Last week I ran my first timed 5km race as part of the annual Modiin Race. I set myself the goal of running in the 5km race last year when my wife and son competed in last year’s Modiin Race, and I’m pretty proud of myself for achieving my goal.
I started running again towards the end of 2018/beginning of 2019, and was pretty consistent until about April when I stopped running.
Then, as the race approached, I decided to start running again at the beginning of November when the weather started to cool.
My pace was predictably relatively slow to begin with (I hadn’t done much exercise for months, after all), but I feel like I improved nicely over the following two weeks.
I was hoping to complete the race in under 30 minutes, although I just realised that I based that goal on the assumption that the race course was 5km.
It was actually a little more, so my time was pretty good for my first 5km race in years (I ran a 5km fun run years ago in Johannesburg).
I wouldn’t say that I enjoy running, necessarily, but I do like getting out and exercising. I also enjoy the feeling of progress when I run further without slowing to walk, and the feeling of having accomplished something for myself afterwards.
Tal Kravitz performed at one of our city’s annual Autumn music festival events in a neighbourhood park yesterday. According to his bio on his Facebook Page –
Tal Kravitz is a musician and a singer educated at Israel’s finest music institutions. He is also a traveler who journeyed on a personal search for original tribal music in far corners of the world not yet exposed to Western civilization. Tal plays piano, harp, guitar, a variety of bagpipes, the musical saw, African percussion instruments and more.
We really enjoyed the event. Kravitz is really engaging, and involves the audience (who loved him).
Fortunately we arrived early enough to find good seats. I took advantage of that for some photographs.
Kravitz used a range of musical instruments including an Irish harp, a saw (the kind you use to cut wood), bagpipes, and some sort of electromagnetic/sonic device.
I’ve heard some terrific new music lately, and I thought I’d share some of my favourite songs this week.
I’ve been listening to more Nick Mulvey’s music, and enjoying many more of his songs. Here are my current favourites:
I have a growing “Liked Songs” playlist on Spotify that includes all of these tracks. It’s probably a bit too big to share directly, but these songs are some great highlights from songs I added recently to that playlist.