I have discovered some great running routes in Shanghai. Some with open spaces, some with greens, some with a water view and some which include all three.
What I have been missing is a running route which motivates and supports me to run longer distances. I am very much a 5k runner. With that I mean that 5k is my base and my comfort zone. It seems like I can always run 5k and it seems like I have a hard time motivating myself to run longer than that. When I reach 5k I'm like "sweet, time for yoga". But I often think about getting into running longer distances again. Maybe do my first marathon here in Asia - have you heard about the half-marathon in Cambodia through the renowned Angkor Wat? It's in December this year and It sounds aaaaamazing. But it just seems so difficult - I almost feel feel like saying impossible to train for a marathon in Shanghai.
Willpower & Century Park
Then the other week I remembered my friend Lars. Lars is a super-runner and a very inspiring person if you like running. In 2012 he ran the Great Wall Marathon. Oh yes 42.195 km and 5,164 steps on the Great Wall and a run that puts participants physical ability to the test. No problem for Lars' physical ability. Later the same year he joined the Sky Marathon and with over 300 other stair-running enthusiasts he conquered the 100 floors of the World Financial Center in Shanghai. In 2012 I had just moved to Shanghai and I was so fascinated about Lars' commitment and running ability. His secret? Willpower & Century Park.
Century Park is located in Pudong east of Lujiazui and it is the largest park in Shanghai. It is a bit of a mission to get there but this Saturday I decided to see if the mission is worth it.
Saturday morning Me and my friend Anne who is visiting me these weeks enjoyed one of my home-made green smoothies, we put on our running gear and we went with the subway to Century Park. It's Line 2 and you either get off at Shanghai Science & Technology Museum or Century Park. When you are D.O.N.E jumb in a taxi and it's a RMB 25 ride back to Puxi Centre.
Out at Century Park you can run on the running track around the whole park with lots of other running enthusiasts or you can pay RMB 10 to get access into the park and it's many paths, it's green fields, it's big lake and it's small tivoli.
Century Park and it's outside area is fresh, open, green and biiiiiiig. So you can definitely get your marathon training started in Shanghai by doing a couple of weekly missions to Century Park.
Bonus? A Century Park mission almost feels like a small Shanghai get-away so why not try that and skip the hung-over brunch for a change. An after running brunch just taste so much better.
Have a lovely Sunday in rainy'ish Shanghai and don't forget to subscribe to receive other running tips & healthy stuff