I was actually in Taipei, not to eat, but to run. Despite being woefully unprepared (wrong shoes!) and tired (just having run the Shanghai half two weeks prior).
I went for a warm up run around my hotel neighborhood just to get a feel for the weather (humid, rainy) and came across the Chaing Kai Shek memorial hall.
Another way I was unprepared for the run, was the night before I went with my co-worker to eat fresh beef hot pot. Maybe I was actually in Taipei to eat and running was just an excuse.
Outfit planning for a hot humid race.
Then Sunday morning. It started to rain. and then it really started to rain. I wished I had brought my Flash Pack because my socks got soaked running through the puddles.
Start line jitters
I didn’t take any photos during the race – my fingers couldn’t work the camera since everything was so wet. I ran slowly. Taipei’s route was much more difficult than Shanghai. Aside from the rain, the run forced us through narrow streets where you had to slow down (or at least I did) to keep from bumping the person ahead of me. The rain made my socks wet and I developed a blister on my right instep that I kept trying not to land on (for 16 km.) The race route went up bridges, down bridges, up on to the elevated highway, down into a long long tunnel with a long climb to get out near the end. I ran an entire 20 minutes slower than Shanghai!
I finally was able to dry my hands and take a photo at the finish
Here’s the route
Watching the rain fall from the dryness and warmth of the Nike VIP lounge
Well I finished. On to Hong Kong half marathon in February!