This week’s long run

This week’s long run was in perfect, perfect, perfect weather, of the kind you can only dream of – not too cold, not too hot, with just the lightest of breezes to keep things interesting.

The gulls were still out in full force, taking advantage of the low tide and scaring most of the other birds away as they flocked along the river.

Still, I got to see two cormorants fishing, diving to great distances.

Or just hanging out on the trees:

A great 10k run, the last one before the Tel Aviv marathon.

This week’s long run

Chickens in Jaffa

Chickens in Jaffa

A quick 10 minute #UrbanSketch on a Moleskine Pocket Sketchbook, with a Kuretake Disposable Brush Pen (Fine), and Faber Castell PITT artist brush pen in Light Indigo 220.

Chickens in Jaffa

This Week’s Long Run

Started out a bit later than I planned, but got going anyway.

The tide receded so much that you could see the treacherous rocks usually hidden under the waves in the dog beach.

The gulls were out in full force again, taking over the river.

A moorhen paddled in the shadow of a boat.

Halfway point:

Gulls and night heron enjoying the boats.

A cormorant swam in the river, in search of fish.

A pied kingfisher was on the lookout too:

All in all it was a great 10k run in beautiful weather.

This Week’s Long Run

This week’s long run

It was cold and windy and boy did I not want to go outside to run, but a training plan is a training plan and I have a race coming up, so…

The beach was still half flooded from last night’s storm.

The waves were incredible and the water was brown with sand and silt.

Seagulls had pushed inland and had taken over most of the river, forcing the other waterfowl away.

Cormorants had moved up the river as well, and a dejected goose took refuge on the banks.

9k done despite the cold weather.

This week’s long run

This week’s long run

I’ve still been running, but I’ve cut down on my photo stops lately, so there haven’t been as many of these posts. That being said, I couldn’t help myself this week, since yesterday we had a bit of a storm, and all throughout the run I could see its aftermath.

The beach was still partly flooded and the waves made short work of the breakers.

Crows taking advantage of fallen trees.

Gulls and waterfowl really enjoyed the weather – not a lot of people about, and the tide brought quite a bit up with it.

A little over 8k on an enjoyable and interesting run in almost perfect running weather.

This week’s long run

This Week’s Long Run

Woke up at 5AM to go out for a 10k run, leaving at 5:30, while it was still cool and dark.

First light over a bridge and river, with rushes and a grass bank in the foreground

The sun starting to rise, 3k into the run, lighting up the water in pink and gold. My legs were tired from yesterday’s 5k, but the view made this run worth while.

Sun rising in the distance, over a river and Daniel Rowing Center
That is just breathtaking.

The park was very peaceful in the morning, and a friendly walker admired the sunrise with me, cheering me on.

Sun rising behind palm trees and a running paths. Walkers and runners on a path in the park, with sunrise over palms in the backgroundSun peering among the trees, with a river and walking path in the foreground
Sunrise peering over the trees — my phone camera is doing it no justice.

I love that the little heron is waiting for the fishermen to fail.

White herons fishing in the sea
Little herons fishing for themselves for a change.

That’s 10K done, most of it before sunrise. I ran 25k this week, the most ever — super proud of myself, and totally worth the early Saturday wake up. 

This Week’s Long Run

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