My definition of Endurance

Running 10,000 meters isn’t easy. It takes a long time to complete and demands a lot from the body. Adding Tel Aviv’s humidity and a stupid race strategy, endurance and suffering are mixed together.

I had trained for the Tel Aviv night run for over a month. My final result in the lab (aka the air conditioned gym) was 53 minutes. I usually started with 4-5 minutes of a slower race, and then accelerate to a steady pace. This allows the body to make an easy transit from anaerobic effort to aerobic effort.

I expected to score the same result also in the field. I assumed that the adrenaline rush would compensate for the strong humidity. Well, I can blame the humidity, but I can mostly blame my bad running strategy.

Seeing about 10K runners and lots of noise, I started the race at a very strong speed, forgetting all my training experience. I finished the first 2K at a pace of 45 minutes per race. I was talking to the people around me, waving to the bystanders and running far away from the pacers that ran at 55 minutes per race.

My race
My race metrics (very nice graph)

After about 3K, I began feeling tired. At such an early stage in the race, the rest became a struggle. I struggled not to walk, struggled not to go to bathroom, and struggled to keep up with so many runners that left me behind.

Well, I passed the test of endurance, and completed the race at 57 minutes sharp. After it was over, I felt great satisfaction and I regained my physical strength.

Tel Aviv Night Run
Finishing the race (I’m in the middle) – video capture

Both images taken from here.
Next time I’ll save my strength and I’ll break the 50 minute mark!

Vote for my picture on JPG Magazine

Last October I’ve posted a short post featuring a homeless man sleeping on a bench beside a shiny globe. The globe was part of an exhibition that celebrated globalization in the heart of Tel Aviv.
Here’s a reminder:


Anyway, I’ve submitted it to the JPG Magazine site. It’s up for votes in the Democracy theme. If it wins, it will be published on print, and I’ll be famous.

Well, I won’t be famous, but I’ll be happy if it wins, and I’ll be very happy to get your “Yeah” votes for it.

So, just click here and click on “Yeah”. You’ll be asked to register (not for lazy people!).


Tel Aviv Sunsets

June features the longest days of the year, and nice urban sunsets:

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Some were taken from the beach and some from the office (Shalom tower) :

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Here’s a picture that caught glasses of wine by mistake:

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And there are more pictures of Tel Aviv Sunsets.

The smog is quite light during this month. During July, August and September, the sun disappears in a high place in the sky, and beautiful sunsets can only be seen out of town…

Happy Passover 2008

Last year I’ve complained the same ritual repeats itself every year. This time, your suffering Jew complains about the fact the eve of the holiday is on Saturday, thus taking away a vacation day from work.

Being a Jew is never easy, and especially hard during the 7 days of Passover. No bread, no pizza, no cookies and no beer! Luckily, I skip these rules…

Dancing Camel Party Passover 2008

Regarding the beer: I’ve attended the traditional “Biur Hametz” ceremony at Dancing Camel’s brewery in Tel Aviv. Instead of cleaning and burning down every piece of bread, as requested by Jewish tradition, we “got rid” of all the beer (non-Kosher as well).

There were 4 regular commercial beers, and 6 special seasonal beers. I’ve tasted all of them, and it was very fun. It’s just a pity that the sound in the brewery was awful, and it was hard to talk with other people. I’ll check it out next year!

Anyway, I don’t have too much to say except Happy Passover!

Max Romeo in Zion

In the past few months I’ve dived into reggae music. One of my favorite artists is Max Romeo, and I was lucky enough to see this veteran reggae prince, here in Israel:

Max Romeo

After a short warmup by his 7 band members, I was excited to see a 60+ man with long gray dreadlocks sing clearly and dance on the stage.

His repertoire includes lots of hits. He began with some big hits, but it seemed that it took him some time to warm up. At the beginning of the show he looked as if he had done this act too many times. His band was enthusiastic throughout the show.

Later on, Max Romeo and the crowd got closer together and the bass beat was felt strongly across the hall. The peak was his song “I chase the devil” which was renewed by The Prodigy years later, and was a big hit.

My favorites were “Little time for Jah”, “Three Blind Mice”, “One step forward”, “200 years of history” and “Public enemy no 1.” which wrapped up the show.

Max Romeo In Tel Aviv

The crowd didn’t let go of him and demanded more and more songs. His guitarist promised that he’ll be back on the next day for another show…

A few more notes: his base guitar player (a female) played on headless bass and there was something that I’ve never seen before: Sometimes they began playing a part of the song, stopped playing, asked “Are you ready?” and then played the song from the beginning. Well, that was the first time I’ve seen this…

Anyway, it was a great musical and emotional experience.

Max Romeo, March 5th, 2008, live at “Barby”, Tel Aviv.

More pictures of Max Romeo’s show in Tel Aviv