2015 TDS Training – Run no. 1 – Thursday Parker

So, the post 100K races, post injury and post season easy few weeks are over. Time to hit those trails and road to get the body ready for the 119km run through Alps in August.  I am actually starting a day ahead, April 30, as first couple of May days I will be out of the city and not able to run.

The regular Thursday runs up the Mt.Parker road from Quarry Bay to radar worked well for me last year while training for CCC so I decided to keep this weekly run as part of my training routine. For first couple of weeks I will only do the run up and back down (about 11km in total), later will add the Tai Tam and Sir Cecil’s loop (some 20+km).

So, run number one. Easy jog and difficult slalom between people from North Point to Quarry Bay and then uphill push.

I haven’t done this run for a while so I decided to start with easy pace and keep running all the way to Tai Fung Au. It was warm and stuffy humid but surprisingly I made it up to Tai Fung Au without too much struggle. I thought about cooling down at the toilets up there but at the end I did not pause there. I switched to fast walk and kept pushing up to Mt. Parker. I changed gears few times and jogged here and there.

View of Tai Tam from Mt Parker on April 30

View of Tai Tam from Mt Parker on April 30

Once at the top I paused for the obligatory photo of Tai Tam and dashed down back to Quarry Bay. This may be a road not a trail but it is long  downhill (4.5km) so a good training ground. On the way back down I did make that cool down pit stop at Tai Fung Au but otherwise it was smooth sailing all the way.

TDS training run no 1 done.

Here is the link to this run on Strava.

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