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

Started out way too early in the afternoon. Despite hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and water, this was a tough one — but I’m glad I ran it. Bathing season is now in full swing in Tel Aviv, and the holiday weekend meant that the beaches were packed.

Dog beach, where dogs are allowed to romp in the sand and water. In the background you can see the seperate beach, humming with people. 

Getting things ready for the traithlon on Saturday meant that running in the Tel Aviv port was a bit of a challenge.

Everything ready for tomorrow’s triathlon.

The sea scouts were out and about, rowing and sailing on the Yarkon.

Gratuitous photo of the sailing boats against the Tel Aviv skyline. 

Rose-ringed parakeet (called drara parrot here) on a Eucalyptus tree. Both are invasive species, but the parakeets, though delightful to see and hear, have done much more damage to the local birds.

Hopoe, digging away for insects.

Tel Aviv’s beaches have been decorated for the pride parade, and there was a DJ that played some pretty decent dance music also out for the occasion.

10K run, done and done. Glad that I did it, though for next week’s run, I’ll probably start either early in the morning or later in the evening.