February 13, 2011

8 + 4 + 10 = 22

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:33 am by Lisa

Twenty two kilometers, that is. That’s what my long run was scheduled for on Friday. And Etgarim had plans to participate in a 10km race in Savyon. So I spent the better part of the week trying to figure out how I can get my long run done, while helping Hila and Ohad run their planned 14km. Because I have just about no leeway in my training plan for the marathon (meaning that I have to hit all my planned long runs), I had to come up with a tightly crafted plan and believe it or not, it actually worked!

Even though I left the house 20 minutes late, without really knowing where in Savyon I was going, I got there in time. (I did see a car in front of me with a 42.2 sticker on it. After racing through several yellow lights to stay on it’s tail, I pulled up next to him at a traffic light and asked if he was going to the race because I thought I would just follow him. It turned out that he also didn’t know where to go but the signage was fine once I got into Savyon.)

Anyway, I finished my first 8k alone and then made my way (up lots of hills – well, hills to someone who trains in flat, flat Tel Aviv) to the starting line and found Hila and Ohad. We took off for the next 4km (with Michal and Tal joining us) and then made it back in time for the group stretching that Etgarim always does.

Then we all made our way to the start line. Somehow we ended up at the front of the line – I hate when that happens because the front of the pack just sort of mows you down if you’re not running at their pace. Which I was not.

So about 20 meters into the start of the race, I lost site of everybody and then continued to run the last 10km on my own. At first I was feeling sorry for myself but then quickly realized that most of the marathon (probably about 42km of the 42.2km) I would be on my own so I might as well get used to it! In the end I was able to do a fairly good pace, at least one I was happy with.

My quads were screaming at the end of the day but I realized that it was probably from the various lunges and squats I had done in my gym workout on Thursday morning. I hate lunges but they’re a necessary evil!

Saturday my legs were still hurting so I decided some active recovery was necessary. I went for a walk with Tamar (although she insists on calling it a workout!) and after breakfast, I went to the gym and rode on the bike trainer for awhile.

My legs feel great now so I guess it was just what I needed. And of course, it’s just in time since this morning I have another gym workout – at 6am.

Now that I’ve started my new job I’ve had to reschedule all my training. I think that I’m going to try to get the gym workouts done in the morning (we’ll see how long Lior can deal with that) and the bike rides and runs will be in the evenings. I hope it works and won’t be too exhausting – of course it might mean that I’ll have to go to sleep at 9pm every night but I’m just about ready for bed by then anyway!

Got my first full work week in a long time in front of me – looking forward to it!

February 4, 2011

And… She’s Back

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:22 am by Lisa

Ok, so as I’m getting ready to go out for my 20km* run this week, I thought I’d just quickly drop a line to get back into the swing of things and sort of catch up with what’s been going on lately.

We’ve had a week of rainy weather and Hila and I toughed it out on Wednesday night as the skies opened up. We were doing an easy run in the park and all of a sudden, it was as if buckets of cold water were being dumped on us. If we hadn’t been all the way on the other side of the park we would have dashed for home but as it was, we ended up doing a good 6km. My sneakers have since dried…

Unfortunately, the Etgarim bike tandem ride planned for the previous Saturday was cancelled in the middle (after I got up at 4am, rode down to Arad and stood around in the cold rain again for about an hour, waiting for everyone’s bikes to be adjusted). This was planned to be about a 33km off-road tandem bike ride. I was really looking forward to it because I had never ridden a tandem bike before and I don’t ever remember doing any trail riding. Well, at least one thing was accomplished… Shachar (who is blind) got on the back of my bike and we rode about 4.5km on the road to get to the trailhead. At that point, it was decided that it would be too dangerous to continue in the rain so that was the end of that. We pulled into a nearby gas station and waited for the cars to come pick us up. On one hand, it was a lot of fun! And we were kicking butt on the hills (we passed everyone!). But, the rain was freaking me out because I was scared of the slick road, and the bike was just a bit too big for me (and heavy!!). It’s a really different feeling on a tandem. I’d definitely like to try it again. And it left me with a real desire to get outside and bike more! Of course the sun came out as soon as we left Arad and headed back to Tel Aviv. However, I didn’t take out my beautiful bike… but I did head to the gym and put in an hour and a half on the bike trainer. Not the same thing at all but I did get to watch TV the whole time!

Below is us waiting to finally leave. I’m the one on the far left, in the shorts, with the blue fleece getting my bike sized for me.

So what else has been happening? A couple of races – there was the 15km race that I last mention, done with Etgarim. I ran with Yossi and Clari and it was a tough race (the course was laid out so there were 2-3km inclines at both the beginning and end). And the middle of the race was in orange and grapefruit groves so I guess that was nice (although maybe I’m remembering it that it was nicer than it really was because as usual, very little spectator support, cause you know, who’s hanging around orange trees?) Below’s a pic towards the end, taken by Clari’s husband.

Also, on the last day of 2010, there was a great 10km in Hod HaSharon (well, not that great because the race was really lame and only promised shirts to the members of Etgarim and NOT to the volunteers. I ran with Ohad and pushed him to a great 62 minute PR. He offered to give me his shirt, but the race was soooo lame that they totally ran out of shirts completely. (although he bought me breakfast so I was happy!). A few weeks later, the race director delivered shirts to Gai, the leader of our running group – they were all men’s large AND had nothing printed on them. Really bizarre. But I took it anyway – you never know when you’re going to need an extra shirt!

Below is a group photo of everyone. I’m in the blue fleece because I hate being cold after a run. (and I love my fleeces!)

*So I’m off for my run now – and why 20km? Well, I signed up for the upcoming Tel Aviv marathon, taking place on April 8, 2011. Will keep you posted!