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PERLMAN WINS GOLD IN ISRAEL
Aug 05, 2013
Hannah Pierce(Maine), Melissa Perlman(Boca),Emily Mossler(Indiana), Samantha Lee(Oregon) with their Gold Medals
PALM BEACH COUNTY ATHLETE WINS GOLD, BRONZE AT 19th MACCABIAH GAMES IN ISRAEL
Melissa Perlman, a 31-year-old Boca Raton resident, returned home to South Florida this past week with some extra hardware. The Public Relations executive (owner of BlueIvy Communications – a PR and communications firm based in Boca Raton) and Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton secured an individual bronze medal and team gold medal while in Israel competing on behalf of Team USA in the 19th Maccabiah Games.
Melissa Perlman returned from the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv with both a Gold and Bronze medal.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Leading Boca Raton Public Relations Executive Melissa Perlman is back from Tel Aviv with a bronze medal and a gold medal, both earned during a spectacular performance in the Maccabiah Games.
Perlman runs BlueIvy Communications and is the assistant cross country and track coach at Spanish River High. She secured an individual bronze medal and team gold medal while in Israel competing on behalf of Team USA in the 19th Maccabiah Games.
Well, I have returned from Israel after three weeks…and spent the last day catching up on rest, unpacking, doing laundry, and reminscing on my time overseas. I have to say that the experience was unlike anything else. I had the absolute BEST time in Israel as a member of Team USA in the 19th Maccabiah Games. I had high expectations of everything – yet somehow the experience was better than anything imagined. I’ll keep this short but wanted to share some of the highlights:
Team USA: The most amazing group of people and athletes ever. To have the opportunity to be back on a Track team was an experience in itself. It felt like college running again, but with the maturity that only comes with age. The mindset of a competitive runner is so unique and to be part of that addictive and passionate atmosphere again was really cool and inspiring. (So much so, I have a few new goals and plans for myself and my running/racing this Fall and onward.) The Half Marathon team specifically was my famiy while there. I cannot begin to describe how much fun I had with my group. I truly feel so lucky that our group was hand picked and put together….and I know we will be friends for a lifetime to come. First reunion is already planned for October!
Israel: Wow! It may have been my third time in the country, but the tours, the views, the places never get old. I love that place. And to have the opportunity to see it with a new perspective on life – was a privilege. I cannot wait to go back again (4 years!)!
Family: It was a brief visit…but I had the opportunity to see my family while there for a day. My dad’s brother moved to Israel when he was in his 20s, joined the Israeli army, got married, raised a family and lives there today with the family. I got to see my uncle, aunt, three of my cousins as well as one of their wifes and kids. It was an amazing lunch and I am so thankful I had the time to make it happen!
Competition: Ah the competition. I said coming in that my goal was to medal and finish under 1:30 in the half marathon. But you say a lot when you have goals…and hopes. To finish the race in a 1:29:31 and to win a bronze individual medal and team gold medal was beyond my greatest expectations. The race was hard (hilly and humid); my body barely held up (still can’t put on sneakers to this day…because of how damaged my feet got – blood blisters and cuts on my heels); but my mind kept me in it…and my legs listened. I will tell you that the last 4K (a half marathon is equal to 13.1 miles or 21K) was rough and I had to do a lot of talking to get myself through it. On a personal note, I have to thank my mom (in heaven) for getting me through a lot of it. Most of my talking was to her…and apparently she listened.
Special thanks to all those who supported my trip and experience monetarily with donations! And special thanks to my family for their support, my Spanish River team that sent me texts and facebook messages before and after the race, my high school coach Rick Rothman who was on-site and gave me the best pep talk ever, Jordana Kimelman – who despite having to race the next day and being sick – was there in full force to take pictures of Team USA and to help me post-race, my Team USA girls who were there for me throughout the race as running partners and water passers, Rob Fellman and Coach Smolka for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Maccabiah Games, and so many more!!!!
Check out this cool blog from Daniel Suher – one of my teammates on the Maccabiah Games 2013 Track and Field team. He is running the 5K next week and is sharing his journey right here. Check it out:http://runningthrutheholyland.blogspot.com/.
Will share more later! And more on my own adventure!
Below is an article from the South Florida Jewish Journal!!! The reporter really did his homework and a fantastic job I have to say. Very thankful! And more excited than ever to head on over to Israel! Thanks David Schwartz and photographer Todd Roller who is just as amazing a talent!
My former Spanish River athlete Nick French was in town for the summer…after finishing his freshman year at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. He ran cross country and track at Vanderbilt this past year and did awesome – nearly hitting 15:00 flat in the 5K! While in town, he has been training alone as well as a little bit with the Spanish River high school cross country team (including me). We’ve been discussing running a race together and having him pace me for over a year now…and the time finally came at the Freedom 5K race at Quiet Water Park in Deerfield Beach on June 29.
Having someone pace you in a 5K is truly a great way to drop your time without having to do any of the mental work. I highly recommend it for all road racers, especially if you have hit a plateau that you can’t seem to get under. For me, I spent a lot of time last year trying to break 20:00 and finally did. This year, with much more training under my belt my goal switched to breaking 19 minutes. Hence, my reason for asking Nick for help.
Here’s how it went down:
The race started at 7:00 am. We first did a mile warm-up, stretched and did a couple of strides. I put on my racing flats and we spoke about running 6 minute miles straight through. Our plan was definitely not to go out too fast – as we knew I had done that before and gotten way too tired early-on. The other plan was to try and get faster and stronger as the race went on – knowing passing people would help with my mental state throughout the race.
The first mile was 6:04 and I felt good.
The second mile split was 6:25 and I felt a little slow/tired. Nick tried to push the pace this entire mile but at the same time didn’t want to lose me.
The third mile split was 6:12. I could feel the end coming, felt good and mentally wanted to be done as soon as possible…Hence the negative split.
I came through the 3-mile at 18:40 something. And then the 3.1 mile (or 5K) at 19:18. I did not break that 19 minute mark (but did drop about 30 seconds from my time the month before in the Run for the Ribbons 5K which was a good sign).
The plan is to go after that sub-19 minute 5K again on my return from Israel! Can’t wait!
Photo of me, Nick and Justin Levine, the men’s overall winner.
And the official countdown can being. I leave for New York July 9; Israel July 10th; and then race on July 23rd in Tel Aviv! It is starting to feel a little realer to me! Not in the super super prep and excited mode quite yet but I am sure that will come when July arrives. Maccabiah USA has also starte to send information, details and uniforms! Here is what I have so far:
ARRIVALS (July 10, 2013): The 1100 plus USA athletes will arrive in Israel and start meeting one another. Besides Coach Rothman (who is coaching the Junior Track team) and Rob Fellman (Track Chair and athlete), I do not know anyone! I don’t even know anyone from the half marathon team – so this should be quite exciting!
ISRAEL CONNECT (July 11-16, 2013): We get to see Israel and all it offers – well not all – but a lot! Including: Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Masada, Bedouin tent dinner, Yad Vashem, and much more!
TRAVEL TO TEL AVIV WITH HALF MARATHON TEAM AND OTHER OPEN SPORTS TEAMS (July 17, 2013): This is where the two weeks of competition period beings. (I won’t be running until July 23 so I will have lots of time to see Israel
visit with family, meet the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s partners in the region, and do some work for BlueIvy Communications!
HALF-MARATHON RACE (July 23, 2013): The race will take place in the evening at 8:00pm, when it could potentially cool to around 90 degrees and 90% humidity! Luckily I am from Florida so am sorta used to it! Picture of the course included below.
TEL-AVIV TO NEWARK TO FLORIDA (August 1, 2013)
I will share pictures in the coming weeks – and of course during the games you can follow me on my facebook page (www.facebook.com/melissaperlman). Not a friend? Just request me!
More details provided to me on the Maccabiah Games:
We represent the USA’s best Jewish athletes. Since the Games started 80 years ago, only 6,000 USA athletes have participated, many former, current or past Olympians. Our track and field teams over the years are fewer than only 500 participants- (many are blind copied on this email.) You are in the company of: Dwight Stones (announcer and US Olympian), Ken Flax (current NCAA record holder, US Olympian), Deena Kastor (current USA marathon record holder and USA Olympian), Irv Mondschein (USA Olympian). Jews are a small minority in the world (.25%) yet we make up of over 3% of Olympic medals. As per Adam Sandler, “not too shabby.”
The other day I was in my robe, relaxing and preparing for an enjoyable (yet probably painful) facial when the esthetician came in and asked me if I was ready. I responded yes. Her next question: “Wow, you’ve been in the sun a lot!” I immediately sank down into the table wondering what my poor young 31-year-old skin must look like for her to say that. I immediately responded: “Is it that bad?” Which she quickly answered with: “Your tan lines? They are pretty funny.” Phew…I thought inside my head. She was referring to my swimsuit and sports bra tan lines as signs I had been in the sun, and not the skin on my face!
While at that moment I was out of the clear, it’s important to pay attention to your skin – especially if you are an athlete spending a lot of time exercising, running, biking and/or swimming in the sun. Here is a good article from Runner’s World that talks about how to not only protect your skin but your feet from calluses; your inner thighs from chafing; your face from acne; and more! When you are talking about skin, there’s a lot to keep up on! Please read on!
Runner’s World: Save Your Skin
Running is both your skin’s best friend (that rosy sheen) and its worst enemy (sun damage, sweat-induced acne). And need we even mention a runner’s camera-unready feet, with unsightly calluses and lurking fungi? Since you’re not going to hang up your running shoes as a skin-saving strategy, take these steps to keep your epidermis—from tender toes to the tips of your ears—safe, healthy, and well cared for. This includes: