Running in a Mega-City: Shenzhen

Running in a Mega-City
Today I ran the longest I’ve ever run in my life. I completed an 8-mile long run and I enjoyed every minute of it. I never thought I would be saying those words.
It wasn’t always this way. I just started running consistently 4 months ago, and it was a process to build the habit of running.

The Challenge of Running in a Mega-City

Running in a mega-city (Shenzhen, China)  has definitely been a unique experience. Its all about strategically avoiding strollers, scooters, e-bikes, and old people. Not to mention the amount of silent electric vehicles (EVs) that are waiting to plow you over at any intersections.
Shenzhen has one of the largest fleets of electric Taxis in the world and its great for the local environment, but terrible for me as an urban runner.
Even with the danger of the EV’s, Shenzhen’s sidewalks are generally pedestrian-friendly. The city is connected by a complex network of tunnels, bridges, and sidewalks that makes the entire place 100% walk-able. You can literally run from one end of the city to the other without touching a major road.
The Taxis in Shenzhen are electric and blue and white in color.
I thought that air quality would’ve been a major factor in my performance, but I keep hitting PRs. I know I will probably hit plateaus soon and things like air quality will start to matter, but for now I’m okay. I don’t think anyone knows the true long term effects of bad air quality.

A New Discovery

Today after dodging the EV’s, I came across a beautiful park that I declared perfect for running.
Shenzhen is filled with quite a few parks, but not many of them are as large as this one.
The park sits on the banks of the Dasha River and is filled with plenty of trails for running.
Dasha River Park is  a 3-mile run from my apartment and that’s the perfect distance to extend my long runs. Dasha River park will be a new destination for many of my future runs.
Running in a Mega-City

Running in a Mega-City: Update

I want to use my Sunday posts to keep you updated on my running progress.
Let’s get started.

Miles this Week: 27.9 Miles

This is 2 miles longer than I ran last week (26.0).  My long run increased by .5 miles and another run was extended by a mile.

Number of Runs: 6 runs

I like to keep the number of runs to 6 runs per week. I know that it probably isn’t healthy to run for 6 days straight, but it helps me stay consistent.

Miles this Month: 68.1 Miles

I’m on track to have my first 100-mile month…ever. Last month I was 10 miles shy of 100 miles, but I know I’m going to be well over that this month.

How to hit my running goal

One of my fitness goals for 2020 is to complete a marathon by year end. I’m well on my way in my training to hit this goal. A few things I need to make sure I do before this happens are:

1. Register for a Marathon

Going to America this summer is making my marathon plans quite difficult. I would like to have an attempt in the first half of the year. Just in case I don’t finish, I can retrain and try to run another one; but I’m struggling to find one in my area in the states.

2. Continue to increase my weekly mileage

Focusing on increasing my long runs will get me the most prepared to conquer the 26.2 miles of marathon. If I just keep doing what I’m doing then I can make that happen.

3. Purchase New Running Shoes

At some point I need to purchase a new pair of running shoes. I’ve never been one to advocate for spending a lot of money on shoes, but I think I’m going to get a nice pair of shoes this time. Especially since I will continue to have 100+ mile months.


Overall I’m proud of my running performance. I’ve seen so much growth since I made a habit of running months ago.
If your’re interested in tracking your runs  I use this Garmin GPS Watch.
Also, If you’re a runner and you have any feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below. I would really appreciate any advice.

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