Invisible Shoes - Barefoot Running Sandals

Thursday, October 31, 2019

great 6

I went out expecting a basic run, nothing special. It was late and warm already, but I love running in the sun and also, warm today is nothing like warm a month or two ago. But still I was not expecting a special run.

I went out feeling strong, and before I knew it I had a 6km run at a very fast pace!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

jump-start 5

This hasnt been a good week for running. Between not being in the mood to run along with some bad timing, it just has not happened all week until this morning. I still was not really in the mood to go out and run, but I know the way back is just to force yourself out. So I did. I had a lazy run, felt ok but legs felt a little heavy. Pace was average. This was just a jump-start run so I had no reason to go more than 5km, so that's all I did

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

disappointing 5

I was having a great run at a great, very fast pace. In the middle I had to take a work call. After that my watch was messed up and I could not focus. After running just a little bit more I decided to call it quits. At the end I had a 5km run at a nice fast pace. Disappointing because I had been planning a 6.5km run and did not get it, but happy with how I felt and the pace I ran at was surprisingly good.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

recovery 6

Despite still being sore from Friday's long run of 25km, I went out on a recovery run tonight expecting a difficult and slow run. And that's what I got. Slow, and tough, and even with a bit of disinterest... but I did it. 6km at a slow pace

Friday, October 18, 2019

great 25

Had a great 25km run this morning. Ran with someone, for the first time in ages. I suspected it would help with my speed, as this guy is a little faster than me and it would push me to keep up.Overall we ran at a fast pace until the last few km of uphill running that slowed our pace down to about average.

I ran across Kishon, meeting my partner at the corner of Kishon and Hayarden, into Bet and back, on the bridge to Gimmel, and then out to do a Lamed Hei loop. Back in up Tzeelim we turned into the new area and then ran up Hayarqon and then back down to home, finishing at 25km. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

great 11

had a great run this morning, despite tough humidity. Just felt great. Even the uphills were strong and at a fast pace. I ended with 11km at a fast pace.

I started with my regular route, across Kishon, the bridge to Gimmel, up Hayarqon and up through the Yarmuth Park. At the top as I left the park I turned right instead of left. Initially I planned just to urn to the traffic circle, about 100m away, just to get a little extra extension there. Beyond that is mostly construction sites so I never really though about venturing out that way. As I hit the circle and was turning around, I decided to turn left into the site rather than make the full turn. This site is the entrance  to what I think will eventually be the new neighborhood of RBS Hei (E). The way in was all uphill, but not steep as I was already near the top anyway, but the roads are beautiful and wide and empty. I ran around up there taking different roads and looking around and eventually turned around and ran back home, down again through the ark and then back via Hayarqon.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

good 7

another good run this morning, after my schedule got messed up. Wanted to run early but didnt have enough time, but then where I was supposed to be didn't work out so I ended up running a little later. It was already getting hot and muggy but had a good run. Went 7km, at a significantly better pace than last night. average but borderline fast

Monday, October 14, 2019

good 7

had a good, average paced, 7km run. better than expected. legs were sore all day I thought for sure it would be a lousy run. I even almost considered not going for the run and waiting until morning, but then decided to do it anyway even if it wouldnt be a great run. and it turned out ok, slow end of average, but that is far better than I expected

Saturday, October 12, 2019

unexpected 15

I went out for a run and was feeling overall pretty good. After I began I knew I would get in a longer run than typical Motzash run, question being how much longer. Pace was slowish, but I felt good, so i just kept going. At some point I figured I could try to make up for a my lousy run on Friday that i cut extremely short, so I just kept going. I ended up running a 15km run, which is good for the long pullback run i had planned for Friday. I felt like I could have kept running but saw no reason to push it.

Friday, October 11, 2019

lousy 5

went out for a run, planning for a pullback week, after 4 consecutive weeks of increasing the distance of my long run. I was thinking low teens, but didnt have a specific number in mind. I have no idea why, as my legs basically felt fine, but I had a lousy run. It was so lousy I just cut it short at 5km. that's a real pullback!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

great 7.5

felt really good, especially for after a long fast day. Got in a fast 7.5km run.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

average 6.5

I thought I felt strong enough to have another fast run, but it was not meant to be. I was just a little slower than expected and finished with an average paced 6.5km run. I  unexpectedly felt a little stiff and tight in my knees and ankles, so had to settle for an average pace

Monday, October 7, 2019

good 9

Had a really good 9km run this morning at a reasonably fast pace. Everything felt good and strong and it was a nice morning to be outside.

Friday, October 4, 2019

ok 22

Today was a tough run, but I am happy to have set a new current high, running 22km, even though it was at a slowish pace. Most of the way was more or less average, but the last few kilometers were tough and pushed me over the edge to slow.

Running alone is fun, and I get to listen to my various podcasts, but it is also challenging and sometimes daunting. You have to fight off your own demons with no external assistance. if you have a running partner, you have committed to him and even if you have doubts or uncertainties, you have that external pressure helping you stick to your commitment. Today i could have really used it.

The holiday season is tough on running. it messes with consistency and planning. Despite another low running week, I had been hoping to break last weeks record of 20. I planned to go on my run, with a route of 22, but when I went out this morning, I really did not want to do it. I had every excuse running through my head, telling me to forget it, just do a local run, keep it down to 7 or 10 because of the short running week, and more.

And I think all that mental hesitation also affected the run itself. Much of a my run I found myself leaning back, which I think caused a slower pace. Later in the run I caught myself a number of times and leaned forward and got my regular motion back and my pace picked up a bit.

Anyways, I started running and pushed the thoughts aside, just going a little farther and then a little farther, until the thoughts were beaten.

The Lamed Hei loop from my house is about 18, 18.5km, so I started with a 4km run across Kishon, and then headed down Tzeelim to the 38 and did a Lamed Hei loop. Turning left on the 38 to HaElah Junction, turning left on the 375, turning left on Road 10 (3855) and then left back up to RBS and down to the house. 22km. Slow pace, but happy I got it all in despite the pace

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

recovery 5

I didn't expect much from a post-holiday run, so I wasnt disappointed. It was mostly a run to stretch out a bit after the holiday and to burn off a little bit of the holiday food. 5km at a very slow pace. I ran with a couple of my kids and I had to wait a number of times for them, even though I would have been running slow even without them.