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A Good Morning Equals a Good Day

I live by little rules that maybe make no sense but that’s how my mind works.

 
For example I cannot let myself run a KM slower than the previous one (I try), or a day that starts great will keep on being a great day throughout.

 
I had such a good morning  today, early 11KM/6.8M run at a comfortable pace for the first 9KM/5.6M at 05:02 Min/KM (08:06 Min/Mile), then picked it up a bit for the last 2KM/1.2M to 04:26 Min/KM (07:09 Min/Mile).

 
I love finishing strong because it feels like the whole run was hard (in a good way), without the actual effort.  Oh I know 2KM/1.2M is not exactly the same as 11KM/6.8M… but it’s the feeling that counts.

 
After the run I went for a swim, 1KM/1100 yards approx.
I don’t measure time, I just enjoy swimming and the feeling of water.
Best way to cool my warm muscles.

 

 
Then I got to go out for breakfast with my husband, one of those little unexpected surprises that randomly just happen in the middle of the week, not often enough.

 
Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day.
My typical breakfast is a homemade granola bar, I make them at home for the week, and 2 cups of coffee.  Simple but filling and light enough to go running afterwards.

 
However, when having breakfast outside, there’s the typical “Israeli breakfast” special that is served in most coffee houses and restaurants in Israel, usually from early morning until noon, sometimes served all day.

 
It consists mainly of eggs, bread, and salad, and if I can find a good version of it (no rubbery eggs, no juice from concentrate), then I know I’m up for a tasty, fresh, healthy breakfast.

 
Today’s breakfast was so good, I just have to tell you about it, warm and tasty, fresh and cold, healthy and indulgent.  I had been to this restaurant many times for lunch or evening drinks, never for breakfast.

 

Bar Giyora Tel Aviv
Bar Giyora @Tel Aviv


 
They brought the salad first and I was starving so taking a picture didn’t cross my mind until half way:
816

 
There’s feta cheese and spinach inside the omelet:
826

 
Doughy warm fresh bread, with yummy extras:
815

 
Fresh pressed juice, half carrot and half orange:
817

 
And of course:
818

 
After this, I’m up for whatever the day brings.

 

 

Ready, Set, Go!

I was hoping to have a quiet ‘before race’ evening last night, but of course I knew better.
Normal evening routine of a boring mom who works full time includes:

 
Laundry:
Laundry

 
Dinner:
Dinner

 
Not pictured: bath time, arrange groceries, pick up about five hundred thousand toys, unstick stickers from the floor, two toddlers running away from a fly.. fun times.

 
But my babies were in bed by 8:00 PM so I had it pretty easy anyway.

 
I got my gear for today’s race ready:

 
TLV Half Gear

 
And I was probably in bed by 08:30 PM, watched a couple episodes of Seinfeld, and was asleep by 9:30. Which was nice.
Lucky I went to sleep early because around 12:00 AM my 5 year old son came to my bed and couldn’t fall asleep because he was still afraid of that fly from earlier. I never knew a fly could make my life so miserable. I was up with him until about 1:15.

 
And then because my internal clock works so well, I was up at 4:30, the usual. I’m leaving home at 06:30 so I could have slept a bit longer, but nah.

 
I made my usual breakfast, coffee extra strong because I have a race to run.
Breakfast

 
I thought I’d be reading some blogs but my mind is not focused. Writing is easier sometimes, it just kind of comes out, no thinking. If this post sucks now you know why.

 
I’m surprised how easy this last week went by, no stress from tapering, no stress from the race. Maybe I’m starting to get used to this.
The only things on my mind are finding parking and a porta potty before the race starts.

 

Now it’s time to go.

 

 

Loading… Tapering

Tapering 10K (C) 2 Cups 'N Run

 
I got up at 4:15 this morning, earlier than usual, and way before my alarm clock went off. Sometimes that happens to me, I wake up and I know there’s no way I’m going back to sleep.

 
About 5 minutes after getting up I was doing this, you know, for a change:

 

Breakfast

The usual please


 
Big cup of coffee and oatmeal muffin/bar/whatever you wanna call it.
Sorry the pic is dark, but it was dark. Don’t want any kids up at 4 o’something AM.
Lots of blogs to read while having breakfast, thanks for posting!

 
My next race, a 10K, is the following Friday, January 31st. So this morning was my last “real” run before I go into taper mode. A fartlek similar to last week’s, except this time I did the last interval just a bit faster.
Tomorrow is cross training day (swimming 3K/1.9M) and on Friday tapering officially starts, one full week.

 
I will still run, 4 times next week instead of the usual 5 times, and shorter runs than during regular training.
Overall I will reduce total distance by about a third, from 58KM/36M this week (higher than usual due to a long 25KM/15.5M run) to 38KM/23.6M next week.

 
Tapering scares me because I know I’m going to be in such a bad mood.

 
Beware of Tapering

A message to my family and friends


 
On the other hand, I’m kind of looking forward to a bit of a rest for my legs. Am I a bad runner for saying that?!

 
Homer being Homer

I could enjoy this for a few days…


 
OK, last picture, I have to post this because it is so true.  So I can remember what working out hard feels like. That’s totally me by the way. I’ve had this picture on the lock screen on my phone for ages:

 
During Workout and After Workout

1) Pretty much dying 2) Pretty much rock-star


 

Any good tapering tips?

 

 

Fartleking and Swimming

 
My gym opens at 5:45 so if I’m going to the gym, that’s when I go.

 
Yesterday I did a fartlek run on the treadmill.

 
Fartlek2

 
I hope I got the definition of fartlek right, because actually I’m not 100% sure.

 

 Maybe no one knows...

Maybe no one knows…


 
According to what I read online a while ago, when trying to make a training plan that would allow for some running improvements (instead of just doing whatever, you know?) it is like an interval run but not as structured, so basically you just run harder for a certain period of time, and easy for another period of time, and then do it again but not necessarily the same amount of time for running harder/easier as other intervals.
Whatever you feel like doing, basically? As long as you run harder/easier. Suits me.

 
Anyway, this is what I did:

 
Fartlek Workout

 
I really like this kind of workout because the few easy minutes are enough to let me rest my legs a little and get my breathing back to normal.
It’s a great speed workout as well, I can run paces that there’s no way I can run as tempo yet, so at least I do 10 minutes of it.
Every couple of months, when the paces start to feel more comfortable, I add the speed a little bit so I’m running at a hard pace again.

 

 
Today I set up my IPad to wake me up at 4:30 so I could go swimming at the gym pool at opening time, but yesterday I played with the volume and turned it all the way down.. very smart.. so I didn’t hear the alarm go off and woke up at 5:20.
Still early, but late for me. It’s a good thing though because I really needed the extra sleep, I’ve been going to bed after 11:00 every night this week, way too late for the time I wake up.

 
I considered just skipping today’s workout, but that was a no go for me.  Good.
And then I considered going right then, with no breakfast, but decided against it. Good choice again. I don’t know what I was thinking. I wouldn’t have lasted 5 minutes in that pool. I need my coffee!! And I need my food!!
Ended up with my usual 2 cups and oatmeal bar.

 
Swimming

 
I swam 3KM/1.9M, or 60 laps… yes, I do count them… am I crazy? I do 3 sets of 20 laps, and each number from 1 to 20 has a different association in my mind so it’s easier to remember which lap I’m swimming. OK, I just answered my own question, I am crazy.

 
Going for a long run tomorrow morning, 25KM/15.5M… slow and steady, I hope.

 

 Early rise tomorrow

Early rise tomorrow


 
Never run this distance before (the most was 23KM/14.3M).

 
Hope you are some good weekend runs scheduled. I love my weekend runs.. they give me energy for the whole week ahead.

 

 

Twice Tel Aviv Port and LSD

The alarm went off at 5:15 this morning, I had some strong coffee, read some articles and blogs online and went out for a run.  My early morning ritual of drinking coffee while reading on my computer, when it’s still dark out and everyone is sleeping, is one of my favorites.  A little bit of silence before the noise starts.

 

 

I left the house at 6:15 and drove to the Yaffo Port to start my Long Slow Distance run there.  The sky was really dark grey and the road was wet so I figured this might be my first run in the rain, it has to happen sometime, right?.. but I got lucky and it didn’t rain.
 
My long runs in the last few months have always started in the same place because I’ve calculated the distance for that particular route on Google Maps, 20 KM (12.4 Miles), and if I want to run a longer distance then I just measure the “extra” part I mean to run and add it to the 20 KM.  I’m way to anal to just run wherever or whatever distance… I have to know my stats.

 

Well, since I have my new Garmin I can really run wherever and have the watch tell me how far I’ve run… isn’t that awesome?  So today I started at Yaffo Port, run to Tel Aviv Port which is about 7 KM (4.3 Miles), and from there went into a Park that’s right by the Port and run there about 3 more KM (1.9 Miles) each way, and of course back to my car.  Total 20.2 KM (12.5 Miles) in 1:43.  First half average pace of 5:20 Min/KM (8:35 Min/Mile), second half average pace of 4:52 Min/KM (7:50 Min/Mile).

 

Garmin Map

 

I’ve only been running longer than 13 KM (8 Miles) for the past 4 months.  It was scary at first to go beyond that, so it’s incredible to me how this kind of distance doesn’t daunt me anymore.  I definitely feel my hips by the end of the run, sometimes I feel some calf tightening (depending on the effort I’m making) but that’s about it.

 

Keep Running

 

It was a great run, the weather was a bit cold (I mean this in a good way), it was early in the morning so the boardwalk wasn’t crowded and it was comfortable to run, and it just felt really good.  I ran 4 days in a row but tomorrow is rest day.  I need it. Usually I don’t run more than 3 days in a row but this week my schedule had to be tweaked because of my trip, so I kind of made up for the lack of running in the beginning of the week.

 

I wore my new Mizuno Wave Rider 16 in black, capris with knee high compression socks (so it looked like I was wearing long tights actually), and a long sleeve Mizuno thermal top, no under layer, but I wasn’t cold.  I did take a pair of gloves I bought recently, it was my 2nd time running with them, and I didn’t regret wearing them.  I did decide not to wear the hat I took with me, and left it in the car, I think that I would have gotten too warm at some point otherwise.

 

 
I was back home by 8:45 to take a shower, eat something, and get ready for some family time… Tel Aviv Port again…!!

 

 Enjoying the warm sun this time

Enjoying the warm sun this time

 

Totally different this time, just 2 hours later, the sun was shinning and it was full of people, families, kids, bikers, runners.. it’s one of my favorite places to go, we took bikes for the kids, walked around, and had a late breakfast/lunch (my 3rd breakfast of the day, nice).

 

 Eating Breakfast, Drinking Coffee

Eating Breakfast, Drinking Coffee