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

Abroad to America

Abroad to America

Sorry for the post abscence, but my year has started off quite stressed. I had to go to America spontaneously for, unfortunately, a funeral. I had to go to my grandparents home in Alabama. It started out with a completely complicated flight but

Three countries and three layovers later

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I just get the feeling they are always trying to overcompensate for something…

I arrived in the home of the brave… on Inauguration day

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Definetly a yuge culture shock.

but luckily for me in my third layover I was greeted by a happy and familiar face

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Dallas welcome comittee

I got to visit some family during my Texas layover and got to take some off grandma’s fresh baked bread along to my final destination..

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“Please sir, its only banana, my grandma just baked it” -Aspen in airport detainment January 20, 2017

FYI dont ever take bread through TSA, they had a hay day,

but I was let go in time for my flight

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Dear DFW, Its been real, and its been good. but hasnt quite been real good

I arrived in Birmingham shortly after, and the events began.

To be honest. I am not the best with loss, and it was a very hard week. I am beyond thankful I am a runner, it was the best coping method I could have had to fall back on.

My grandma passed away and it brought up so many feelings from previous losses. My family is not so big and going back has always been hard. Luckily for me there was a great running track near my grandfathers house I was able to escape to in between runs around the neighborhood

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aka Shin splint city

I think I got in a good 28 km that week. It would have been more except for crazy southern thunderstorms. but I tried my best to get out whenever  the sky was moderately clear

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The trip as  whole was a good time for getting the closure I think I ultimately desired. My mind is still a bit distracted, but now that I am back in Munich I am my most happiest. I am so thankful I have found a place to call home and above all feel home.I can hop away to the mountains on the weekend or run around the city and work my way back up after a fall.

Whenever life gets hard, its good to be able to just go home.For me this is Munich.

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We never quite get over our losses. But I do believe we tend to absorb them and they carve us into different, often kinder creatures

 

 

Meanwhile in Munich

Meanwhile in Munich

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woke up like dis

YES winter is finally here. With it came snow, glorious, super snow. Unlike what I assume to be the majority of the population, I am extremely overwhelmed and over joyed by this weather. I love running in snow, walking in snow and day dreaming from my office window as it snows.The chill in the air and the silence of everywhere that comes with that frosty white cushioning just gives my heart little pitter patters.

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s’no day like a snow day

The city becomes more alive. It is so bright, hopeful and beautiful. The sky becomes an extra magnificient shade of blue and the rivers flow with a little more grace than average. I find Munich to just be the best place to go for chilly strolls. What can I say, I am a little winter romantic.

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I like to often imagine I am in a snow globe or a Thomas Kinkade picture. Although I do love my outdoor activities

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Running in a winter wonderland

I find that there are a lot of cozy indoor activities to revel in. In Munich we have so many lovely museums, exhibits and naturally, oodles of cafes.

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souper duper dinner date

awe, Munich, sweet Munich. Such a lovely place to be, all year round

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Am ende wird alles gut

Am ende wird alles gut

Originally I had in mind to write a proper running post about the fantastic feeling New Years Eve running event, but in the end I think it was more so the feeling and what it stood for. Instead of another race day it was a day for reflection and the delightfulness that came along.

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It was so lovely. We ran the event in Olympia Park in Munich, it looked absolutely spectacular. A perfect sporty winter wonderland.

 

 

The night had frozen over and dusted the landscape with white. Everything ever so lightly twinkled, and glittered in the bright sunlight.

 

My friend Cora came along, she is absolutely darling. Not much of a sporty person. A hiker yes, but when it comes to other events, she tends to avoid. However unfamiliar with the activities she is, I really admire her ability to just shrug and say why not. I’ve previously invited her to events-we did a spontanious charity 10km in fall- and this time she agreed in the same nonchalant manner.

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I had aqcuired some nasty shin splints the last week from training so Cora and I managed to only do the 5km event.

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It was a short and sweet run. The air stung a bit and our hands turned bright pink. We paced ourselves and jogged it out at an average race pace. We were the middle women, just there to get our bright and cheery morning workout.

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FInishers mug. *points for creativity

This start of the day was lovely and set my mind off on a good reflection of the year. I have come to think until then about how difficult the year was. It seemed to be one of those times when everything is against you and nothing goes right. When constantly you feel you cannot get a moment to breathe because you must always struggle to keep your head above water and moving forward.

However, it was not entirely this. The bad seems to outweight the good and cloud our vision. We tend to dwell on mistakes, but now I see these were really valuable times. The challenges taught us to fight through, the hurt taught us how strong we really are inside.I am glad I made some mistakes and I am glad I had go through the trouble I did, because now I am stronger and more prepared for better things. Although it seems I have started at the begining again, I think this is ok and I have accepted it. I believe now as long as you know what you want and stay focused then perhaps things really will always work out in the end.

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Five Fantastic tips to make your first half marathon miraculous

Five Fantastic tips to make your first half marathon miraculous

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My first half marathon on Paris Fall 2015

I find myself getting stuck half reminsicing about the old days as better days and the old days as worse. Sometimes I critisize myself and think ” I could be as good as I used to but am not” or ” I was so bad back then”

Stop Aspen, Stop.

I have learned from these habits that one should never think this way. The main motivation of running should be because you enjoy it and you feel good. So instead of continuing thr cycle I decided to use that energy and apply it to some positive motivation and advice for you wonderful readers!

Tip 1: Do not get involved with crash diets

I know most people assume to run a half marathon you need a “runner’s body” or to slim down, but let me tell you, if you are serious about getting to a certain level of fitness make sure you are doing it for the correct reasons. Basically feeling and not asthetics. I know people of all shapes and sizes who can run wonderfully and are trained in their own way to.One rookie mistake is thinking you must compare yourself to someone else and assuming what is fit for them is fit for you. This often leads to unhealthy and short lived diet choices. Listen to your body, find out what it needs and what you feel most comfortable with.If you are training regularly your body will tell you what it wants and needs and the results of your health will show. But if you find you are needing to reach a certain goal, look up long lasting lifestyle changes in dietary choices.

Tip 2: Avoid over indulgence

Another common food myth new half marathon runners believe is that because they are training then this means they can eat anything they want. Big big problem, no matter how much you are running if you constantly are choosing to treat yo self then your body will not be very happy.

Tip 3: Plans are not always accurate

Alot of places I see people posting specific running schedules to follow and saying they should be strictly followed in order to achieve ones running goals. This is reletively false. Everyones body is a little different and requires different training schedules. It is a good idea to make a loose plan-I like to be able to plan and track my progress- but remain aware what your body can handle. If today is supposed to be a long run on your schedule but you are feeling not 100% then modify the distance to what fits you best.

Tip 4: Over training is a real possibility

This I am living proof of. I pushed my self way too hard and fractured my knee..but don’t worry its not to say every over training case is so dramatic, but it is true it can be a hazard for your health and running well being. The most important thing to do is listen to your body. If you feel like it then do it, but if you dont then take a break. And always always have a good rest day!

Tip 5: Your ego is not your amigo

Above all, remember this is supposed to be fun! Don’t go comparing yourself to other or even to another version of yourself. There will always be good days and bad days, people who are faster or better or more in shape than you. Focus on what you want, work towards it and enjoy the small things on the way. Enjoy the present the look back at the progress youve already made on your goal.

Hopefully these little tid bits of information Ive learned along the way can help you keep on going, or start your journey well! I’ll continuinly add more, because there always is so much to learn as you add to your experiences.