Started out earlier than last week, because of the heatwave we’re experiencing now, but still had a hard time running, especially during the last kilometer. Last night’s 5k was also difficult, as it was super humid outside. Breathing water while running is no fun at all.
Started out a little after 6:00 AM, to clear blue skies.
Since I set out earlier than last week, I did get to see some birds out and about. This little egret is a Tel Aviv Port regular, waiting for unlucky fishermen to throw it their little fry.
Near the halfway point I saw a hoopoe, with its unmistakable crown, poking around the grass for insects. It’s our national bird, which is a bit funny, since hoopoes generally migrate to Israel on during the summer.
8 km done and dusted. I had to stop a lot, drink a lot of water, and stop twice to top up my water bottles from water fountains, it was so hot. I’m pleased I got my run in, but I can’t wait for cooler weather. It’s only the beginning of July and the blast furnace that is August still lies ahead… 😅
Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the Tel Aviv Pride Parade, a huge, fun street party sort of affair, which I missed because I was with my mom in hospital. She got released home on Friday afternoon, but has to go back for more tests on Sunday, which makes none of us happy. And when I’m not unhappy or stressed I go out for a run.
Started out at 6:20, hoping to get 7k in before the sun started blazing (wear sunscreen!), but I forgot that my usual route was going to be partly blocked because of the Tel Aviv Triathlon. It made for a challenging and interesting run at least.
6:20AM and look at that sun already blazing:
Some of the decorations for the Pride Parade were still up on the beach, and some of them will stay here permanently:
The sprint category of the triathlon was just about to start as I tried to run past them and into the TLV port and park:
Here I was forced to go on several diversions before finally making it to the park for the halfway point of my run.
Whenever life sucks, go for a run. I guarantee that you’ll feel better.
This week’s long run was my first after another bout of sickness. Ran just 6k and had a bit of a tough time with it, since I’m still coughing and I had to stop a few times to catch my breath.
That did allow me to take a few photos of a pied kingfisher fishing, and some little egrets chasing each other on the shore:
As usual, the only run that you’ll regret is the one that you didn’t take.
It’s Israel’s 70th Independence Day next week and there was an exhibition celebrating this in Ben Gurion Boulevard.
The weather was perfect though it did heat up a bit later on. Sunscreen season is upon us.
You know you’re doing well as a fisherman when both a cat and an egret are waiting for you to fail.
Ain’t she pretty? I love Tel Aviv so much, especially on days like these.
All this made for a fast and fun 7k.
Quite a short long run this week, since I’m easing back to running after being sick. The weather was perfect, if a bit greyish and misty, as you can see from the view:
There’s a smart little egret (Egretta garzetta) who likes to stalk talentless fishermen and beg for the small fry that they catch, and if I run early enough in the morning I get to see it in action
All in all a good 6k run on a perfect day.
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.