The Troubling Tel Aviv Half Marathon

The Troubling Tel Aviv Half Marathon

Tel Aviv track…not for beginners..

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or for people who trained in the snow all winter…

Honestly,  I cannot begin to say how unprepared I was for this run.

THIS RUN ahhh oh my god was it hard. I swear, I had no idea. I had googled it and every where online people were like ” ohh yess, it was so fun and soo easy. I just ran it in a breeze blah blah blah facile” LIES all of them LIES.

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runderful start to the  morning

The run started at 6am..It was slightly cool and we were all warming up jogging to the starting point.

I had woken up at 5 to prep and have time to make my way across the city

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Sorry keto, I got to cheato

I had a little carb boost and espresso per usual before a race, so I was feeling fabulous and ready to go

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Calm before the storm/ swarm

It was massive and colourful set up at the start. Everyone was waiting around, stretching and preparing

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orange is the new blue

We all then crammed our way to the starting line. Apparently online it said that the event in total had around 40.000 runners ( which I could totally believe!) we were packed like sardines and the sun was beginging to come out…dun dun daaaa

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oh boy, look an incline

BAM we headed out. Music blasting, the crowd cheering as per a usual running event, but one thing I noticed was that most people did not start out with extra power, but started out with more ease. The sun was coming up and it felt oh so casual..but I went ahead full power like my usual starting method..big mistake..tremendous, yuge.

Now other than that during the race I did not get many photos, mainly due to the fact I was absolutely dying. As we ran the sun rose higher and higher, as did the temperature. Not a single cloud in the sky it seemed.And the hills, oh those damn hills! I never thought Tel Aviv had so many inclines when I was exploring it earlier but let me tell you, it ddoooooessssss

Aside from the personal issue I do have to note the course was amazingly setup, the motivation and the crowds gave you so much strength. Every couple kilometers there were stages with Dj’s playing you onward

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Like seriously, every 2km a guy like this was waiting

but back to me dying.

SO as I was trudging along, hoping to death for a nice sea breeze to come save me, my knee gave out.THATS RIGHT km number 12 I became a hobbly old man. It was just this sudden crack and I felt like I would fall over. I got dizzy and naseous and slowed to a crawl. I tried to pick the speed back up but I couldnt. However I realize there was no other options and I kept hobbling forward the next 9km to the end. It was absolute hell and I have to admit at the end I cried the whole last 1,5km. I was sooo over it.

I made it though.

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got my razzle dazzle medal and a handy dandy snack box

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I headed to the medical, got some nice ice for my knee, then proceded to throw up in the toilets..puuuhhh runners life

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All in all, I absolutely fell in love with Tel Aviv. The run is hard, dont kid yourself. And when in doubt ice it out…but dont get me wrong, Ill be back next year..with vengeanceeeeee

Talkin bout Tel Aviv

Talkin bout Tel Aviv

Welcome to the  curiously cool city by the sea

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Oh, the bluemanity

Now I say curious because to be honest I do not know why I fell so quickly head over heels for this small, extremely expensive, not-so-aesthetic bauhaus city …but ohhh baby am I now in deep.

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bike city bitch, bike bike city bitch

To be honest I have so much enthusiasm right now that  I just have to break it down for you list style. So here are my tip of the top 5’s

  1.  Tel Aviv is small, Tel aviv is Big

It’s Incredibly small. I think between my explorations and running the half marathon I have the city basically all mapped out.

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toto we arent in western Europe anymore

It has a feel like Munich, where it has everything you need  for a city but at the same time all the conviences and social comforts of a small town atmosphere.

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Never ending hazy skys over the city

but then again I say big because once you are really out you can feel its strong heart and soul.In the evenings or late afternoons, the people start coming out and the bars and cafes are crowded with lights and laughter.

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It feels so exciting but so comfortable, and it seems everyone is always bumping into someone they know

 

 

3. The beach, the glorious, fabulouuuus beach

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Beach, please

Coming from freezing winter wonderland that is Bavaria, I was probably most excited by the heat of Tel Aviv. It was only around 20-25 degrees but the sunlight hit you just right.

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Cash me at the Carousel, Howbowdah

 

All around adults and children alike were playing sports, in the water, cruisin about

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or just soaking up sun.

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We were able to relax in minimal clothing and get some new freckles all in “winter”time…except no smoothies. FYI even if the coffee shops are air conditioned, they still apparently respect a no smoothie in the winter months rule

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Running away from my problems like

4.The cozy chill culture

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Perhaps it was because I have been in Germany too long, or perhaps its just the way it is, but withhold your potential comments about bias when I say, people there are just so so nice.

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Shalloommm sleepy time

The people I was hanging out with were so open and welcoming. I mean my host did know me and gave me free range of his flat (and bed), introduced me to friends, and even let me me finish his box of captain crunch at 1am- soo nice.

5. Houmous is youmous

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ok not just houmous, but food in general.

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Benedict’s Shashuka is off the hooka

The food there is so glorious. Fresh ingredients, mixed in peculiar ways with loads of unique flavour combinations and textures.It is just so busy but so delightful. Its not all Shawarmas and Falafel but Shakshuka, Sabih, salads and so much more. You get food and youre just like, what is this? but it doesnt matter what it is because once find out its delicious no more questions are ever asked…ever

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Baked potato, hardboiled egg, hummus, tahini, pickles eggplant and assorted garnished in pita. Wierd? completely. Tasty? 100%

 

Alright, I know 5 for now seems pretty slim for someone so “excited”, but believe me its hard to narrow down what I experienced for a post.There is just so much good I dont know where to end, so I had to after so little…also I still have to write about the marathon experience-aaaayyyyyeeee

Needless to say, I am already looking

to book another trip.

So, chill. We’ll be back for more.

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