See you next year

I’ve either acclimated to the humidity of Taipei, or the weather started cooperating, or both. Regardless, runs #3 and #4 in Taipei have been a lot better than the first 2.  For comparison, my first run was 5.2 miles averaging 11:37/mile, whereas today I ran 9 miles averaging 11:06/mile.  Not to mention, today was my longest run since October 5th!

It’s been raining the past few days and the clouds finally parted this morning, which meant that the scenery during today’s run was especially pretty.  As a result, I stopped a bunch of times to take photos.  The frequent stops and aesthetically pleasing surroundings certainly helped me to quicken my pace!

Without ado, here are some photos from today’s run:

Sunrise over the river.

Sunrise over the river.

The Chungyang Bridge with Yangmingshan (mountain) in the background.

The Chungyang Bridge with Yangmingshan (mountain) in the background.

Badminton foursome.

Badminton foursome.

Fishermen on the Tamshui River.

Fishermen on the Tamshui River.

Flying to SFO tomorrow!  See you next year, Taipei!


Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

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8 comments on “See you next year
  1. Jan says:

    What stunning pictures! Glad you were able to get some runs in while away. It’s always fun to have a change in scenery!

  2. Mike says:

    Quick, schedule a race for next weekend so you can take advantage of your humidity training! Great news that you’re up to 9 (comfortable, I assume?) miles, and hopefully now you can gradually ramp that mileage back up to wherever you want it to go.

    And I was thinking, in your previous post… when you say the women runners in Taiwan “have been mostly ~ 45+ years old”, I assume that if they look 45 then they must be at least 80. Aging gracefully is definitely a hallmark of your peeps…

    Safe travels back to CA!

    • Jen says:

      Haha, no races scheduled for this weekend, though maybe I’ll do a turkey trot next week. The positive effects of my humidity training will probably have faded away by then. 😉

      Good point re: Asian women and aging. For what it’s worth, I estimated their ages based more on their attire and hairstyles than their faces. haha

  3. Grace says:

    So pretty! Cool weather right after the rain is my favourite time to run in the tropics.

  4. Cathryn says:

    Welcome back! Such lovely photos.

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