The year-end holiday season was a good time to explore parks outside my usual haunts – and just to be a tourist in my own city (even if it was a little crazy to be running in the tropical heat and humidity at 1pm in the middle of town!)
KLCC Park was the venue of my mid-day run just before lunch on a sweltering weekday just before Christmas. The route – generally a mix of a jogging track and paved surfaces – is well-maintained, lined with trees and gently undulating, with good views of the city’s well-known landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers.
It was holiday season, and the park was brimming with tourists trying to get the best angle of the Twin Towers on their cameras and smartphones, and office workers doing lunch-hour brisk-walks (I wondered how one particular fellow was able to withstand multiple rounds in a long-sleeved shirt and tie and hardly breaking a sweat!).
Children were splashing around in a wading pool while their parents watched, probably wondering how they got conned into an outing that would leave their entire brood sunburnt and demanding multiple rounds of ice-cream after.
I had a good run, though I realised had unfortunately chosen a time of the day when most people would take their cigarette breaks, as I would run into unseen clouds of smoke from time to time.
4 rounds and a little more around the circuit brought me to 5K, and a completely empty water-bottle.
I decided that that was enough of the mid-day madness, and promptly retreated into the Suria KLCC mall for lunch.