Just got back from a great 4-day vacation in Hong Kong with wifey and my mom. It would have been a typical Pinoy HK trip (i.e., shopping, food tripping) had it not been for the very scenic 10k "chill run" that I did last Saturday. Instead of doing the "Tsim Sha Tsui Oceanview Course," which features the West KowloonWaterfront Promenade, I ran a course that featured the Avenue of the Stars, the Salisbury Garden, and the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade. Apparently, this route is quite popular among runners in HK. A good number of runners of different nationalities were also doing their morning run. I even ran into our very own Eduardo "Vertek" Buenavista, who was doing a light jog presumably in preparation for the 2010 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon. It was a relatively short course so I ended up doing a couple of loops to complete my target 10k distance. My route viewed from Garmin Connect:
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It was my first time to run in Hong Kong, and it was an awesome experience. The temperature was a very comfortable 22°C and the skies were overcast. I started my run at 7:48 a.m., and it took me 1:14:41 to cover 10k. The run was peppered with numerous "photo breaks" -- I either stopped to take pictures or to ask other tourists to take my picture. According to my 305, I had an average pace 7:27mpk, gained an elevation of 370m, and consumed a total of 913 calories.
A late Saturday night-out kept me from waking up in time to catch the gun start of the SCHKM. I also planned on running in Victoria Park last Monday, but some last-minute shopping (we flew back to Manila Monday evening) also kept me from doing that run. And so, all I have are these -- some swell photos of what I would consider an early contender for my personal "Run of the Year."
I started my run at the back of the HK Museum of Art.
Apparently, the Avenue of the Stars is a popular HK running route.
One of the markers along the Avenue of the Stars -- and my foot
Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade
Runners along the promenade