Jerusalem Half Marathon or Should I Say 21.1K
So clearly from the post title, I was in Jerusalem. We got back Saturday and the race was Friday morning, but lets back up a bit… Todd left for work in Ber’Sheva, Israel January 15th. After his work was done, I met him in Tel Aviv for a little vacation. Since this is Heather RUNS Fast, I’ll start my Israel recap with running… OBV.
I got in two great runs on Tel Aviv beach. Both times I had cool temps in the beginning and most of the running path was shaded, but it got warm quick. They are 6 hours ahead of us and the sun rises around 5:45AM. So even sleeping in until only 7AM means you’re running in full sun. Good thing I received this Nuun swag package before I left to stock up on my hydration!
My first run was beautiful. The path I ran along beach path and soaked in the city. On my second run though, it was SUPER windy! So much sand was blowing around.
Like I said before, the race was Friday morning. Shabbat starts at sundown on Friday, so that’s why the race was on Friday and not Saturday or Sunday like it is here. After a night of NO SLEEP we got up at 4:15 to leave our apartment in Tel Aviv to drive to Jerusalem (about an hour away). I ate some oatmeal with peanut butter mixed in and bit on top on the drive and then two dates right before.
The race started at 6:45 and if you remember, the sun is fully up then. Luckily, the temps were cool. The course, however, was NOT cool. It was SO HILLY. Miles of up and down and up and down. There were points of going up hill that I just told myself not to walk. I had a slow trudge, but I knew I could make it up on the down hills. I opened my stride and let it fly.
My “goal” was to run a 9/9:30 pace. I knew it was going to be hilly and I hadn’t trained for hills at.all. Nor had I run 13 consecutive miles in over a year. Needless to say, I was completely happy with my 1:53:46 time- a 8:35 pace. Woo Hoo! Now I’ve run two races internationally: Jerusalem and Taipei, Taiwan. We Americans are used to 5K and 1oK’s, but not 21.1K and 42.2K. It was cool seeing the stickers on back of all the cars using kilometers instead of miles.
Another difference, was that they were handing out dates on the course for food and they call their electrolyte drink, isotonic drink, haha. And the water wasn’t in cups, they handed out small water bottles. It was easier to drink that way, but such a waste of water. Oh! I forgot to mention that my dad left me a note wishing me good luck before I left 🙂
The only thing they had after the race was oranges and apples, so it’s a good thing I packed a PB&J (on Challah bread) to eat on the drive home! I scarfed that bad boy down so fast, it’s a amazing I remembered to take a pic!
We flew back that night at midnight, which made for a looooong day, especially with no sleep the night before. Not only did my parents watch the Ry girl while we were gone, my mom made us dinner when we got back…
And yes, that’s a welcome home cake. Now that’s love.
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