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Friday, December 28, 2018

fabulous 8.5

yesterday I wanted to run but did not. As I have said, not training for a marathon gives me the luxury of choosing not to run for whatever reason I dont feel like running - such as a cold day with pouring rain and thunderstorms. Like yesterday.

The rain petered off this morning, and the temperatures rose a bit, so after doing some things I went out at about 10:30 for a run. People were out bundled up in hats and heavy coats - they must have thought I was crazy to be outside in a tshirt and shorts, but the weather was actually pretty pleasant, not including a brief cold wind every now and then in different spots.

I ran right from the start like I had a bee in my bonnet and felt like I was going to have a fast run. It held up and I ran 8.5km at a quick pace. That also includes the last kilometer or so when I went to go buy a kugel for shabbos and finished my run carrying the kugel home, so that was a significantly slower kilometer, with the pauses for going into the store, paying and all that....

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

ok 7

Due to some logistical and technical issues, I will most likely, almost definitely, not be able to get in any long runs over the next couple of weeks. To combat this, I am going to try to get more regular runs in.

Today I went out thinking I was about to have a good run. Yesterday was slow, I was feeling good, weather was good. I started running and just felt blah. A little twinge in my knee, which was coming and going, legs felt tired, and just felt uncomfortable. And then Endomondo got the first kilometer tracked way off again.

Anyways, as I was pushing through 4km or so, I figured I'll just push myself to 5 and then stop. But I sort of just settled in and was feeling ok then and kept going. I decided I'll hit 6 and stop. As I was approaching my house I saw I was pretty close to 7, so just continued until 7 and stopped. It was probably closer to 7.6km or so, but it was 7km logged.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

slow but steady 9

I wasnt planning to run 9km, but I did. I thought maybe 6, or I would push to 7...definitely after I started and saw how slow I would be, I was not thinking about more than 6 or 7, possibly 5.

But as I ran, I felt good and strong, just tired legs from yesterday's fast run, so I just kept going. I might have gone a little further but a work call near the end put an end to my run and I walked home while talking finishing the 9. Truthfully it might have been more than that as Endomondo was off again by a nice amount today - had I still been running I might have gone a few hundred more meters to say I ran 10... but we'll call it 9

Monday, December 24, 2018

great 10

10km at a very good pace. Each and every kilometer was at a fast pace, except for the uphill kilometers...

Sunday, December 23, 2018

good 8

Got in a good 8km this morning. Ran after the kids went to school so it had already warmed up a bit. Was very nice. I was going to stop at 5 then pushed myself to continue and finished at 8km. Decent pace and felt good

Saturday, December 22, 2018

slow 6

6+km recovery run tonight. very slow. everything uncomfortable. but got it in

Friday, December 21, 2018

good 5

I didnt get to run this morning because of a heavy downpour, and not marathon training means I dont need to go out to run when I dont like the weather (or for any other reason)...and later I had a bris to attend, combined with Shabbos preparations..

Just now before Shabbos I found the time to sneak in a decent 5km run... Felt good, and I didnt try to run hard becuse I am still a little sore and stiff from Wednesday's long run so a decent paced run was a bit of a surprise... I was a little surprised to see so many people out running/walking/biking so close to Shabbos..

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

awesome 33

33km today! and I felt good the entire way. The last few km I slowed down significantly, but still felt good, unlike in other long runs recently when the last few km were really a struggle.

I started with a Kishon cycle, then I went up Hayarqon, Hayarden, down through Mishkafayim and out on Road 10. I ran to the end, to the 375 junction, then back all the way to the Bet Shemesh INdustrial Zone, then turned around and ran back to the end again. Then back to RBS, up the hill, out a bit more on Hayarden, then back down the hill and across Kishon again and finished with a loop on the bridge to RBS C (aka Gimmel).

While on the uphill (not steep) return on the 10 from Bet Shemesh to RBS, the running club stumbled across me, and blew by me. It was nice seeing them and running with them for a few minutes. One of the guys hung back for a bit and ran with me and we chatted - I was able to run faster when I was running with him even though before that i was slowly making my way up the long uphill. When we got to the steep part I told him I was going to slow down a bit and he should go back to the group.

 I normally run alone and listen to podcasts. On a long run it is difficult to focus all the time when running alone on pushing myself, and running with someone else really makes a difference.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

good 10-11

This morning I had a good 10-11km run. Again Endomondo tracked it wrong. I stopped when Endomondo said 10km, but it was really about 11km (give or take a tiny bit in either direction). Because the tracking was off, the tracked pace was meaningless, so while it felt like a decent pace, and based on the total time it was probably a little bit faster than average, I really don't know what the pace was.

Good weather, nice run.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

ok 6-7

Endomondo was off again, so I dont know my actual distance, nor my pace. I do know that Endomondo tracked me at Just over 6km, but it was surely closer to 7. I dont think I hit 7, but it would have been pretty close. My pace was a little slower than the past couple of runs, but not a lot, so I really dont know the pace at all.

Overall it was a decent run, probably about average pace. Everything felt normal for a Saturday night run, including some discomfort from overeating a bit on Shabbos.. nothing too exciting..

Friday, December 14, 2018

great 14

I went out a little late, after prepping for Shabbos, at about 11am, for my run.

I didn't have a target distance in mind, but I wanted to run more than 10 and had no expectation of anything close to 20. Anything in between 10 and 20 would have been fine, and it would all depend on how the run was going.

After the first couple of kilometers I found myself running at an extremely fast pace (for me), and I still felt great. I was curious if I could keep it. With some uphill looming, I did not know how much I would slow down and then be able to recover the speed after, so I just kept going as well as I could . Posture, posture, posture. I watched myself very carefully and I think that this was making the run better, and even on the uphill, while slowing down a bit I still felt great and picked up my speed again at the top and was running at a good pace. When I hit the 7km mark, heading down to Mishkafayim, I thought there'd be a chance to hit the 10km mark in under an hour - nowadays a rare accomplishment for me. I pushed hard, and at both the 8 and 9 km markers, it was still in sight. I ran the 10th km super hard and beat the hour target by a lot. I hit 10km at 0:59:21. After turning around at the end of the 10, the next 2.5 or so km would be uphill (some at just a slight incline and some at a steeper incline), I knew I would be running most of the way at a slower pace, so I just slowed down and ran the rest of the way at my more normal pace. Overall, I finished the 14km run at a pretty good pace, with the first 10km being really good.

Posture, posture, posture!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

greatish 6.5

I had a pretty good run. felt good, great weather, strong, great pace (and at times I felt like I could have pushed harder)...nothing went wrong. Except that I stopped at 6.5km when I could have gone more.

It has been a pretty lousy running week (two weeks actually). I am in some sort of funk. It started with avoiding the cold and wet weather, and turned into some laziness and just lack of interest. I felt good today, but just was not interested in going further. I pushed myself to go as much as I did.

I am not sure what's going on, but I'll just try to ride it out...

Monday, December 10, 2018

ok 5

Being that I am not training for a marathon, I did not feel any pressure to go running during the few days we had of very cold and rainy weather, so I didn't.

I just went out now for a nice afternoon run. Was feeling a little rusty and had some minor annoying sensations in various places. I am going to change my shoes and put my orthotics back in for the next few runs and see if that makes a difference...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

fabulous 33

This morning I ran 33km. I changed my route a little bit - I started off going up Hayarqon, Hayarden, a circuit around Dolev..then I ran down through Mishkafayim, out on the 10, 375 out to Tzomet Aderet, back to RBS, some extensions here and there, then across Kishon a few times.

I had a harder time today focusing on posture, but when I caught myself and remembered I tried to run with better posture. It seems to be paying off as my knees were fine and overall I felt fine. The last 4 or 5 km were particularly slow, but overall it was a good run.

Monday, December 3, 2018

good 10

After a couple days of not running, this morning I gave into my laziness and didn't go out for my run but stayed in bed a little longer.. but after getting the kids out to school I decided to start my work day with a run.

Got in a good 10km at a good pace. Everything felt good. I am trying to work on improving my posture while running, and it requires paying attention and making adjustments, and I keep catching myself slipping on that..