It was hot and sunny Thursday morning today, for a change. I was ready for a hot morning Parker run. I packed one bottle of water with Nuun and my Marmot soft flask with plain water only and off I went.
After the usual jog on King’s Road I started the steady climb. I still felt my legs after the late night track action the day before but it was not too bad.
I kept running all the way to Tai Fung Au, maintaining quite steady pace. After Tai Fung Au I switched to hike-run-hike-run mode – same as week ago. It was hot today but most of the route is under some pretty solid tree cover so the weather was manageable.
After reaching the top I took few pics and ran down and back up to the other radar. From there all the way down back to Tai Fung Au. Once there I decided to climb up to Mt. Butler. It was bit tough but doable. Once up I took some photo, fixed my drink bottles and went back down the steps the same way.
My legs felt pretty fine on the descent so I decided to continue climbing toward Mt. Parker again once I am back down. I did not have enough time to run all the way up to the radar for the second time this morning. Instead I decided to run up the road as far as the momentum from the Butler descent would carry me (until I switch to walk. And that us what I did – I lasted about 300m on that uphill – till the first pavilion.
Once I switched to hiking mode it was time to start the run down to the city.
I bit tougher and longer run than the previous few Thursday Parkers. But it felt good and if I had more time I would have probably made it up to that radar one more time. The views today would have been worth a second trip:
Link to Strava here.