The first 25 km were wonderful. We ran through the historic city centre, passing landmarks like the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, the old East & South gates of the city, and the 2/28 Peace Park.
Leaving the old city centre behind, we headed north, crossing the Keelung River and coming into view of Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings. The sun came up, a very light cooling rain started falling, and I was feeling good.
I settled in with a group of runners wearing matching company t-shirts who were calling out their pace every kilometre in Mandarin. Great, all I need to do is stay with this group and I’m on track for my target time of 3 hours 30 minutes. Oh my sweet summer child.