A rotten Run


I went running for nearly 12 Km in Amman today. I feel good! The down side of the run was to see how Jordanians are not taking care of their nature – or a bit more general – they don’t take care of their own living environment. I ran in a park with forest called Sport City and was appalled to see that much littering and destructions. The park itself is nice and offers much opportunities (and the only true opportunity in Amman) to run in a “natural” environment. But it seems that people do not appreciate this place. In some places the city itself is littered and so does Sport City. In the forest there is a track that nearly gives you 2 km per lap. If you run on the asphalt and go all around the inside perimeter you can make it to 3 km. If you combine all roads and take all loops you could increase your distance to 8 km (just a guess). Continue reading

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One possible reason for not running!


I am in Jordan every now and then. You can expect from me, that I look at the population through a runners eye. I believe that if a society is conducting Sport but practice Running in particular on a regular base, that such a nation nurture higher values of carrying for once own life. Some time ago I cam a cross a Study by the EU – let me try to remember that. The study was looking at citizens from age 50 and above. I can’t remember if it was EU wide or by Country, but it showed that elder citizens where conducting Sport – in particular Running/Jogging at least three times per week year through. Another figure I have come across was, that the German speaking part of Europe has something like 18-20% of the population that is running on a regular base. Continue reading