On the subject of "garbage" runs, my favourite over the years is the 13km loop I used to run while working in Hong Kong. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I used to travel there quite often, sometimes for a month or two at a time. Our corporate office was in the Pacific Place complex, and I usually stayed in one of the adjacent hotels.
A run on my regular course started with turning the air conditioner to maximum power and minimum temperature as I left my room. The usual heat and humidity, even in the early morning, meant that I returned over-heated and bathed in sweat. The ritual became to strip off and stand under the air conditioning vent reading the paper for ten minutes or so until I stopped sweating. Showering immediately after the run was useless, because I would still be sweating when I emerged, no matter how cold the water.
|Looking over Hong Kong from near Bowen Road|
The Bowen Road follows a contour along the jungle-clad mountainside high above the main business district and the harbour. The hum of a city starting a new day drifts up from below, but is offset by the peaceful routine of the Tai Chi practitioners and the smell of incense from the small wayside shrines along the Road. In my opinion this is the best city running path in the world. Again, if you are feeling good, it's possible to stretch out, and enjoy overtaking other runners. After 4 kilometres of Bowen Road, the course turned downhill and returned to the hotel.