Given that the Bukit Aman carpark was closed for renovations with effect from February, we made an alternative start from the opposite end of our usual route. From the starting point outside Solaris Dutamas, the route passes the Federal Territory mosque, down the hill next to the income tax and customs offices, and across Jalan Duta into the Bukit Tunku area.
Within Bukit Tunku itself, the route is flat for about a kilometre before it rises to the top of a slope that then takes you onto a viaduct across the Mahameru Highway, whereupon the green landscape opens up to a vista of the Kuala Lumpur skyline, before snaking downhill towards the Central Bank offices.
After the Central Bank, a U-turn is made upon reaching Padang Merbuk, and the entire route is retraced, totalling just over 13 kilometres.
Running the usual Sunday route in reverse is a welcome variation, provided you are able to ignore the fact that the sights of what is usually the ‘return route’ is in fact ‘still’ the first half of your endeavour.
Ah well, if anything, it’s yet more evidence that a lot of what goes into distance running is all in the mind!