It’s taken a while, but the time has come to make a public offer.
I’ve been running Shanghai streets for more than two years now. It’s great fun and I start to know my way around quite some parts of this huge cityscape. Most of it eminently runnable, although bits are best walked (busy street markets, some narrow and crowded sidewalks, temples). Overall, with the regular forced stops at road crossings, the rests when crossing the Huangpu by ferry or eating a street snack, and the stops to have a look at or in a particularly interesting building, what I do is best described as run-walk, dare I say jogging (or if that sounds uncool to you, I’m also OK with pedestrianism). The focus is not on exercise, health, or training, but on exploring my environment.
Shanghai is a treasure trove of fascinating street life, stunning buildings, futuristic mega structures, traffic-free lane house neighborhoods (some bourgeois, some working class, some being upgraded, some being bulldozed) , lively parks, endless kilometers of runnable river-hugging tracks, and much more. Running the streets is a great way to make this metropolis your own. I live in an expat enclave (here that just means that it has many foreign residents, but still a large majority of Chinese) at the Pudong (East of the Pu river) side, Greencity, considered by many to be way out in the boring hinterlands of the metropolis. But did you know it’s less than 5k to the nearest ferry across the Huangpu. And then another kilometer to the working class alley-neighborhoods and street markets of Yangpu? Thus, from a pedestrian perspective Puxi (West of the Pu river, aka Shanghai) really is close by. And for those willing to explore, Pudong itself has lots of unexpected gems. I’ve got only two caveats: when the air is too dirty (AQI 200+) I don’t run, and I’m out of town regularly.
If you are interested in a guided outing I’m happy to show you around. No fixed fee. Pay me what you feel like at the end of it. With one to three fellow runners along, every route is possible.
If you are a runner (or your partner or your visitors are) one or more guided runs are for you/them if:
- You want to discover some of the countless interesting routes in Pudong and in Puxi (and those connecting the two). People I have run with often take non-running partners or friends for walks along my route because they’ve become as fascinated by it as I am.
- You’re convinced that you lack the training for longer runs (never run more than 10k? you may surprise yourself with going beyond half marathon distance without suffering).
- You look for routes that cater to your specific interests (which can include training).
- You have an interest in low impact running (probably because you’re regularly injured): I can give you some technique advice.
- You want to get out of the city: I can take you to the hills of Hangzhou or Suzhou.
Interested? Give me call (+8613681905624) or send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you want to know more about me, have a look at the rest of this blog (plenty urban running related ramblings).