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

This week’s recommendations

Podcast: Cortex, with Myke Hurley and CGP Grey. A two guys talking about their work process, their workflows, the tools they use, and their respective businesses in a surprisingly entertaining way. Worth listening to from the beginning, but you can also dive in to the latest episode.

Book: A Horse Walks into a Bar, by David Grossman. Grossman is my favourite Israeli author, and one of my favourite authors in general. A Horse Walks into a Bar just won the Man Booker award, but it is something of a tough read. If that doesn’t appeal to you, try some of his more optimistic books, Someone to Run With (a great YA novel for teenagers and up, and a beautiful love story in and of itself), and the Zig Zag Kid (a magical realism novel that is also suited for practically all ages).

Tea: Yunnan Sourcing’s Imperial Dragon Well Tea From Hangzhou, which is a sweet and refreshing Dragon Well (green) tea that is incredibly affordable for the quality you get. Put a few leaves in a glass tumbler and top-up with hot (but not boiling) water for an all day treat.

And also: Reminding myself not to take old fools to heart. They too shall pass.

 

 

This week’s recommendations