Well, this one of of my most interesting runs. With a light snow falling, I ran to the Forbidden City, where apparently, it is not forbidden to run inside. I ran through 3 "great halls: and then took a left and came out under the "Mao" picture. Despite running at a decent clip, the street merchants stayed right with my bargaining for gloves, scarves, and a fur-covered Mao hat. After a quarter mile, I got the Mao hat for 15 yuan. I then went through security and then ran around the Tianamen Square where many of the locals gave me a thumbs-up and encouragement. I think I heard someone yell "Run Forest, run" in Chinese. I circled back through the forbidden city and back to the hotel. I was concerned about getting lost, but someone said to just keep Mao on the left, and you will be all set.
Posted by Joe McDonald