I started I felt a little stiff. Just run through it. Nice start to the day.

Monday, June 25, 2018

hot 5

5km in the middle of the day in the heat. glorious! couldnt run longer due to time constraints.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

fabulous 7

I slept poorly last night so expected this mornings run to be short and miserable. I went out later than usual, so it was already sunny and hot, making it likely to be even more difficult.

Yet somehow this turned into my fastest run in a very long time. And because I felt great and was running so well, I extended the run to 7km, instead of killing it at 5.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

recovery 7

This felt like a recovery run. A bit slower than average, a bit painful and sore, but overall a good 7km run. Nothing too exciting, just pushing my way through it

Friday, June 22, 2018

fabulous 19 on day 29

Got in my long run today, and it was longer than I planned, but only by a bit.

With my previous long run distance being at 17km, I have been itching to break that with an 18+ run, though the past couple of weeks did not afford me the opportunity. I picked 18, really 18.5 because the Lamed Hey loop from my house to my house via Road 10 and Highway 375 and Highway 38 is 18.5km and that is somewhat more desirable than extending small sections to get another extra kilometer and another and another. That often works just fine, but sometimes it is nice to just go out and run a simple course where I dont have to keep calculating if I need to run a little extra detour or when to turn back. I know this course will give me the 18.5 I was looking for.

The run was beautiful with a nice cool breeze, until the last couple of kilometers. It was sunny and pleasant. The course has 3 large enough hills that makes it overall difficult, though my overall pace ended up being better than I expected. The 3 hills killed my pace, but besides for those the rest of the route I ran at a pretty good pace.

I ended at 19km, so am happy and that should keep me for a couple of weeks until I get the itch to break 20, which I am sure will come sooner rather than later...

My run streak is up to 29 days. This week of running took me a distance of 62km.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

labored 5km

I had planned for a 5km run this morning, and I got a 5km run this morning.

So why was this unexpected?

Because I was feeling great. I tought after yesterday's fast run I would be feeling stiff and sore all day and my legs would be heavy and tired. But they weren't. I was feeling great. When that happens, even if I planned on a distance, I very likely might extend it. Maybe to 6 or 7km, in this case.

But even though I was feeling great, my run was slow and felt a bit labored. So I kept it at 5km, even though I could have extended it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

great 10km

I went out this morning planning for my regular Wednesday 9-11km run. The weather was great and I was feeling good. I didn't even realize how fast I was running until a bit further into the run, but I didnt pay attention, as usual, to the stats as the run continued on, so I didn't even know I was keeping the pace up.

I ended up running 10km at a very fast (for me) pace.

Weather was great, if a bit hot. A couple of runners/walkers out and about but not too many

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

good 7.5

had a good run this morning, even though I kept procrastinating until I finally went out. Felt good, felt strong and  ran 7.5km at a good pace. Weather was pleasant and sunny. Seemed quiet out there, but I enjoyed it.

Monday, June 18, 2018

early 5

my scedule required me to get up extra early today to get a short run in, if I wanted to rnu. And I did. So I did. Ther eis an off chance I would b able to get a run in in the late afternoon, but not being sure if that will work out I decided to go with the sure thing of an early run, even if it could only be short.

so 5km it is.

If I have another chance later, maybe I will still take it.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

slow 6.4

I felt a little stiff going out this morning, I guess because of last nights faster than expected and longer than expected run. I pushed a little and ran 6.4km but it was pretty slow. The air was not pleasant. Very warm, very humid and very little air movement. It was kind of just blah out there. Just happy to get it over with

Saturday, June 16, 2018

average 9

Started the new week with a bang. had a great 9km run. It required a pit stop but my strength and energy were good. I had hoped for a 7.5-8km run  and ended with 9. Nice and sweaty on a humid and hot Motzash. Lots of runners and walkers out and just had a good run at average pace, which is better than the normal Motzash run

Friday, June 15, 2018

11 that is 22 that is 170

As I said, considering the soreness today could not be a long run. I woke feeling a little less sore, but still too sore.

I ended up running a very slow 11km on a beautiful morning. After the first few kilometers I felt a lot better and got into a groove, but I was still running way too slow to knock out anything like a 17 or 18km run, so I made do with 11km.

This week ends with today being my 22nd consecutive running day during which I ran 170km, with 51.5km this week.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

slow recovery 5

I now remember why I stopped playing basketball (and baseball/softball, but especially basketball) about 8 years ago shortly after I started running marathons.

My son wanted to play basketball last night and I decided to go shoot around with him and play some one on one. It was a lot of fun, but I am so sore and my joints (knees and ankles, plus Achilles) hurt so much. I remember that back then it prevented me form being able to run, especially long runs, in addition to the risk of injury being significantly increased.

Regardless, I played and this morning I was extremely sore. I still felt it important to go for a run, to help my muscles recover. A recovery run of sorts, from basketball rather than from a previous run.

I knew it would be painful, and I knew it would be slow, but I was determined to try. At worst I wouldn't be able to run even my 5km minimum, but I figured chances are I would, albeit slowly.

And I made it. My first couple of kilometers were even at a decent pace, but in the middle of the third I slowed down significantly. My overall pace was just slightly slower than average, though my last two and a half km were significantly slower.

I am happy I got the run in and hopefully it will help me with tomorrow's run, though I expect my hope for breaking 18 tomorrow has been dashed and I'll have to probably make do with a medium length run.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

sweaty 10

I slept through this mornings run but mid-day had an opportunity so I went out for 10km. Warm and very humid but it seemed to cool off a bit and there was a breeze so it was relatively pleasant. The humidity was a little tough and made for a very sweaty run, but I love that. Pace was good except for on 2 specific kilometers. One one kilometer I got a work call so I walked part of it for a few minutes while I talked. The second was an uphill climb. hose two made my overall average pace about average rather than fast.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

pretty good 7.5

Today was a pretty good 7.5km run. Not great, but pretty good.

I felt a lot better this morning than I did yesterday, but sill not totally back to normal. I still got a good run and felt decent, albeit a little slow. When I tried to push harder in spots, for intervals, I felt it very difficult and felt muscle soreness in my thighs.

Good weather, a bit humid with rain expected later today. Did not see too many other people out running or walking.

Monday, June 11, 2018

lousy 5

that was a lousy run. I wasnt even going to run. After a late party at which I drank too much beer and ate too much, I kind of wanted to sleep late this morning. But I woke up early. I was still not going to run because I knew it wouldnt be good, but after a while I figured I am just sitting around anyway wasting my time, I might as well go out. So I did. But it was really a lousy run. I cut it at 5km. What a waste of a nice cool morning.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

tough fast 5

5km. kept it short because I felt very stiff and it was a difficult run. My pace was better than I thought, so I am not sure how this works as I felt I was running very slow bu tit turned out to be a faster than normal pace - even faster than some of my recent fast runs. I am still trying to figure all this out. Maybe I am running more efficiently with my new shoes, as is supposed to happen when you get the appropriate shoes.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

gr8 run

had a great 8km run tonight. felt good. humid but pretty good weather. felt good. all good.

Friday, June 8, 2018

hard 11

11km. it was hard. felt a little strain on some joints. Good thing I knew to keep it low distance today, for adjustment with the new shoes. Even though I ran fine at a decent pace, it did feel like a struggle the entire time - wasn't fluid. I'll get there after a few more runs in these shoes.

weather was great. hot and sunny but not yet oppressively hot.

that's 15 days on my latest run streak, with 52.5km logged this week

Thursday, June 7, 2018

nice short 5

today's run was meant to be short, for a combination of reasons, including but not limited to; tired legs, not overdoing it before Friday's longer runs, recovery from Wednesday's medium run plus a series of faster runs, and breaking in new shoes. The new shoes are stability shoes and, more importantly for this purpose, with a zero drop heel. Because of that the structural effect on the body is different so you are supposed to ease into the adjustment. Because of that, tomorrow might be a longer run, but it probably wont be a full long run.

So, that being the case, I was disciplined today and kept it to 5. Felt good, though a bit overcast and humid. Speed/pace was the same as it has been recently.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

sore 8.5

I thought this run might be slow and tired, considering I ran fast late yesterday afternoon, but I felt worse than expected. I felt sore joints (not sore muscles) and tired body. I had planned for an 8-10km run, but feeling the way I felt had me thinking to cut it to 5-6.

I did not really get into a groove, but I did keep myself going and set short goals and every time I reached one I set another that i knew was reachable. So when I hit 5, I said I'll continue until the orange bin before I turn so I can hit 6. When I got to the orange bin I said I'll go until the top of the hill. Then it was until the traffic circle, etc... and at the end I finished with 8.67km

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

sweaty 7

just got in a good hot 7km run, after the workday was over. I got good and sweaty. I thought I was running slow, and that was even intentional, as I expected to have a slow run, but my pace overall was pretty good, and that even includes a couple of minutes when I stopped to walk while on a work-related phone call that came in...

Hot, sunny, sweaty. The best way to run

Monday, June 4, 2018

sunny 6.7

I didnt get to run this morning, but when I got home from Tel Aviv at about 5pm I was itching to run. Desptie the heat. Despite having a physically tiring workday. I just needed it.

I had a great 6.7km run in the sun and not too oppressive heat. Pace was good and I intentionally put effort out to run part of it extra fast, concluding at a significantly faster pace than average.

Good Sun. Good Heat. Good Sweat. Burn it all out, baby!

Sunday, June 3, 2018


I got up early to watch the end of the Cubs game and then get in a short run... While the Cubs went to extra innings, I decided to go for a slightly longer run, though I continued listening to the game while out on the run.

I extended my run to 7, and thought I would actually finish at 7.5km. It turned out to be 7.86, and had I checked the stats before I stopped the clock I would have just extended it to 8, but I only noticed my distance after stopping the run.

It was a good run, and was surprisingly slightly faster than average. Air was cool and I didnt see too many other people out there..

Saturday, June 2, 2018

slowish 6.5

This whole thing since switching back to Endomondo is weird. Sometimes I feel like I had a slow run and I see my pace logged at far faster than I expected, and sometimes I feel like I had a reasonable, or even fast run, and see my pace logged slower than normal. And in general since switching back to Endomondo my pace is significantly faster than it was with Runkeeper.

Tonight it was nice and cool so I decided to go out right away for a run. Even though the entire Shabbos my legs were sore, once I got out there the run itself felt pretty decent most of the time. But when I finished my 6.5km I saw my pace logged at slightly slower than average. Not as slow as normal recovery run, but slower than I thought.

It was a good 6.4 and I am happy

Friday, June 1, 2018

weird 17

Today was strange. I planned on getting up early for a nice 18km long run. When I woke up, I just didnt feel like running. I took my time getting ready, I postponed, and eventually I finally went out thinking maybe I'll do 11-12 instead.

I started as normal, running across Kishon and into the beginning of RBS B. This was instead of doing a Lamed-Hey Loop for 18.5km. Then I ran up Hayarqon and Hayarden. I went up to Dolev and ran 2 loops, and then headed back down Hayarden, Hayargon. When pushing 10, 11, I thought I could go back across Kishon and still hit 17, or even 18 and I was still feeling great. So I fiddled a bit with extensions, part of the bridge to Gimmel, part of the road to the shopping center being built. By the time I passed my house I was already a bit over 13, so I figred I would go for it as I was feeling good and figured it wasnt a stretch. I went back across Kishon, though this time without the extension into RBS B. I finished at 17km, with a good time, slightly better than average. The 17th kilometer, though, was a bit difficult.

The weather was cool but humid, so it was a pleasant enough run.

I didnt add up my mileage (kilometrage) for May, but I did count my runs. While I am now on an 8-day run streak, and thanks to a previous 36 day run streak, In May, a month of 31 days, I had 26 runs.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

fast 6

6km run!

woke up early but was too worn out to run. I fell back asleep while I was starting to get ready to run, and when I woke up it was too late to get the early morning run in.

Weather now was warm and humid, but not unpleasant. My pace was again faster than my average, this time by a nice bit, not just barely like the past few days. I dont know if I am getting a little faster again or if this is just a blip.. I guess time will tell

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

average 8km

good 8km run this morning. I actually planned on running 10 but just felt  like 8 was enough and I had to finish.

I started off running strong and fast, but at about 4km I started to feel it in my legs and started slowing down a bit. That is also just before I start my uphill climb. Sadly my Endomondo crashed at 4.32km, though I only noticed this at the end of the run, so I never got my final exact stats. I know the distance was 8km because I know the route and run it often, but average pace and all that jazz I can only guess at

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

quick 8km

I was initially not sure about running today. I sort of planned to wing it, either running or not depending on how I would feel in the morning. It turned out when I woke up to run, I was just too tired so I made an executive decision to skip the run and take the day off.

That was that until late morning afforded me some free time and was feeling good so I figured I'll go out for a run. So I did. I ran 8km at slightly better than average pace.

It is time for new running shorts, as these are worn out and are starting to bother me. The tears are finally at the point that they are causing bad chafing. I just dug through my shelf and pulled out another pair I had that i never used. I'll throw these out and try those next time I run and see how they do before I go buy something. I am also starting to hunt for new shoes, as these are way over-expired...

Monday, May 28, 2018

peaceful 8

I just got in a nice, tired, slow, peaceful 8km run. Air was humid, but not so hot so it wasnt so bad.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

hot 6

Sorry. I ran. What are you going to do about it? I couldnt run in the morning, as I knew I wouldnt be able to. Late afternoon, a while after I got back from the hospital, despite being tired and worn out, i decided I was just going to go for a short slow run. I planned on 5km due to time restrictions. I just wanted to get out, sweat a bit, stretch my legs and get some air. I ended up running 6km. It felt very slow but my pace was about average for me. It was nice and hot, and love running in the heat despite the increased difficulty. i was sweating like a pig and I loved it.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

slow 5

good 5km run tonight. decent strong slow speed - meaning not as slow as a regular recovery run but a regular slow run speed. good cool air after a hot day.

tomorrow wont be a running day as I will be sleeping in the hospital tonight, which is why i wanted to ensure getting this run in tonight..

Friday, May 25, 2018

hot delayed 8

I had planned a nice long run for this morning. I was hoping to run about 18km. Alas, it was not meant to be.

A medical emergency in the family had me sleeping in the hospital last night. That means I would not be able to run early in the morning. It also means I would be very tired on Friday because sleeping in the hospital is horrible - no proper bed, noise all night, disturbances all night from patients and nurses. That's fine, but it is not conducive to a proper nights sleep. That also means my only opportunity, if at all, would come later in the day when it would be too hot.

I was already settled in with no run, but late this afternoon decided I prepped enough for Shabbos and wanted to go out for a short run. It is very hot so I figured 5km would be enough. And boy is it hot out there! But I pushed through the heat and ran 8km. It felt great, even in the heat. I didn't get the distance in, but at least I got a run in.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

great 10km

I expected today's run to be between 8 and 10km, but I also expected it to be relatively slow, as I expected to be sore from yesterday's good run. I rarely get two good strong runs in a row. Today was the exception I guess.

As soon as I got out there I knew it would be a good run. I felt great and strong and I was running at a good pace. I ended up running 10km and felt great the entire time. When running up the hill of Hayarqon I had slowed down and someone else blew right past me - I thought my pace was killed and the rest of the way would continue to be sluggish, but after arriving at the top and turning on Hayarden, a few minutes later I passed him. I also saw a group of runners in the distance and tried to catch up to them, which I did moments before my turning point at the corner of Dolev-Hayarden.

Great weather, great run. I am not planning on running tomorrow, so my next run should be the Friday long run.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

nice 8.5

I am not looking to start another running streak just yet. Maybe next week, maybe not, but definitely not now. I do plan on running tomorrow , but then not on Thursday. I ran today and got 8.5km in. It was a nice hot and muggy morning, but not horrible. My pace was decent and everything felt pretty good. A much better run than yesterday, and that's just the way it is - some days are better than others...

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.