This Week’s Long Run

Started out extra early (before 6AM), since it was going to be a super hot day.

Sunrise over Gordon Beach, Tel Aviv

The sun had just come up, the promenade was practically deserted (early morning on a Saturday will do that for you), and the air was relatively cool, though still humid.

Waterfowl on the Yarkon River Bank
I wasn’t the only one enjoying the early morning breeze — these little guys were taking cover from the sun by the time I ran back.

Sun rising over the Yarkon River, Colouring it in gold
The sun made everything seem gloriously golden… A breathtaking sight.


You can just make out the Night Heron looking out at the ducks. He was still there when I ran back.


Ducks having fun in the sun, around the 3K mark.


Making my way back, around the 7K mark. The park had come to life, and the sun was starting to blaze away.


Night Heron still there, standing like a watchman, keeping an eye on the river.


Last view of the river and the birds, before the final stretch home.

10K run, and well worth setting the alarm for. 

This Week’s Long Run

This week’s long run

This week’s long run wasn’t very long at all (see here for the reasons). It ended up being just a 5k (my third 5k this week), because I set out pretty late yesterday, and I don’t feel very comfortable running alone in the dark.

On the positive side of things, I did change up my route, which made for some pretty nifty photos of the Tel Aviv skyline.


Started out as the sun was just setting in a glorious pink, purple and orange. 


Tel Aviv’s Marina is small but pretty. 


Boat in the sunset. Also, you can see just how crappy my iPhone 6’s camera is when it comes to low light photography.


Tel Aviv’s “hotel-front”, backdropping the Marina.


Terrible photo, but that’s Tel Aviv’s port twinkling in the distance.


Sunset. I don’t know this guy, but he knows how to enjoy life.


Tel Aviv’s port, now an outdoor shopping mall of sorts. 


A single remnant of the port’s old day’s as an actual port. 

This week’s long run

This week’s long run

Yesterday was blistering hot, so I ran this morning instead. A lot of rowers were out on the Yarkon.


At the Daniel Center for rowing, stopped for a moment to admire the sky.


The sun was out in full strength, which made for some pretty dramatic lighting, with all the clouds.


Ducks and rowers (this was taken on my way back).


This cheeky little egret was waiting by a group of pretty terrible fishermen. They would toss it all their small fry, which is much more convenient than having to go fish for them itself. 


Monthly antique market at the port.


My cat, totally unimpressed that I ran 9K this morning. 

This week’s long run

This week’s recommendations

Podcast: The Daily, by the New York Times. A 20 minute daily podcast that doesn’t sum up the news of the day, but instead gives interesting insights into a few top stories. There’s a very good reason that this podcast has become so popular even though it’s so relatively new.

Book: If you’re looking for an easy summer read, try M.C. Beaton‘s Hamish Macbeth or Agatha Raisin mystery novels. They’re dirt cheap, even in dead tree format, short, not too trashy, not too violent — the beach books.

Tea: if you haven’t watched this delightful YouTube TED Ed video by Shunan Teng, I highly recommend that you do. It briefly goes through the history of tea: youtu.be/LaLvVc1sS20

And also: Monument Valley 2 is out and it’s as awesome as the first one was. Really taking my time to enjoy it.

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Summer is here. Get thee to the beach.

This week’s recommendations

This week’s long run

Started out way too early in the afternoon. Despite hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and water, this was a tough one — but I’m glad I ran it. Bathing season is now in full swing in Tel Aviv, and the holiday weekend meant that the beaches were packed.


Dog beach, where dogs are allowed to romp in the sand and water. In the background you can see the seperate beach, humming with people. 


Getting things ready for the traithlon on Saturday meant that running in the Tel Aviv port was a bit of a challenge.


Everything ready for tomorrow’s triathlon.


The sea scouts were out and about, rowing and sailing on the Yarkon.


Gratuitous photo of the sailing boats against the Tel Aviv skyline. 


Rose-ringed parakeet (called drara parrot here) on a Eucalyptus tree. Both are invasive species, but the parakeets, though delightful to see and hear, have done much more damage to the local birds.



Hopoe, digging away for insects.


Tel Aviv’s beaches have been decorated for the pride parade, and there was a DJ that played some pretty decent dance music also out for the occasion.


10K run, done and done. Glad that I did it, though for next week’s run, I’ll probably start either early in the morning or later in the evening. 

This week’s long run