As many of you know, Ryan and I are big into running, and are used to going about four times per week. Since arriving here, we have been busy learning the ropes at the guesthouse, adjusting to the heat, and settling in. Today was our first chance to try out running in Haiti.
If you have seen our video, you know that traffic here is crazy, and even walking without getting knocked off the road into the water/sewage-filled trench is a challenge. So we decided to stay in our little “gated” neighborhood for our first run. It was quite an adventure. The roads are all rocks and stones – big and small – and you feel like you’re on a rugged trail where you have to watch every step so as not to twist your ankle.
There are dogs everywhere, many barking like crazy as you go by. Most of them were inside the gate of their house, but there are many strays walking around as well. We forgot our pepper spray today, but will for sure bring it next time. We went to turn down one dead-end road and a rooster was staring at us, so we decided to go another way. There are many more roosters crowing everywhere to add to the sound-track.
There are lots of avocado, mango, coconut, and banana trees around, which hang over the road and often drop their fruit unexpectedly. Luckily we were not hit today.
Since “going running” is not a common thing here, the Haitian people just kind of look at you like you’re crazy. We just smiled and said “Bonjour.” (It also didn’t help that my shoe laces are neon yellow, and Ryan’s are neon orange.)
Thankfully our GPS watch actually worked here! So we only ended up going 2 miles, circling the neighborhood many times, but it was a good start. Since we still don’t quite know how to get around yet, everything still kind of looks the same, and we didn’t really know where we were during the run. When we hit 2 miles, we had just passed our house, but didn’t even know it until we looked more closely. 😀
This was for sure a run for our record books.
**** Update ****
Here is the route and run statistics.