Posted by Beckie
I'm the lifestyle editor of a newspaper here, which means I can say with authority that the culture of outdoor sports in this city is meager at best. Beirut has one annual marathon – which happens to be in 10 days – so it’s about this time of year that there’s a massive push for outdoor physical activity, something that quickly peters out by the end of November and near-daily downpours begin.
Throughout the rest of the year, people run in public in only one place. It’s along the stretch of city that abuts the Mediterranean Sea. Oh, why would anyone ever complain about that, you ask? Because the highest concentration of spandex attracts the highest concentration of oglers. I’d prefer to stay fat on my couch than get hissed at like a timid cat.
But I'm convinced that outdoor, independent exercise around this city is possible.
So I'm dedicating these posts to my search for ways to use this very hilly city to get fit, even if it means raising the eyebrows of my neighbors and having gatherings of hookah smokers and neighborhood vigilantes giggling and cat-calling as I run by.