There is a trail run in Pokhara, a popular tourist destination, in December, so I decided to start training. Unlike Bangkok, Kathmandu offers lots of hilly terrain for training, so I went up into the hills on the recommendation of a fellow runner. My trail would start at the Kopan Monastery and end at a helipad just 2.2 km away. Easy, right? No.
I quickly realized that I wasn’t acclimated enough to do hard-core running at 4,600 feet. However, the view was nice.
A passing motorcyclist told me I had taken a wrong turn and my road was going nowhere, so I doubled back and found a nicely paved road leading steeply uphill to the helipad. Courageously, I decided “F*** this” and I took the road downhill which was easier, but messy. The dogs I saw at the end of the run had had the right idea all along.