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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.