I have a sport-loving group of friends here in Taipei, and a bunch of them sign up and complete the Taipei 101 Run Up every year. They asked me if I was interested last year and I thought: oh God no, I don’t wanna torture myself! Then somehow I had the realization at the beginning of 2018, that this year I actually need to do it. This is my last year living in Taiwan – and I am also someone who loves not only sports but challenges in life- so it would be the perfect way to say farewell to the city that has been my home for almost three years.
So I convinced my girls to do it with me (luckily it was super easy) and off we went! I tried to train for it in the weeks leading up to the race, and tried to research tips and tricks for these kind of races as well. So even though I couldn’t train as many times as I had wanted to, I arrived to the skyscraper on the day of the race feeling quite prepared.
Our experience with the start of the race was so so typical! There were hundreds of people participating, so it took quite a while for everyone to have their number called to go – and we weren’t even in the same groups. When we finished with checking in and having our medial test, the group of Ericka, who was the earliest amongst the three of us was still not called, so we decided to go on a little chocolate adventure. We felt we needed a little extra energy so went to the nearby supermarket to find some chocolate. When we arrived back to the queue we found out Ericka’s number already left and mine was coming very soon. So we basically ran into the building, she went up straight away and I also only had to line up for a little bit before I could start. This way I didn’t even have much time to think about being nervous, it all went so fast!
And I gotta say – it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be! I mean of course, it was challenging, but differently from my expectations. I expected my legs to start burning and o get tired and shaky, but they were just fine! My biggest problem was the heat and awful air quality inside. When you have hundreds of people walking and running upstairs in a closed space that is kind of expectable, but still, it made the run so much harder. It was hard to breathe and it was very hot – so everytime we heard one of those big AC units coming, it was a great relief! I stopped about 3-4 times to get water and catch my breath for a moment, but in the end I completed the race in 28 minutes! Not bad for the first time!
Ericka was already waiting for me at the end and took a short video of me arriving up 🙂 Then we waited for Ksenia to come as well and just took our time to rest a bit, appreciate the view and take some pictures. We were so hot, so thirsty and so tired ~ but it was so worth it! It was an amazing experience that I will remember ofr a lifetime and I couldn’t be happier to have done it alongside my girls. Afterwards we treated ourselves to pizza and coffee ~ because when would you deserve it more than after running up 91 floors?!
I made a vlog about that day that you can see above if you are interested 🙂 I tried to capture as much as I could, I hope it will be enjoyable to watch! This day definitely got me thinking about participating in more similar events ~ as a starter, there will be one in Vienna in September that is parto f the same Tower Running challenge world championship series. So who knows, we might have a little reuinon doing that 😉 So stay tuned!