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Didn’t George Tell You We Have a Deal?

It’s Saturday but that’s no excuse for sleeping in around here… I woke up at 5:00 to go for a 13K/8M morning run.  I left the house about 6:15, to be at Yaffo Port, where I start many of my weekend runs, around 6:30.

I run around my neighborhood or at the gym on weekdays, so it’s nice to go run somewhere nice on weekends, for a change.


Yaffo Port - From the Parking Lot

Yaffo Port – I swear it’s a port, you just don’t see it in the picture

Tel Aviv Boardwalk

Tel Aviv – The Boardwalk where I run, I love this place

The plan was to run a Fast Finish 13K/8M, 6KM/3.7M easy, 7KM/4.3M mid-hard effort.  Planned splits were:

Splits 13K - I have a plan

I always have a plan…

The weather was perfect, I had a lot of energy in me, who knows where it came from, so I run a bit harder than planned, which always makes me happy in a sense, but at the same time I’m always afraid of regretting it later.

The only negative of the run was that the pigeons were everywhere and seriously always on my way, just standing there, doing nothing… aren’t they supposed to get scared and fly away when you come running their way?  Wasn’t that a deal? Guess not.


I swear this is what it felt like. Please move you guys.

So back to my run, here’s the actual data:


Splits 13K

Faster than planned.. don’t mind the 13.1, that’s KM, not miles. I did not run a half marathon today.

Look at those negative splits (well almost, what the heck KM 12???).  Makes me happy.

I got a PR on my Garmin too.  Although since it’s a new watch I guess every little effort becomes a PR at this point.

Garmin 10K

That’s my son’s hand, he was very interested in the medal I got.

Even though the time/paces for this run mean a hard effort for me, I still had energy left when I was done, it was really a great run in that sense, I wasn’t beat, actually I went to the gym for a swim afterwards.. and for a walk / bike ride with my family later.  No tired legs, nothing.   If only I had a way to race with this much energy.

That Garmin PR is not far from my 10K race PR of 46:03, and I was D-O-N-E after that race..


I always have my water bottle with me, and NUUN everywhere, my gym bag, my messenger bag for running stuff, in the car glove compartment, in my purse..


I had one after running, it really helps me get my energy back, no food, and stretched for about 5 minutes.  OK maybe it was 2 minutes.. but I will foam roll tonight, promise.

The weekend is almost over in this part of the world, but just starting in lots of other places, so have a great one!



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