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Thursday, December 31, 2020

good 5


had a good 5km run in the beautiful sun and warm air. I planned to take it easy with a short run at a comfortable pace. I felt good but didn't want to push so just ran fast enough to the edge of feeling like I was pushing. I was surprised my pace was as good as it was considering the easy run.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

pushed 6.5


Really wanted to run but when I finally got myself out there I was not really into it. Felt a little soft and weak on the run, a bit tired, and a bit disinterested. While initially I had looked forward to a run somewhere in the range of 8km or so, maybe 9, I just couldn't push myself to do it. The only saving grace was that right before I called it quits at 5, I decided to push to 6, and then to 6.5km.Pace was decent, if a bit slow.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

really good 6


got another late morning run in today, in the beautiful sun and fresh air. Soaking up that Vitamin D to help protect me from Corona. Fabulous.

It was a really good 6km run at a very good pace. I was a little surprised as I felt a little shaky and not as strong today, but I'll take it!

Monday, December 28, 2020

really good 7


Had a really good 7km run just now. Good air, good sun, bit of a strong breeze but nothing like the winds of the past couple of days. Ran strong and at a pretty good pace. Nice to be out in the sun in the middle of the day, especially during a lockdown.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

good 6.5


After waking up a bit late this morning, I could not run - it was too late for that. Around noon I got some time so went out for a run. It was still very windy, so despite feeling strong and having a really good run, the pace was only decent. the wind was really strong and at some points it felt like running into a wall.

6.5km in the sun. Couldn't ask for better. 

Saturday, December 26, 2020

ok 5


I thought about not going running tonight because it was super windy and the wind was cold. Then I decided to gout anyway, but with no plan or expectations. It was my first time wearing a long sleeve running shirt for this winter, but I wore a white running shirt over it because when I run at night I always wear a white shirt so drivers can see me better.

The run itself was ok. The wind was strong. At some points it felt like I was running into a wall. When the wind subsided it was pleasant and not cold. Overall the run was fine.

Friday, December 25, 2020

ok 5


I wasn't going to run today, and I probably shouldn't have, but I did. Today is a fast day, but it is a pretty short one. So I felt like going for a run, and because I  ran my longer run yesterday, today was really my recovery run. I could say that even though I decided to go for a run, I decided to just make it an easy, lazy, run, because of the fast day, but that is at least partially not true. It was a very slow run because of it being a recovery run and my not being able to run faster. But that is fine.

5km at a slow pace on a beautiful chilly morning.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

really good 13


I got up early this morning to do my longer run of the week, because with Friday being a fast day I wouldnt be able to do it then. I woke up and it was pouring rain. Being that I am not prepping for a marathon or anything like that where my discipline would require me to go out on schedule even in the rain, I decided to not go out. As the morning went on, it was still gloomy and cool, but with no actual rain I decided to go out for my run. I might still run tomorrow, but if I do it will be a short run.

I felt really good and had a much quicker pace than any run recently, and I felt strong all along the route. I ran starting off across Kishon, as always, and then run across the bridge and up through Yarmuth Park to Gimmel. At the top I turned right and ran nearly out to the road down to 375, and then turned around. Ran back and ran halfway across Hayarden (half of the section in A), and then turned and ran back down to home, finishing at 13km.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

good 6.5


Had a pretty good run today that was only good. 6.5km. I felt good overall, but it felt like a slowish run, nothing special. No burst of energy or whatnot. I once again felt fine so extended my run - what was going to be a 5km run turned into a 6.5km. I say it was a pretty good run because my average pace was much better than expected. So even though I felt I was slowish, I was actually running better than I thought.

Monday, December 21, 2020

good 7.5


good 7.5km run this morning at a decent pace. Felt pretty good, was colder than expected at the start of the run. First two km were pretty slow, and I thought it was going to be a difficult run, but after that i got into a groove and  it smoothed out....

Sunday, December 20, 2020

pretty good 9


Had a pretty good 9km run just now.

This morning I woke up a little bit later than usual, and by the time I was finished with my morning routine (lavatory, prayers, etc), it was a little too late to go for a run, especially with the kids returning to school. Also, I wasn''t so driven to push myself out the door and make it work, so I didn't find a way.

Once again, the day was so beautiful, that after working all day, suddenly in the afternoon some time opened up and I really wanted to get out and run in the sun. It felt great, I felt strong, the air was wonderful and the sun warm. Just a pretty good 9km run at a decent pace.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

ok 5


slow recovery run for 5km. frun was fine, though very slow, but it was smooth and good for a Motzash despite ankles and feet still hurting from Friday

Friday, December 18, 2020

good 12


I got up this morning and was not in the mood to run. So I didn't. But I was out later in the morning and it was really a beautiful day so i decided that when I would get home I would go out for a run. So I did.

12km at an ok pace. Beautiful weather, beautiful skies, pleasant sun. Wonderful to be outside. The run itself was good and I felt strong almost the entire way, though the final kilometer was a little wobbly.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

ok 5


I wasn't going to run today, but it looks like tomorrow will have to be an off day, so when I woke up I figured I might as well go out for a run.

5km, decent pace. Chilly air, got out in between the rains. Knee felt a little wobbly, so I was cautious - no pain, so that's good.

Monday, December 14, 2020

good 6.5


today was a good 6.5km run, but it was much tougher. Pace was ok. felt good but the run felt tough

the air was surprisingly and unexpectedly warm. I had delayed a bit going out because it was windy and I assumed the air was probably still morning chill plus strong wind, but when I went out I was surprised to be hit by the warm air with a strong wind. There was a strong headwind during much of my run.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

good 7.5


today's run was a good one, especially compared to last night's run. 7.5km at a decent pace. felt good and strong, even on the uphills

Saturday, December 12, 2020

lousy 5


lousy run tonight. I am happy I made it to 5km. everything just felt lousy and disjointed. And it wasnt even a recovery run because I didnt run long on Friday. Just a lousy run. It happens.

Friday, December 11, 2020

disappointing 5


I wanted to run somewhere in the range of 15, maybe as high as 18. But man was I tired when I woke up this morning, and my body just felt tired throughout my run.. I decided to just cut it at 5. I probably could have pushed through and maybe my energy burst would have hit at some point, but I didn't. The 5km run was fine, nothing special, but I am disappointed with my run today. Maybe later I'll go out for some more if I have the time.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

good 5


another smooth run where everything just felt good. 5km at a decent pace. Considering that today is supposed to be a little bit warmer, I was surprised that the early morning was cooler and breezier than the past few days, but it was nice overall

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

good 9


this morning's run was pretty good. 9km and it felt like I was gliding, though my pace doesn't actually reflect that. It just felt good all the way through. At about 7km it started to rain lightly.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

decent 5


went out for a run, feeling good. Run was decent though ankles felt weak for most of the run. The run itself was decent at a reasonable pace. Initially I planned to run maybe 8, thinking it was Monday. During the run I realized it is Tuesday, so I cut it to 5, in anticipation of tomorrow's run.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

ok 6.5


Got a late start today.

Actually, I got up as early as normal, but I just wasn't feeling like going out for a run. I decided that if I would get a chance during the morning I would go out then, in the sun and warmer weather.

I got my chance, so I went out. The weather was nice, sunny and cool. My run was decent, at a much more decent pace than last night's run. Still slow, but decent compared to yesterday.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

recovery 5


not a great run. not even close. 5km recovery at a very slow pace. Joints were still sore, so I knew it would be very slow. But at least I got out there on a chilly night and got my run in. Though I chuckle as I type the word "run" on a night like this, as it was so slow it was more similar to a walk than a run!

Friday, December 4, 2020

good 14


Had a good 14km run this morning . was not sure how far I would wan to run. I knew I wasnt up for 17-18, but wanted to go higher than 10. As I began my run I felt really good and strong and I figured I would aim for 13-14.

During the run as I went out on Road 10 (3855) I bumped into some old friends and ran with them for a couple of kilometers until I was ready to turn back.

Overall good run at a good pace. Good weather and felt good. Nice seeing friends. Ran down the boardwalk from RBS to Road 10 and it has really turned out beautiful and the benches even face a wonderfully stunning view (unlike in some other places I recently commented about with the benches installed facing a tree trunk or a blank wall).

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

good 8


good 8km run at a decent, slightly slow, pace. Was a little distracted and went exploring. On Kishon, in the non-residential area, I saw a fox or jackal in the weeds right beside me. He ran off and I stopped to look for him for a bit. Then later when running through Yarmuth Park, I stopped near the river at different sections looking for frogs. Was nice and pleasant and low key.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

good 6


I got out early for a good 6km run. Decent pace, good weather, nice run

Sunday, November 29, 2020

good 6.5


 had a good 6.5km run this morning at a good pace. felt good, good weather, beautiful morning.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

recovery 5

 not a bad run for a recovery run. 5km at a slow pace, felt strong enough but a bit uncomfortable tonight and a bit heavy

Friday, November 27, 2020

good 8


had a good 8km run today that was ok. 

The run itself was good, though some things around it were weird or didnt work out the way they normally do, so it was ok overall. My muscles were sore, which makes no sense because two weeks off is nothing in the scheme of things and shouldnt be enough to cause any significant deterioration of fitness. Maybe my form now is slightly different than it was before the two weeks off so muscles are being used now that werent before. That is a real possibility. I forgot my hat and only noticed half a kilometer in and didnt feel like going back to get it, so by mid-run my sweat was pouring into my eyes and my glasses were fogging up. The run felt slow and painful, but was really a decent pace and painful. My arm band holding my phone was slipping down a lot, and my new bone conducting earphones were being drowned out by passing buses and trucks.

Whatever. Either way the run itself was good.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

good 6.5


After about two weeks off I finally got back out there this morning. 6.5km at a good pace. Felt really good but in the middle I suddenly felt worn out like I had been running too fast too soon. Good weather with crisp air.

I am not planning to start another run streak, but if it happens it happens. As always I just plan to go out for a run whenever possible.

Friday, November 13, 2020

end of streak

 and just like that the running streak comes to an end. I wont be running for the next ten days or so. I dont have any injuries that are preventing me from running, so thank God for that, but external factors do not make it possible it right now. 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

ok 5



Today's run was blah. I didnt want to get out of bed. I didnt want to get myself ready. I didnt want to go out. I did everything possible to delay. I woke up feeling tired, lazy and stiff.

But out I went. The run itself was ok. I ran my regular 5km but put no major effort into it - I just ran slow and steady and did not try to do anything special - I wasnt working on my form or trying to run faster or anything. I just ran it to run it.

On a day like this, just getting out is a win

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

very good 9



This morning brought me a very good 9km run. I felt strong and unlike the other day, today's strong run actually had me running a decent pace. Still enjoying good weather, tfoo tfoo tfoo

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

good 7.5



Had a good 7.5km run this morning with a friend.

We ran out again on Eliyahu Hanavi St on the edge of RBS Gimmel. We split up by the top of Yarmuth Park an I ran back down through the park. Good uneventful run.

Monday, November 9, 2020

good 7.5



good 7.5km run. Felt strong. I was actually surprised to see how slow I was running (pretty much my normal speed today), as I felt strong and it felt as if I was having a fast run/ But it wasn't.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

good 6



had a good 6km run this morning, though legs felt a little bit heavy. nice air, nice weather

Saturday, November 7, 2020

good 5



had a good 5km run. Very good for a Motzash. It was slow but I felt good despite the remaining stiffness from Friday's long run.

Friday, November 6, 2020

very good 17



Ran a very good 17km this morning. The last couple of kilometers were tough, especially since I miscalculated the route in my head and had been planning a 15km run. 

I ran a different route, one I have been thinking about for a while but have been too cautious to attempt. I started my regular route and when i got to the top of Park Yarmuth, I turned right, along the road at the edge of RBS Gimmel that I ran yesterday with Victor. This time I ran it to the end and then turned left and ran on the new road out to the 375. It actually came out further west than I had remembered, so my run back was longer than planned. That road is blessed with a nice bike lane alongside it, upon which I ran. When i hit the 375, I turned left to run back to the 10 and then RBS. I saw some of my running friends out, along with seeing a couple of snails and a beautiful fox or jackal that was sadly fresh roadkill. 

The weather was beautiful with crisp fresh air, clean and fresh after the recent rains. The route along the edge of Gimmel, much of which was a boardwalk, along with the road down to 375, was beautiful with beautiful views.

Good run, reasonable pace. pushed past what I thought my limit was.

Here are some of what I saw today:

Thursday, November 5, 2020

good 7.5



This was a longer run than expected or planned, and it happened because I met up with my old running buddy and we ran together. First time in a couple of years. Running with a partner is very different than running alone. 

It was pouring rain all night long and stopped shortly before we were supposed to meet up. After confirming that we were still going to run, I headed out and we met up. We ran out in an area I never ran before. 

After meeting by the traffic circle of Yarden-Yarqon, we ran out on the street opposite, above the park and out towards Gimel and Daled. I don't know the name of that road, but we just stayed ion it for a few kilometers. I had never before run that far out on the road, and it really had some beautiful views of the mountains. After a few kilometers we turned and ran back. We split up when we got back to our starting point and I ran home, finishing at 7.5km. The plan was originally 5, in between Wednesday's medium run and Friday's long run. We'll see how it affects tomorrow's run.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

good 8.5



had a good 8.5km run this morning at a reasonable pace. Some strong headwinds but nice temperature and good fresh air. bumped into my old running buddy and partner. haven't seen each other running in ages. maybe we'll get back together for some running..

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

good 5



Had a good 5km run this morning at a reasonable pace. I actually wanted to run 6 or 7 and was feeling great so really wanted to keep going but I forced myself to end it at 5 so as to save it for a slightly longer run tomorrow. Wednesday run is always more priority than a Tuesday run.

So far missing the rain, but eventually this running streak will come to an end and it will likely be because of inclement weather. 

Monday, November 2, 2020

good 6.5



Had a good run this morning. I didn't know if it would happen or not. Last night the thunderstorms started and are supposed to continue for a few days. I did not know what would happen if I woke up and found it raining hard - would I go out or not? I run in the rain, but usually those are light rains that start after I am already out running. I rarely go out into the rain, let alone a heavy rain. But, it is moot, as I woke up and it was not raining.

So I had a good run. Everything felt fine, pace was ok, and I pushed it to 6.5km

Sunday, November 1, 2020

slow 5



another slow run. everything was sore and stiff. This run was exactly 12 hours from last night's run. a slow 5km run.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

slow 5



Slow 5, but not horribly slow. decent run for a Motzash run.

Friday, October 30, 2020

ok 8.5

 wanted to run long, but didn't want to run long. Just wasn't feeling it today. Felt like a burden. Wanted to run 15, wanted to break 10, wanted to cut it short at 5. I pushed myself to not make it just another Monday or Tuesday run, so I pushed myself to keep going, and I ended the run at 8.5 at a slow pace.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

ok 5



 Had a decent 5km run this morning. Slow, but overall felt good.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

ok 8

 HOKA Arahi


had an ok but tough 8km run this morning. Body was feeling tired. I wanted to run 8 but didn't know if I would make it, and kept thinking about stopping early. Pushed myself to keep going just a little bit more, until finally I turned onto my 8 route and then it was a foregone conclusion (unless I would just turn around and go home, which isn't ever likely to happen).

After 8 consecutive days running, I don't know what I will do tomorrow. I had no plan to start a running streak, but now that I have I dont want to stop it. This is the point of exhaustion, and I know if I power through it, even with a couple of tired runs, I'll come out the other side fine. But do I want to power through it?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

good 6


 Today's run was my 7th consecutive day running. 

Feeling good, I decided to run 6km, but while on the run I really didn't want to. Just wasn't feeling it. I really had to force myself to go 6. Overall good run, everything felt pretty good.

Monday, October 26, 2020

good 6


I had a pretty good 6km run this morning. Nothing exciting. Just a good run

Sunday, October 25, 2020

good 5

 I wasnt sure if I would run today or not, but I kind of wanted to. I got up early enough because of the clock change that I could watch the last couple innings of the world series game and still go out for a run. I figured it would be another slow run, like last night's run, maybe a little better. it turned out to be a pretty good run at a really good pace, even though I felt a little stiff still. I was also running in my On Running shoes rather than the new Hokas and I thought that might hurt the run a bit, though I am never sure of the effect of changing my shoes on any given run. Regardless, it was a good run, so I don't know if that affected anything or not.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

very slow recovery 5

 very slow recovery run tonight of 5km. I knew it would be slow. I probably should not even have gone out. I was still sore and stiff, and my ankles and feet still hurt from Friday's long run. But I went out knowing it would be a slow run, and truthfully it was better than I expected, slow as it was. 

The air felt like the rain is coming.

Friday, October 23, 2020

great 13.5

 had a great 13.5km run this morning. 

I hadn't decided how far I would run or what route, until midway through the run itself. I kept going back and forth between 7-8km easy run and between breaking 11km (my longest long run recently). Obviously the debates of the route were also dependent on the decision of distance.

I am not sure if the new Hoka Arahis had an effect or not, but pushing 5 and 6km , everything still felt so smooth and great that I decided I would run out of the neighborhood and try to break 11.

After some waffling on the route, I ended up leaving the neighborhood a bit later than expected, and without any crazy extensions, that route had me finishing at 13.5km. At a good pace

Thursday, October 22, 2020

really good 5

 had a really good 5km run this morning. I hope it doesnt make tomorrow's "long" run more difficult...

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

nice 7

 Went out this morning in my new Hoka One One Arahi 4 stability running shoes. After hearing so much about how different Hokas are designed and built I really expected the shoe to feel very different than anything I have ever worn. It just felt good, not so different. Had a good 7km run at a decent pace.

Monday, October 19, 2020

run in the sun 5

 went out late for a run and had a nice 5km run in the sun. Worked hard, paid attention  to form and had a nice 5km run at a good pace. Was interrupted a couple of times with work calls, so i was not able to extend it further, but it was nice to be out running in the sunlight with the warm air...

Saturday, October 17, 2020

recovery 5

 slow recovery run of 5km. haven't been running on a Motzash in a long time, was surprised to see so many people out running. felt good but stiff, went tonight because I wont be able to run tomorrow morning.

Friday, October 16, 2020

very good 5

 had a very good run this morning, for the first run after a week off due to being under the weather. Still not feeling 100%, but feeling pretty good, so i went out.I planned it for a short run, just to get back into routine. I was very careful and conscious about my form, plus I ran hard, and the results showed with a much stronger pace that I have seen recently, though it wasn't easy because I still felt not at full strength from being sick (ie I felt tired-weak during the run).

Overall, very good run of 5km and next week I'll get back to my more regular running routine...

Wednesday, October 14, 2020


 sorry for no posts, but I haven't been running this week. I have bene a little under the weather (not covid. I tested as a precaution and came back negative). Felling much better but not 100%. I probably could have run this morning but decided not to. Maybe I'll go out for a short run tomorrow as a warmup for Friday. Maybe not. We'll see.

Friday, October 9, 2020

ok 11

 I kind of wanted to run 12 or 13 today, but I was feeling tired and uncomfortable, and my joints hurt a bit, probably from Wednesdays run. Despite that I had a pretty decent 11km run. Slow, but overall it felt good and was pretty smooth 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

good 8

 It was nice running in the sunlight. My runs recently have mostly been in the dark or the dull early morning light, because sunrise has gotten very late. This morning I got a bit of a later start and the sun was already out and fully up. Not really hot yet, but bright and sunny. It was nice.

Anyway, I had a good 8km run. Everything felt good and I felt stronger than previous days. And it shows in the results of a longer run at a slightly better pace.

Tomorrow will not a non-running day.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

very slow 5

 against my better judgement I decided to go for another run this morning rather than take Tuesday off. 5km at a very slow pace. As I was approaching the 4.5km mark around where I either turn right to extend it to a 6 or more run, or I turn around to cut it at 5, I was tempted to go to 6. Just because. I forced myself to just turn around and finish at 5.

Monday, October 5, 2020

disjointed 7

 I felt fine today - not fully recovered from Friday's long run but much better and closer to normal. I expected a pretty good run today. And it actually felt like a good run. But it was really slow. Nearly as slow as yesterday's recovery run. I felt like I was running faster, a more recently average pace, but it was a really slow pace. Just felt strange. I felt good so I pushed up my planned 6 to 7.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

recovery 5

 this morning's run really felt like a recovery run, which hasn't happened in a long time. Stiff, joints weak, just plodding and clodding along. A very slow run, but it felt like it would help me have a good run next time.

Friday, October 2, 2020

good 11

Went out planning to run 10km, depending on how I'd feel on the run. I felt good. I started out across Kishon as always, and then instead of running across the bridge and up the park I just ran straight up Hayarqon . I decided I was going to run out on the 10, which I have not done in a long time. I both wanted to and I was also curios to check out the roadblocks that are supposed to be there for the lockdown, and to see if the would stop me, but the non-running aspect was secondary.

So up and out I go, no roadblocks no nothing. I ran out. The road is under construction so thee were some hazardous spots, but all was good. I ran out on the 10 to the 375 and turned at the end and ran back. I hit 11 only because of the distances or where I chose to run, not because I decided to keep going or anything dramatic like that, but I felt pretty good throughout.

One of my problems is that often I look down when I run - just to a short distance in front of my feet. I do that often when I walk, but when I run it is also to protect myself from tripping over obstacles, even though I know I would see them even if I looked a bit up and spread my view over a greater distance. It also indicates bad form, so it is something I try to work on, but I often just find myself doing it naturally for long periods of time before I remember to lift my head a bit and straighten my back.

Well, today it was a problem. Besides for just generally doing it, I was running through a portion of road construction, uphill, so I was more watching my foot placement so I wouldnt hurt myself. Sure enough, instead of twisting my ankle on rocks or upended sidewalk tiles, I smashed my head into a low hanging street advertising sign. I have always noticed the  sign on my way out as I run under it and always thought it comes awfully close, but when you see it you adjust your gait and are careful to run under it. On the way back in, running uphill through construction, I just didn't see it at all. I ran right into it, smashing the top portion of my head, with my hat slightly dulling the impact. It knocked me dead in my tracks as I fell and my glasses flew off my face from the sweat and inertia. I stumbled a bit to pick them up and get up and noticed a car stopping up ahead to make sure I was alright. I checked myself and saw everything seemed ok and kept going and the driver was in the meantime turning around and coming back to check on me. I told him I was ok as I started running again, and headed back home. 

I guess it will swell up a bit and hurt more a little later, but I think it is ok. Besides for that it was a really good 11km run, albeit it, slow as always

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

pretty good 7

 pretty good 7km run. was planning to run 6.5, assuming a good run (I felt good when going out but that doesnt always translate to a good run), but I felt so good out there that when I passed the 5km mark I decided being a Wednesday I should bump it up to 7

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

low expectation 5

 today i just wanted to get out there. I had no expectations. After Yom Kippur and building the sukka last night, I slept very poorly, so I went out tired and sore. I took it easy and overall the run was fine, albeit it extremely slow. That's ok. I got out and started my day with a run.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

good 6.5

 had a good 6.5km run. Nothing exciting. just a good early morning run

on today's run my mind wandered back to previous years when I was marathon training at this point of the year. I remembered running at 3 in the morning to be back for selichos after a 25 or 30km run along roads 38, 375, the 383, the 353 under the beautiful starry skies... good times

Friday, September 25, 2020

tough 9

 I wanted to break 7 and was hoping for 8-9km. It was a struggle from the first step. Humidity was not too bad and temps seem to have dropped slightly, but from the first step everything felt stiff and heavy and like I shouldn't bother. But I pressed on. As I approached 9km I considered briefly extending it to 10km. I resisted the urge and cut it at 9. Overall a good, very slow, run but it was a struggle.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

great 6.5

 didnt have time to post this morning and then forgot later as the day went on. Had a great 6.5km run this morning. Slow, but everything felt good. Hot, humid, all the regular stuff for this time of year, but it was a good run.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

good 5

 good 5km run this morning. haven't run since Wednesday. Went Friday to run but had some pain in my foot so bailed, and yesterday was a fast day so took an extra rest day because of it. Today everything felt fine and had a good slow run.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

good 6.5

 got a little bit of a later start than planned, so stopped at 6.5km, but it was a good run, even if very humid. Felt pretty good and in rhythm even though it was a slow run, No need to stop at all.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

tough 6

 I was planning to not run today,as I prefer to run on Wednesday over Tuesdays, and while both are possible, sometimes it is one or the other. But then I ran. I woke up early and decided to go for it.

6km at a slow pace. tough run. felt like a struggle. I went the extra km to make up for the difficulty in running and slow pace

Monday, September 14, 2020

ok 5

 the run didnt feel good. it felt like a struggle. I cut it at 5. Weirdly enough, my pace was better than all the good runs last week, but this run just didnt feel good. I was surprised to see my speed was better.

Friday, September 11, 2020

great 8.5

 My goal today was to run more than 7km, hopefully 8. 

The run was great, despite the heat, humidity and no air movement. I felt great. No need to stop except for a water break in the park. Finished at 8.5km, and it was my fastest run all week, despite it being a slow run. Obviously it was also my longest run. I think I kept my form pretty good today. Keeping form consistent is not an easy task, especially from run to run (rather than just within any one run)

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

good 7

 got in a good 7km run, albeit slow. I ran a different route because I had to stop by my parents on Dolev and help them with something. So, I started regular running to the end of Kishon,  out to the first section of RBS B and back but I ran back up Hayarden to Dolev. Ran on Dolev to my parents, did what I needed to do, then ran on Dolev to maor, down to Hayarden, and down Hayarqon back to home, with a detour on the bridge to finish at 7. I havent run the Hayarden Hill in a long time - wow, that was tough!

Monday, September 7, 2020

good 6

 I couldn't run this morning, after going to sleep very late last night. I was just going to run tomorrow morning, despite preferring not to run on Tuesdays, but decided to get a late Monday night run in instead.

It was a good slow 6km run. Much hotter and more humid than I expected for so late at night. Felt ok.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

good 5

 good, hot, run of 5km. got a sightly later than expected start. Felt ok. I am self-diagnosing my self as having either sciatica or piriforms, probably piriforms because my lower back is fine with no pain at all. I think this has been the source of my unusual pains over the past 4 or 5 weeks. It is already much less and has not prevented me from running, but it is still hampering me in that i cannot go full effort - or my full effort as a lower level than it was because it hurts too much to allow me to run faster. 

Friday, September 4, 2020

good 7

 this is funny. I wanted to bump up to 7 or 8km today. But then I went outside and it was so hot and humid, it was unbearable. I decided right then and there that I would just run 5km and that would have to be good enough. The run went pretty well and as I approached 5 I decided I could keep going and run to 6 or 6.5. and then once I was running 6.5 there was no reason I couldn't bump it up a little more, so I finished at 7. There was no need to punish myself and run 8. I finished my run so drenched in sweat. it was really bad heat and humidity out there today.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Monday, August 31, 2020

tough 6.5

 it was hot and tiring, but I ran 6.5km. slow but it is in the books!

Friday, August 28, 2020

tough 6.5

 I went out today planning to run more than 5. I didn't have a specific gooal, but I considered every option from 6.5 to 8km.

The run was tough. I was slow, my legs felt heavy and tired, as did I in general, and it was just a struggle. I decided to cut it short at 5 considering the quality of the run and figured that would be more than acceptable, considering it is my 5th run of the week after weeks of no running or little running. But then as I was approaching 5, I decided to just keep going for a bit. No reason why not. So I am a little tired, so the run isnt great, so it is a bit of a struggle and not the smoothest of runs. So what? So I ran 6.5km. 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

good 5

 4th run of the week... while no planning isnt the same as bad planning, it is not all that different. I prefer to run Wednesdays, as then I can not run Thursday and run Friday. When coming back form a period of no running plus pain and issues, it is not advisable to run too much, which I might be doing anyway, but I didn't want to run 4 consecutive days. But I didn't really think about it at the time. I woke up Tuesday morning and ran, just because. Only later did I realize that that would mean not running Wednesday. Then if I dont run Thursday, I am getting into a pattern. so by running Tuesday I messed up my schedule.

So I ran today, and hopefully I will run tomorrow. Today was good. Saw more improvement. Ran hard, worked, even struggled a bit, but it was a good run.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

good 5

 3 days in a row! i was hesitant again today, feeling like if I ran I might feel the pain again, so I was ready to just go for a walk, but I had no problem and was able to run.

5km on another hot and humid morning. Each day I have been getting increasingly not as slow - I don't think i can say increasingly faster yet... I find myself working harder on the runs and keeping myself to the form and gait I think works for me.

I also think it might be time for new shoes. One pair of running shoes is pretty worn down. The other is still in good shape. An orthopedist told me to switch to Hokas, so that might be my next pair and maybe it will be better for me. we'll see

Monday, August 24, 2020

good 5

 running two consecutive days? that hasn't happened in a while! I was truly not even expecting it. I went out for a run thinking it would turn into a walk. I was a little sore from yesterday's run still, along with the fact that recently any time I run, I have had some strange pains for a few days after the run that would prevent any further running. So I went out ready for a run, though slightly later than usual, but expecting to go for a walk. But I started my run and was not feeling any pf those pains, so I just went ahead and did my 5km run.

And it was a good run. I felt like I was working and benefiting from a real run. It felt good. 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

good 5

 It was a struggle. I havent run in a few weeks, have been in all sorts of pain with my feet and knees recently, and it was a hot and humid morning. But I got out there and made it through 5km. Nowadays that is a good run, no matter the pace or how well the run actually was. Just getting out there made it good.

Friday, August 7, 2020

good 6.5

Getting a pain free run is good, so even though it was a slow run, it was still a good run, and it was my first of the week.

Nowadays I am having a number of strange pains in my feet and legs so getting runs in is difficult. Even if I get a pain free run in, the pain comes up after the run and prevents me from running for a few days - and this time it was a full week. A few times during the week I went ourt for a run thinking it was gone and I would be able to run only to find the pain immediately upon beginning the run. I don't know where it is coming from, if perhaps my core is weak and my form is bad (I don't think so but maybe) or if I have an actual injury (I don't think so), or if it is my shoes or my orthotics or my gait or something else.

Whatever it is, today I was able to run, and I don't know what the future brings - maybe I will be able to run again in the next few days, maybe I won't.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

ok 6.5

Got up early today and went out for a 6.5km run. the run was ok, but it was hotter and more humid than I expected for such an early morning run.  Felt good

My Garmin Connect did sync after the run, but it still gave me messages about the problem being worked on. it seems some of the Garmin servers around the world are back online while others are not, so service is returning though still spotty.

I noticed int he media announcements about the Garmin troubles with the ransomware that they commented on people's personal data not having being stolen. I am not sure why any Russian, Ukranian or North Korean would try to steal my running data. Why would they be interested in seeing how slowly I run? And if they do want to know, why should I care? Anyways, they seemed to go through a lot of effort to find out my pace and distance. They could have just asked me. I would have been more than happy to share the information with them.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

slow 5

haven't run on Motzash in ages, but I did tonight. Ran a slow 5km on a very humid night. Nothing exciting. Felt fine. No, my Garmin is not syncing tonight. Not that it matters.

Friday, July 17, 2020

ok 12

I wanted to push myself to more than 10, so I set my sights on 12km for today's run.

After starting out with my normal route, instead of adding more distance by running on Hayarden to Dolev and back, I decided to run out on Road 10 to the 375 and back. In my head I calculated that this would give me about 12km without trying to then calculate where and how much to extend to get 12, as I would if I ran on hayarden and back.

It worked out well, and I got my 12km in a pretty good run. I did notice that int he later kms I started to have some pain that has been cropping up recently. I am not even sure how to describe it, but I will figure it out. I think in the later kilometers my body has been getting tired and begins to slouch and lose posture and by then I am paying attention less. It was much harder to fix myself in those later kilometers. So my first 6 or 7 kilometers were at a reasonable pace, but the last few were at a very slow pace.

But I got my 12km in!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

better 6.5

I have been conscious of the fact that my running gait and form have been messed up recently. I believe that is a lot of the cause of my continued pains and discomforts. It may well be because of my recent tendinitis and when I started running again I altered my form subconsciously to avoid potential pains, causing me others. I am watching videos on running form - not to learn running form so much but more to remind myself to be aware and pay attention and focus on my own form.

In this morning's 6.5km run I tried to focus much more no my form and I had a really good run. Even my pace was significantly better. Everything was more intentional. I have to continue to pay attention more and it will become more natural again..

Sunday, July 12, 2020

ok 6

was going to run 5, but decided on the fly that I had enough time for another km, so did 6. slow but steady. still feel like my legs just have little strength . I dont know why that is, but I guess that is my new reality.

Friday, July 10, 2020

very slow 10

My goal was 10km today and I got it, but it was a very slow run. It was already a very slow run form the beginning, but after my knee started to feel wonky at 6.4km, the rest of the way was much slower, too ensure I wouldnt strain my knee. Haha, as if I could have run faster had I wanted to. I couldn't.

Overall the run was hot and humid and fine. I felt good, if slow

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

ok 5

I wasn't planning on running today, but was secretly hoping I would wake up early enough to run before this morning's planned early start. And I did, so I decided to run.

5km at average pace. Felt good, no stopping - ran through the entire time. Pace improved a little bit, closer to average now. I hope that is a trend moving upward and not just a particularly good day or two.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

ok 5

5km early morning run. slow pace. No stopping at all, so that was good.

Sometimes after runs like this especially a bunch in a row, where I just feel weak and slow and that the best I can do is not even close to what I recently was able to do, let alone thinking farther back, I feel like it might be time to hang it up and find something else to do. Or at least to get resigned to the fact that those days are behind me and the little I can do is the little I will be able to do from now on.

And then I will get a moment of inspiration where I will say I am determined to make my comeback. I know building up will be hard, and I know being slow does not matter. And I know that with determination and perseverance and consistency I will be able to build it back up little by little.

And if not, not. If I can only run short distances slowly, and that's all I can do for my health and fitness, so be it, and that is what it will be. And that is also fine.

Friday, July 3, 2020

good 9

My pace was slow again. I seem to have lost much of my leg strength. But that's ok. I made up for my pace today with distance. For the first time in a while I went for decent distance. I ran 9km, starting with my usual across Kishon, across the first leg of the bridge to Gimmel, up Hayarqon and through Yarmuth Park and across the first leg of Hayarden, then back down Hayarqon to home. Slow pace, as mentioned, but I did not need to stop for extar breaks as I have recently. I did stop for a regular water break in the park ont he way up the hill, and I need to stop momentarily a couple of times to reset my focus because my knee suddenly felt wonkey - resetting my focus helped me get my gait back to what it should be and get rid of the wonkiness.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

not bad 5

After almost a week of no running, mostly due to rough schedule, along with some inertia and laziness, I finally went out this morning for a run. It was slow but it felt good to be out running and I felt good. 5km at a slow pace

Friday, June 26, 2020

ok 6

still struggling to find my rhythm. I ran 6km at average pace. I felt fine, but it felt like a struggle the whole way. I had to stop a few times.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

good 5

Had a good 5km run this morning. Felt good. The run is still somewhat of a struggle and doesn't seem smooth. I still have to stop every now and then to catch my breath and it feels like I am working hard, whether I am running a fast or slow pace.

Monday, June 22, 2020

slow 5

Against my better judgement I went out for another run today. I really need to not overdo it, but I really wanted to go. I am just happy to be out running, it matters less if it is a good run or not. Today's run was not particularly good. I was ambitious in my head before I went out. I thought maybe to run 8 or 9 kilometers, probably at a fast pace.

Uch. It was so hot and my legs felt so heavy. I barely made it to 5km. Had to stop a few times to rest along the way. I guess I am still getting back into shape. Still, I was happy to be out there feeling good.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

nice 6

was going for more than 3 today. Was thinking 5 for a start, but was flexible, both to possibly less if it felt like I shouldnt be going more and also to more if everything seemed great. Up to 4.5 I was thinking 5, but then decided I still felt great so I'll go 6.

The run was fine, nothing exciting. My pace was good, but slightly slower than I expected. That's fine - trying to avoid straining anything or overdoing it quickly...

Friday, June 19, 2020

fast 3

went out for another 3km run. Felt like I could do more but I had promised myself to stop at 3 and I forced myself to keep to it.

I ran it very fast, though it was strange. In my legs it felt like a slow run due to sore leg muscles from Wednesday's fast run, but when I hit my km markers, I saw my speed was fast. It was so much faster than normal for me that I had to stop for a moment in the middle to catch my breath. My final pace was significantly faster than what my normal fast pace has become.

I felt good and my foot felt fine, but I am being cautious. I have learned that with post tibial tendinitis, if it is not hurting already, it could still hurt later. I was in some pain yesterday, but I am also being careful about doing the exercises I was given for this issue, so hopefully it should be nothing more than mild soreness.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

another 3

I am limiting myself to a maximum of 3km runs, at least until Friday, maybe until Sunday. So, today I ran another 3km, but this time I just ran without an attempt of keeping it slow. I surprised myself and ran back at my full top speed. I thought I would be somewhat slower and would need to build my strength back up, but it seems that doesnt drop off so quickly. The run was better than yesterday's but still not quite back to normal yet. The important thing is that everything felt good, no pain, and I am happily getting back to the routine of regular running.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

back to 3

it has been nearly a month since I ran, and the 2 or 3 weeks before that I only ran a small amount because of some hamstring pain. At the time I suspected my shoes as being the source of the problem. I stopped completely when suddenly I noticed that my normal foot pains had increased tremendously, with new sources of pain as well, and had become unbearable. I could not run. At some point I realized that the hamstring pain was almost definitely from my various foot pains, as I had subconsciously been adjusting my gait to minimize pain and it was messing up my running. That is why all those runs had been struggles and I needed a lot of rest stops as well.

In the meantime I went to the Orthopedist, Podiatrist, had anti-inflammatories, dealt with some PT and orthotics issues and tried to get my foot better. I was diagnosed with Post Tibial Tendon Dysfunction. My feet (mainly right foot, but somewhat on the left a swell) needed to rest, some medication and some TLC via exercises focusing on that part of the body - strengthening the calf and feet.

I feel better now, I think. The pain is pretty much gone, even much of the "normal" pain I had prior to the recent flare up.

I went out today for my first run back. I went planning a short distance of maximum 3km, and no hopes for any specific pace. I just felt it was time to start getting back out there and also to start bringing down the weight I picked up over the past few weeks. My body felt good but the run felt completely off. No rhythm, nothing in sync. It was somewhat difficult but that is to be expected after a significant break. I'll go for a few more short runs and then start building up again, assuming everything continues to feel fine.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

decent 5

I knew I would not want to run again in 40 degree weather, 100+F, so I made sure to run early today. It was still hot and unpleasant, but not unreasonable. Running in 80+ degree weather is not the same as running in 100+ degree weather.

I was sore and in pain in a number of parts of my legs and feet, but had a decent run. Pace was ok and I felt ok, and stopped much less than yesterday. The breeze, which was slight, was pleasant, compared to yesterday's breeze that was hot and furnace-like. It is difficult to run in this weather, but trying to get back in shape, you do what you gotta do.

Monday, May 18, 2020

crazy 5

Wow, that was crazy hot.

I missed the early morning run I had planned, due to misunderstanding the schedule. Because of the heat I assumed I would just wait until tomorrow, or maybe tonight, rather than run during the day, but I really wanted to run. When I had a small gap in my morning, i decided to go for a run, despite the crazy heat. the temperatures here in Bet Shemesh are about 38 degrees centigrade, 100 degrees Farenheit. About. That is insane to run in. So I went out knowing it would not be anything but a short run.

5km at a decent pace. not particularly fast but much better than Saturday night's run. I had to stop a few times in the shade because of the heat, but overall I survived with a good run, though I didnt dare extend it even one more kilometer.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

tentative 6

After a full week of no running, and very little running over the past 3 weeks, due to a niggling problem with my right hamstring, I finally went out tonight. First, I wasn't feeling anything in my hammy, so I figured it was safe to go out for a test run. Second, I have come to the suspicion over the past week that my shoes were at fault. I took a close look at my main pair of running shoes and the soles looked really worn down. I began to suspect that they might be the cause of my pain. Tonight I went out and wore a different pair of shoes. And I felt nothing. A real test would be to now go out, maybe tomorrow or the next day, wearing my regular shoes and seeing if I have any pain. Maybe whatever it was healed, or maybe it is the shoes. It is looking as if it is time to retire those shoes. We'll see if I do any more testing or just put them out to pasture.

So, I went out, looking to do 5km. We are in an extreme heat wave, and I havent really run much over the past 3 weeks, so I had no ambitions for a great run. It was just going to be a run to test thigns out and get comfortable.

I ran 6km at a slow pace. I was shooting for 5, but when I was running so slow I just figured I might as well do more. I did have to stop a few times to catch my breath and rest for a few moments. The heat was brutal. Thankfully everything was fine, so now I just have to get back into the routine and flow of running regularly.

Friday, May 8, 2020

slow 4

I didnt know how I would feel, but I went out for a run. My hamstring has still been bothering me, though not badly. This week I havent run since the beginning of the week, but I have done other exercises, and I did not feel anything in my hammy. I figured it was worth going out to try a short run and see what happens. I stretched extra and everything felt fine. I went out running and felt fine, but a bit before the 2km mark I started to feel a niggle in my hammy, and that niggle kept getting abigger. It was not pain and I was able to run, albeit slowly, but I decided to stop when I got back near my house at 4km. I think next week I wont run at all, but will increase my other exercises instead.

Monday, May 4, 2020

short 3.5

I just couldnt. I wanted to run, but I couldnt.

I was running at a good pace, but I was just feeling worn out, and hot. I knew I was tired, but I wanted to go out and I thought it had cooled off enough to be reasonable. Even though I was running at a good pace, I needed to stop a few times. At 3.5km I just stopped and said that's enough.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

warm 5

Things were feeling basically ok, so I went for a run. I planned to go for an easy run and ease back in, seeing how the hamstring feels without putting too much pressure on it.

I went for a 5km run, and it was feeling good. After a little while I started to feel my hamstring a little. It was not pain, but I did feel it. I did not run hard and finished 5km at a fast pace, but a little slower than normal.

I need to get used to running in the warmer weather again. As we head deeper into spring and summer, it is only getting hotter and more dry from here. Today was difficult because I havent run in this weather in a while.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


After not running all week because of my hamstring, i figured it was time and I would now be able to, as it was feeling fine in day to say use by now. Unfortunately I went out and after a couple hundred meters, I started to feel it again. I stopped right away thinking better to give it more time now than to hurt it again and have to take even more time off...

Friday, April 24, 2020

disappointing 6

I wanted to run more than 10km today - maybe in the 12-15 range. Unfortunately, when i started running I was feeling some pain in my hamstring. At first I thought it would go away as I warm up, but after a few kilometres it still was not going away, and I was not even running hard (because I really couldnt). I pushed myself to 6km, but it wasnt really a good run, even though by my old measures it was a fast run.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

slower 6

This mornings run was too close to yesterday evenings run, so I was still stiff and not really settled for running, but I wanted to get back to my schedule of morning running, especially with the weather getting hotter now..

6km at a slower pace that just a few months ago would have been considered fast....

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

face mask 5

Thankfully they eased soe of the restrictions and they now are allowing sport outdoors (with certain limitations), though only within 500 meters of your house. So I ran back and forth 500m in each direction..

I only had time for 5k by the time I got out for a run this afternoon, but it was at a good speed. I wore a facemask, as the rules require. It isnt easy running like that. It gets very hot and sweaty and it is hard to breathe, but it is better than nothing. There were moments where I had to lower the mask so I could get some air  and cool off a tad...

Pace was good, and as I get back into more normal runs, it will likely start feeling smoother again..

Friday, April 17, 2020

10km in the lot

I woke up early but not early enough to get a significant run in before the first shtiebel minyan this morning, so I just waited until later when the parking lot would be empty again, after all the minyanim.

With the lot to myself I was able to run 10km practically undisturbed. A few people coming and going over the course of the run but I was able to avoid them and be on the other side of the lot or give a wide berth when they passed by.

Based on the graph, 10km in the parking lot is not all that different form 6 or 8km...

Thursday, April 16, 2020

8 again

I got up early enough that I figured I could get at least 8, if the shtiebel is active early today, or maybe even around 15-18 if the shtiebel is only active for the late minyan.

Thins were looking promising when I hit 8km. Nobody had come out yet, and the sky was already getting light. I needed to go inside for a pit stop. A few minutes later I came out and there were a few people out there just getting started on their services. I wont have time to continue later, so I just saved the run on my watch.

I might have to switch my runs to evenings when there is likely less of a chance of them being interrupted like this.

Regarding the run itself, it seemed a strange as my GPS watch was tracking me as running significantly faster than all my other runs in this location, but I did not feel like I was running faster.

When I saw the running map after my watch synced with the software on my phone, I realized it was just totally messed up. I did not leave my parking lot during the run - I did not even have to go down to the street today to pick up the initial signal. Yet take a look at the map below - it is totally insane where it thinks I ran, and I have no idea how it thinks I got to those corners, running through buildings and fences and all...

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

7.25 in the shtiebel

so it turns out I am running in a shtiebel, not a parking lot. After starting my run and getting interrupted by an early minyan, I went in and cooked, davened and learned daf yomi. When i was finished with all that, the parking lot was empty, so I went back out to run some more. I got another 4km in before the regular minyan came out. So just as I hit 7.25km, I had to go inside as other people were coming out and starting their services.

if you were ever curious what running in the shtiebel might look like, I guess this is it:

3 so far

I woke up early with allergies. After a little bit of going crazy, I decided to go out and run. After about 3.35km, a group of people came out from a neighboring building to daven. I don't know why, as they havent done so at this time of day until now (I know because I am often outside running then). Regardless, when they came out, I stopped and went inside.

So, so far I have run 3.35km. I only paused my watch as I am hoping that I will be able to run a little more later.

It is a shame because I was having a good run and was on track to break 10km.

Monday, April 13, 2020


yesterday I went out to run but my knees hurt so I stopped. Today I went out to run, but didnt have mental fortitude. I pushed myself to finish 4km, but that was it. Also, the GPPS today was not working so well. It took a lot of time to pick up the signal, and then during the run it auto-paused many times, which I think happens when it loses the gps signal. I have said before that the pace is messed up probably because of the lousy gps signal in my parking lot - I am wondering if the distance is also messed up and tracked incorrectly because of it.

Friday, April 3, 2020

6 wall to wall

I adjusted my run a little bit, and instead of form the shed to the white Subaru, after trimming some tree branches I was able to run alongside the shed for a few more steps, though it was narrow there, and next to the Subaru to the wall for a few more steps. That cut my four laps per 100 meters to just a tad over 3, and I weaved a little bit for some diversity..

Overall I ran 6km. I was going to run more but people by then were coming out for different purposes and I felt uncomfortable running out there while they were in my path, though I made sure to give wide berth every time I passed them.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

4 from the shed to the white Subaru

that is basically my run nowadays.. from the shed to the white Subaru, and back, and again and again and again, etc. That is what is located at each end of my building parking lot - one end has a shed and the other has a white Subaru parked.

Today I only got in 4 kilometers of this back and forth route, about 160 laps, give or take. I got a little bit of a late start and then had to get to shiur (via Zoom). The pace was very slow, but in reality it didnt feel even close to that slow. I dont know if the pace is recorded accurately or if the GPS signal might be messed up because of the close quarters and the walls and cars there. Many times it loses the signal and auto pauses, thinking I stopped, and then auto resumes moments later. I suspect the location might have GPS dead spots and that might throw the tracking off somewhat. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

interesting 8

This morning I woke up early and decided it was time to take advantage of an empty parking lot with nobody meandering around...

I went out for a run. I ran 8km. All in my building's parking lot.

The regulations due to CoronaVirus do not allow people to go out beyond 100 meters form their house. Some people have found creative solutions with routes that keep them within 100m of their house and they do loops on that route. I personally felt that doing so is within the letter of the law (possibly - some police disagree) but not within the spirit of the law. I did not want to run outside, even within 100 meters of the building, as I felt it would create an atmosphere of people being outside and doing outdoor activities, and would cause other people to feel that they could go outside and do their things - and some of them might be less careful than me to keep within the rules. So, after a few days of not going out to run, I decided to run in my building parking lot without going down to the street at all. The parking lot is also behind the building and is not really visible from the street (except the driveway portion). Plus it was early in the morning and nobody was out except the garbage men.

So, I ran 8 kilometers, all in my parking lot. The length from one end to the other in the runnable portion is about 25+ meters. 4 laps gave me about 100 meters. I just kept running back and forth. If not for my podcasts I probably would have gone insane doing that and stopped much sooner, but it was not so bad.

the short distance did not really allow any decent pace, plus so many turns in such short amounts of time kept me slowing down as well. So, I was happy to get out and get some exercise, but this is not going to do any wonders for my running level.

I estimate that 8 kilometers took me to about 320 laps across the lot. And this si what the picture of the map looks like:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

ok 8

I just came back from what is likely to have been my last run in a while. While I normally would not have run today, after 2 days of running hard plus my legs being sore and stiff from those two runs, I decided to take advantage of what might be my last opportunity for at least a week and possibly more.

I ran 8km at an ok pace. I was sore and stiff and my first 3km were slower because of it. After the third km I settled in and had a few good fast kilometers, before heading uphill, and then back down fast to finish. Overall it evened out and the run was decent, but slower than most runs over the past few months...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

great 10

Had a great 10km run this morning. it was a little bit warmer than expected, and there were strong headwinds at times, but I had a fast run. I had to stop a few times for a few moments (did this on the uphills) to catch my breath and rest my legs, but other than that it was a really good run. I felt it was important to go today since there are talks of tightening the lock-down and restricting movement even more. It is possible that int he coming days the rules will be changed and I might not be able to go out for another run...

Monday, March 23, 2020

good 6

this partial lockdown to minimize the spread of CoronaVirus has been a pain int he neck, but that's life. I have not run in about ten days now even though it was technically permitted by the rules. Enough is enough and with no end in sight I felt like I needed to get out, so I went for a run.

6km at a very fast pace. Was a little surprising as I thought I would be a little slower because of the ten day break. When I started I felt like a coiled spring being released.

Friday, March 13, 2020

good 8.5

sorry for the delayed writing. had a great 8.5km run in light rain.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

gusty 6.5

the storm is approaching but I wanted to get a run in before it hits. The winds have been picking up already and my run was in wind gusts at 46 km per hour, or about 28mph, making the running difficult at some points. But I got in my 6.5km run at an impressively fast pace for such difficult conditions.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

great 8

I just had a great 8km run on a beautiful and warm Shushan Purim morning

Sunday, March 8, 2020

great 6.5

had a great run. opportunity presented itself in the evening, so I grabbed it, not knowing what Taanis Esther or Purim would allow. Had a very fast 6.4km run. felt great and strong, and the weather was perfect

Saturday, March 7, 2020

good 6.5

had a really good 6.5km run. felt really good. pace was fast but tempered. felt the need to run because not sure the next few days will provide many opportunities...

Friday, March 6, 2020

good 6.5

I thought I outwaited the rain. the weather looked nice, but cool and breezy,  after some early morning rains. I was not really in the mood to run much, but I did want to go out for something. So I figured I'll run 6 or so and see after that whether to continue or not.

The run started off a bit slower than recent runs, though still a good pace, and the first 3km continued at that slower pace. After that my pace picked up. I finished at 6.5km with a fast pace, but still slower than recent runs. At about the 4km mark the skies suddenly turned dark and the winds picked up. A few minutes later the drops started falling, thunder and lightning, and then the rain got a little more serious, though I ended my run before it started pouring. Overall a good run

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

stiff 6

I went out for a run knowing that it was hot and I was stiff from yesterday's run. I really wanted to run 10 or 12 km, but it was not meant to be. The stiffness made it too difficult a run. I could have kept going but there was no real reason to force out a low quality 10km run. A semi-decent 6km run was enough.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

great 10

I had a great 10km run. Ran strong, felt great, beautiful weather if a bit warm, and had a great run. Fabulous.

The strange thing is that I can hardly walk right now. I am having a  lot of pain in different parts of my foot and lower legs, and I am limping around, no matter which shoes I wear, with or without orthotics, rest or no rest - my feet just hurt. Yet I put my running shoes on and I feel great and run pain-free. I would suspect the endorphins, but the pain goes away well before any endorphins start flowing, and even before I start running at all! Very strange

Friday, February 28, 2020

tough 15

I wanted to run 13-15km today, and 15 would be the max - no stretching it out to 17 as I like to add normally when feeling good and having a good run. Today was the kind of run that I had to force myself and push hard to reach my goal, as I really wanted to finish early a number of times.

The run was tough. Beautiful weather, but a little warmer than expected. My legs felt a little tired and heavy and I was not getting a good rhythm nor a good pace. My pace was fast but a little slower than most recent runs, and it times it felt downright slow.

Anyways, I stopped a few times for a couple of minutes to rest my legs and catch my breath, but overall it was a good run, finishing at 15km at a good pace. I ran my regular route in RBS with a stretch out on Road 10 to 375 and back.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

uneven 6

have not run since Friday, mostly because of some pain in various parts of my body that are crucial for running. Feeling good enough today, with the addition of spring weather, that turned out to be quite a bit warmer than expected, I pushed myself to go out for a run.

6km at a fast, but uneven, pace. The first few kilometers I ran a little slower than expected, and the last few kilometers I ran faster than expected. Overall, my pace was nice and fast, similar to most of my runs the past few weeks.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020

great 6

cool and overcast, even colder than I expected, but I had a great 6km run at faster speeds than any recent run in a long time... I really pushed hard on a couple of sections.

Monday, February 17, 2020

great 11

nice weather, though a bit chilly in the shade. I got in a great 11km run. I had no idea what I would run - the choices were, realistically, all the way from 5km to 15km, though I settled on 11.

Friday, February 14, 2020

weird 17

Today's run started off great. I was in a good rhythm, feeling great, running strong and at a good pace.

After I ran up Yarmouth Park and then across to Hayarden, I noticed that my watch was messed up. The data on display was not what I normally have there, and at first I did not know if the watch had stopped or if it was still tracking me. When it hit the 6km marker, I realized it was still tracking me but it was showing me data that I had no idea what it was (I later realized it was showing me heart rate, heart rate zone (which I have no idea what this is) and something else that I dont know. It also seemed to me that it lost a kilometer or so, as the spot where it marked 6 is usually where it hits 7 on this route. Anyway, with nothing to do about it, as attempts to change the display came up empty, I just continued on.

The worst of it was not knowing my distance. I was planning to run between 12 and 14km, and I needed to know which way to go, how far out to go, when to plan to turn, where to extend and for how much, , and that was becoming difficult without the distance on display. Not seeing the pace was also frustrating, but much less so. I realized that when pausing the watch it would show me a number of data points including distance, so while it broke up my rhythm, every now and again I would stop for a moment to pause the watch and check my distance.

After running across Hayarden, I ran down to Mishkafayim and across out to Road 10. On Road 10 i ran out to the end by 375, up a bit and then out towards Tzomet Etziyona. I turned partway there and ran back, finishing at, at least, 17km. It might have b 18 or slightly more, but I can only go by what the watch says...

Thursday, February 13, 2020

nice 6

beautiful weather, nice run at a fast pace (though slightly slower than the last few runs). 6km

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


After a few days of not running, mostly due to bad weather (though I surely could have found some decent weather time to run during those few days, just was in a bad weather funk), I got a great 8km run early this afternoon, and at a great pace. I ran my regular route across Kishon and the beginning of RBS B, on the bridge to RBS C, up Park Yarmouth, over to Hayarqon and back down to the house.

Friday, February 7, 2020

really great 7

a dark, cold, overcast and rainy day had me abandoning today's run... but lo and behold the afternoon turned into a beautiful day, if still a bit chilly and windy... so I went out for my run.

7km at a fast pace and I altered the last section of my run and ran down to my kids house and said hello to my granddaughter and got to wish her a good shabbos in person, making this a really great run...

Thursday, February 6, 2020

pretty good 10

I was not going to run. I felt my legs needed a break. The problem was that the weather is so beautiful, and a storm is approaching with a few days of cold and rainy weather coming. Carpe Diem, as they say. I just could not stop myself from going out. And with the bad weather coming, I pushed myself from just running 5 or 6km to running 10km, and form an expected slow run to a fast run. Granted, I had to stop a couple of times for a few moments, but overall it was a pretty good 10km run at a fast pace.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

great 10

I had a great 10km run today in beautiful weather. 10km, though I had wanted to do 12 but ran into time restrictions.

The run was fast, though it felt somewhat slow and labored. Also, it was a bit painful, with my ankles hurting and leg muscles sore, probably from previous runs. I pushed through, making the fast pace an even better accomplishment.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

good 6

it was really a great run by all indications, but I only call it good because it was tough and I had to push, which is really a reason for it to be better, not worse. 6km at a fast pace.

The weather was nice but a bit cooler than I had expected.

The first kilometer is usually one of my fastest, and the next 2 are always a little bit slower than the first (because of some slight uphill and probably other factors). When I finished the first km and it was a much slower pace than usual (but still fast), I thought this was going to end up a slower run. Then the next 2 kilometers registered significantly faster. I dont know why this happened.

Monday, February 3, 2020

great 12

Middle of the day 12km great run. Great pace, great distance, great weather, and even bumped into a couple other runners and friends I sued to run with regularly and ran with them for about 3km...

Saturday, February 1, 2020

good 6.5

I am pretty sure I wont be able to run tomorrow, so i pushed to run tonight. The Motzash started off a little rainy, but it was not really cold. I went out to run and it was raining so I went back in to wash dishes. When I finished it was not raining so I went out to run.

As a Motzash run it was a little bit slower than recent runs. For it to be only a little slower is pretty good for a Motzash run./ It was still a fast run, just a little slower than other recent runs. I pushed and got to 6.5km. Overall good run and the evening was nice.

Friday, January 31, 2020

ok 10

I got a late run in, after the day started out looking like it would be bad weather. On the one hand it was bright with some clouds, but it was also windy with a cold wind. So I put on my long sleeved running shirt for the first time this winter and went out. And it was cold and windy in some stretches of the run and warm in other sections. I dont think I really needed the long sleeved shirt.

I had a fast 10km, but it was a bit harder than I had expected. Still, a good run nonetheless, with strong headwinds in some sections...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

great 10

This morning I thought I wouldnt run today. It was a little colder, had rained with more rai on the way, and it looked to be a busy day/. I ended up with some time and the weather was pretty good so I went out for a run. I got a nice fast  run in and even hit double digits! I got to 10km and felt pretty good. It was not smooth and I had to push myself and work hard to get the distance and the speed, but I did it

Monday, January 27, 2020

good 6

I couldn't pass up on another beautiful day so I went out for a mid-day run. It was a bit of a struggle, but I had a fast 6km. Thankfully a couple times during the run I got work phone calls I had to answer and it gave me an excuse to stop for a few moments and rest my legs and catch my breath... I really wanted to go farther distance, but I still feel I need to build my strength back up. Even though I am getting fast runs in, it still feels like I am not running as strong as I was just a few weeks ago..

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Jerusalem here I come

I think I have not signed up to run a race in about 3 years. I am not sure of that - it might be longer, but I think it is 3 years.

That is now coming to an end.

I signed up to run the Half Marathon in Jerusalem this coming March!

good 6

I had an unexpectedly busy morning, so I didnt get in the run I had planned. Instead I went out this afternoon, and got in a good fast 6km run.

I still feel like I am struggling and working hard. Maybe because I have run so little the past 3 weeks or so, so I am somewhat out of shape, or out of routine.

Friday, January 24, 2020

good 5

after another week of lousy weather and no running, I finally got a run in. I ran 5km in nice but cold and windy weather. The run felt slow, but timewise it was actually fast (though not quite as fast as most recent runs). It felt good to be out there again, but the run was a little tough.. hopefully I'll get back n track soon

Friday, January 17, 2020

good 6

had a good fast 6km run. Wanted to run longer than that but had time limitations. The run today was less consistent with a couple very fast km, a couple just fast and a couple even about slightly faster than average...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

good 6

Yesterday I ran 5 so I wanted to run 6 today, taking advantage of another beautiful day. So I went out and ran 6. Still felt that I wasn't 100% healthy and I could feel it in the run, but I pushed and I had a good fast run

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

tough 5

I got in a decent run this afternoon. 5km at a good fast pace. But it was tough. I have not run since last Tuesday - between horrible weather and being under the weather, it just was not meant to be. Even now I am not back to 100% and that made the run tough. I knew it would be, and that is why I limited by run to 5km. Happy I got it in and hopefully I'll get back to my regular schedule..

Monday, January 6, 2020

tough 6

After not running for a few days due to a simcha in the family that did not allow me the time or energy to run, coupled with some bad weather, I was able to get some running in this morning after doing some work.

It was a surprisingly beautiful day today, a beautiful day in between two storms, and I went out for a good run. It turned out to be a fast 6km but it felt like a struggle. I was feeling slow the entire way and my legs felt somewhat heavy and I was not really enjoying it. I thought of a longer run, but decided on the fly 6 was enough. Happy I got it in even though it was not great, though on "paper" it looks like a great run

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

great 12

busy day today but I felt it important to get a run in. Both for my sanity and because the rest of the week is supposed to be bad weather. Another beautiful day gave me a great and fast 12km run.

I really wanted to take the day off from running, as my legs probably need a day of rest, but with bad weather headed our way I might not be running this Thursday or Friday, so I decided to go for it today..