The State of Affairs

  • I’ve been running 25k per week for a few weeks now, with a 10k long run included.
  • I’ve started doing daily push-ups for the past week (30 per day). I still need to get back to doing strength exercises.
  • I’ve been reading a lot more and writing a lot more. After a bit of a slump, I decided to give the Streaks app a chance. It’s been helping keeping me on track so far.
  • My second draft has been going in some ways better than expected, in others worse. I hated rewriting my university papers, and I thought that rewriting a 120K word novel would be a pain, but for some reason it isn’t a hassle at all. The first four chapters were simple fixes, but I hit a giant plot hole that I hadn’t noticed once I reached chapter 5. I trashed chapter 5 and chapter 6 completely, writing them from scratch (on the bright side they’re much shorter and better now), and it looks like chapter 7 is going to have to undergo the same treatment. Writing a novel is a process, and I’ve learned a few things about writing since I started, which means that scenes that I wrote almost two years (!) ago just don’t work right now. At least I’m enjoying the process so far, though it is a rather lonely one.
  • Gratuitous photo of a gorgeous Tel Aviv summer sunset from yesterday’s 7k:

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    The State of Affairs

    This week’s long run

    Yesterday’s weather was pretty perfect for a long run, so decided to go on one instead of postponing it to the weekend. 


    Preparations for the second season of the dreadful local version of one of my favourite shows, the Great British Bakeoff, are well under way. 


    This is where they’re doing the filming this year, and I’m pretty puzzled about it — I don’t see how this former hanger will have room for all the contestants. Oh well, where there’s rating there’s a way.


    Met this crow on the way, and he looked pretty pleased with his perch.


    Glorious sunset in the park. One of the reasons I love running in the evening so much.


    Reading power station gleaming in the distance.


    Sometimes Tel Aviv can be almost breathtaking.


    10k done with a magnificent sunset over the Mediterranean. 

    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