Race recap: Nike Nightrun Tel Aviv 2011

One week ago I acheived my goal of completing a 10K race before my 35th birtdhay (with a couple of months to spare)!  It was a great race--a huge party atmosphere with lots of music and dancing.  There were an estimated 15,000 people there and several DJs blaring music along the route, which made for an exciting, but crowded run.
Ron decided to run with me and I'm so happy he did.  It was nice having him there throughout and to cross the finish line with me.  We kept a pretty slow and steady pace.  By about the 6th km, I was feeling really good (minus some knee pain) and decided I'd pick up the pace for the last 2km.  When we got to the 8th km, I started dodging in and out of the crowd and passed some people.  That lasted all of about 1 minute, but it was fun.  I figured maybe I'd wait until the last km to finish strong.  Well, once I got to the final km, I was hurting.  My knees were really bothering me and I had a sharp pain running up the right side of my torso.  I figured if I was going to finish the race without walking, I better just keep chugging along at my slow pace.  It was a great feeling to run across the finish line!  All I wanted to do was walk around and cool off, but because of the crowds we basically came to a stand still.  It was really annoying, but won't deter me from running the race again next year.
I haven't run since the race.  Mainly because I haven't been in the mood, but I've also decided I really need a new pair of running shoes.  I have stupidly been running in the same pair I bought when I first started training a little over a year ago.  They are worn out and not giving me the support I need anymore, which is more than likely why my knees were hurting so much during the race.  My knees ache at the thought of running so I'm going to wait for a new pair before I hit the pavement again.  
 My Race Stats
Time: 1:16:18
Category (Women) Rank: 3000 out of 3533
Overall rank: 11,709 out of 12,541
I'm guessing that the categories were just men and women.  I can't find (or translate) any other details.  I'm also guessing there were more than 12,541 people there, but maybe that number was just those that ran with the timing chip.  Who knows.

My stats are nothing to brag about, but I never walked and that's all that mattered to me.  Maybe one day I'll start working on running at a faster pace.
I'm bummed that I didn't get a Finish Line picture or one of me after the race with my medal, but the end was so frustrating that I just wanted to geto the car and get home.  All photos here were taken from the Nike Running Israel Facebook Page.


Running Update/Race Day

It has been 1 year and 11 days since my first post about my journey into the world of becoming a "runner" and publicly declaring my goal to run a 10K race by my 35th birthday.  Since then, I've completed the Couch to 5K training program and competed in two races: the 10% race of the 2011 TLV Marathon and the 5K race of the FICPA 1040K.  A few weeks after the FIPCA race, I broke my foot.  After 5 weeks of wearing a walking boot and contemplating surgery and another few weeks of taking it easy, I finally started running again.  I signed up for the Nike Night Run Tel Aviv, a 10K race through the streets of Tel Aviv that starts at 8p.m.  To prepare for the race, I used the "Ease into 10K" program, which is a continuaton of the Couch to 5K, but a couple of weeks into the program, I began to get a little bored and each run seemed to drag out and felt more like a chore than something I was enjoying.  One day I decided to ditch the program and just see how far I could run without walking.  It was an amazing day!  I ended up running 5K that day and found that I could enjoy running again.  I never went back to using the program.
Tonight is the Nike Night Run and I'm happy to say I'm ready...I hope! :)  I haven't trained as much as I should have in the last few weeks, but I think I should be ok.  Just as with the previous races, my goal is to cross the finish line, not walk and not finish last.  My last good run was exactly 2 weeks ago when I ran 5.56 miles.  I've only run twice since then and neither run was anything spectacular.  The weather has cooled off significantly so it should be a nice night.  I'm crossing my fingers that with the cool temps and the energy from the crowd, I'll be pumped enough to do it despite my slack in training.

I'm super excited that I could protentially achieve my goal tonight.  Honestly, I know I could have done more.  Now that I know what I'm capable of, I know I could (theoretically) be running longer distances.  The broken foot definitely didn't help, but I know I didn't train nearly as hard or as often as I could have.  I still feel like I've come a long way, though.  And I'm proud of my accomplishments.  Stay tuned for a recap of the race.
I love the shirt!  Obviously the "Catch Me If You Can" slogan doesn't exactly pertain to me.


Trick or Treat!

A couple of weeks ago we took our first trip to the Carmel Markel in Tel Aviv.  We were happy to find pumpkins at one of the produce vendors.  Kaitlyn and Daddy were ready to turn the pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern before we went trick-or-treating Saturday night.  Kaitlyn was super excited about her first pumpkin carving! 

She didn't expect that to be inside.

 Ron drew the first eye and Kaitlyn wanted to do the rest.  She drew the second eye and turned to ask "Is this perfect, Daddy?" :)

 Reaching in to help with the dirty work.

After the pumpkin carving, we got ready for our friends to come over for pizza before the Trick-or-Treat event. 
I made these cute little pudding cups for the big kids.

After everyone was full from pizza, we got the kids in their costumes and headed outside to start collecting candy.
We would have taken more pictures, but it was hectic getting 7 kids dressed and out the door.

The streets were crazy, but the kids had a great time!  Kaitlyn was a lot more tolerant of the crowds than I thought she'd be.  She stuck close with her Buzz Lightyear friend.

Jonathan had a BLAST!  He didn't do any trick-or-treating, but was happy to just freely walk around checking out all of the costumes.  Because he's still not completely steady on his feet, he looked like a true brainless scare crow stumbling around.

We had a great night!  After one more snack, and Kaitlyn taking a moment to check out her loot, the kids were off to bed.

Happy Halloween!

And just a little bonus, this is a project I did with the kids...handprint spiders!


Happy Halloween

The kids are all ready for Halloween.  Festive pajamas and of course, costumes are all ready to go.  Tomorrow night is our trick-or-treating event and we can't wait!

 Kaitlyn wanted to try on Jonathan's costume.  "If I only had a brain."

A long overdue random update post will be coming soon.  I promise!
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