...but it was a great early-morning outing.
I was only due to do five miles on Sunday morning. Fortunately, with a day at work in store, I left myself plenty of time, because it ended up being a mix of running, trail-running, hiking and site-seeing!
I took the 'stairmaster' route I'd first explored in March
As I passed the river-side restaurants I'd seen on my last visit, I realised that they were now open for business. The full fish-tanks confirmed it, and a view of the dining room revealed the appeal - they were not open for breakfast however!
After the stairs, I came to this small temple - there are very many of these around the area. This one has a drawbridge blocking the back stairs and was looking very pretty indeed in the early sunshine.
A little further on, there were more stunning views.
That's when the running started to get a bit derailed. I ended up on some narrow and steep trails and a little uncertain of whether I needed to go back the way I came, or could find a loop. I came to one of the ubiquitous sets of exercise equipment, but this was very extensive and included a small obstacle course:
Above that, at the top, was a viewing platform:
With, as you might expect, some rather good views!
It all took nearly twice as long as a five mile run should, but I think it was quite effective on its own terms!