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Swimming, Raining, and Those Hills..

Thursday is swim day around here, and I went to my gym’s pool at opening time, 5:45 AM, to get a 3 KM / 3280 yard swim.

 
I do this once a week, and I have trouble beforehand every time.  Thinking about such a long swim, and not running on top of that, is hard for me.  But after about 5 laps warming up, I start to really enjoy my time in the pool, cutting through water, pushing forward, and feeling like I’m swimming so fast. Which I know I’m not, it takes me about 70 minutes to swim this distance.
I’m beat by the end of the workout, but it’s a good feeling.

 
Just Keep Swimming

 
It was raining hard this morning, and I got to the office really late.  It took me forever to take the kids to daycare and drive to work.  We are not used to much rain in Israel, so it seems the world stops when it does rain, traffic gets crazy, the sidewalks are empty of walkers.

 
Rain

 
My next race is the Jerusalem Half Marathon on Friday the 21st, so tomorrow I officially start tapering, one week.  It should go smooth, I’m getting good at this race preparation stuff.  I don’t feel nervous about the race or worried about tapering.  I was a mess before my first race, and to think that was only 4 months ago…

 
I know the courses of the Jerusalem races (all distances) are tough, with lots of hills, so I’ll definitely be slower than my last half.
After looking at the course map a few times I finally figured out to look up the elevation chart.

 
Half Marathon Jerusalem

 
Approx 230 meters / 755 feet total elevation gain.  That seems like a lot to me.