Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 12th 2013 Contents Saturday morning, on the way
home, I counted 11 joggers.
No more than three miles, 11
people running on the pavements
of Woodbrook and on the fore-
shore shoulder and it was not
In 1977, while waiting for a job
at Port-of-Spain General and
eager to lose some of the weight
I had put on in the five years
spent in Baltimore, I began wak-
ing up at five and going to the
Savannah. Up silent Scott-Bushe
Street in the cool darkness, cross
Ariapita where it becomes Park,
Phillips past the Dairies, left onto
Tragarete, the dead sleeping
peacefully over the wall, a right
on Victoria past my old school,
Tranquillity, the concrete crum-
pling up where the tamarind tree
rose out of the pavement, and
where I was the whitest boy but
like everyone else terrified of Mr
Fredrick, proudly of Grenada, the
Exhibition class, a lovely, whip-
pery piece of guava wood and
the author of the eternal phrase,
"If you not OK, I will KO you!"
"Bratt, you OK?"
The Savannah was always
almost deserted by the time I
arrived for my walk, the most I
could do with the weight I car-
ried. As the days went by I
began to notice personalities. The
slim dark 20-something who
raced around in 20 minutes. The
mature lady followed by her
small dog who stopped every 200
yards to take a deep breath. Cou-
ple of cyclists chattering away to
each other. As the light came up
over the Laventille hills, the green
parrots overhead, always in twos,
always chattering too. The occa-
sional cough of the lion in the
zoo, hair-raising in the darkness.
But most of all, a group of
young men and women, never
more than five or six, jogging
clockwise around the Savannah.
After some weeks I attached
myself to them and began to get
involved in the intricacies of local
gossip, which continued until the
death of one of the men a couple
of years later. Prostate cancer was
not unknown then.
Another, who I have remained
close to, a BWIA pilot, and who
shall remain anonymous, took
one look at my broken-down
Adidas trainers and announced
he would bring down a "real
shoe, a Nike Air!" for me. And
so he did, white with blue
stripes. Despite all the bad pub-
licity Nike has received over
sweatshops and child labour in
South East Asia, I still fondly
remember it. It was, as my
granddaughter would later say, a
"fast shoe, Granpa!"
Since those lonely days when
the only sounds around the
Savannah came from green par-
rots and the few humans mim-
icking them below, jogging has
become serious business. At
times now the pavement around
the Savannah in the early morn-
ing comes like J Ouvert on Tra-
garete Road in the 70s and 80s
or Ariapita last night.
Whereas, at the start of the
exercise outbreak, everyone
worked the Savannah or paid
money for the privilege of walk-
ing a treadmill in a gym, of late,
runners have increasingly taken
to the streets. Not only for
leisurely exercise but every NGO
done in its name to raise money.
The variety of joggers has to be
seen to be believed, from 80-
something-year-old nannies to
ten-year-olds, from fit young
women to monstrous globs of
lard, from toned 18-year-olds to
old guys like me, everyone is jog-
Jogging is defined as slow run-
ning. There is no universally or
locally accepted definition of how
slow is slow. Real runners get real
vex if you say they jog. Their jog
might be your run. A cutoff of
eight miles an hour has been
proposed. Below that, you jog.
Above, you run.
Jogging is recreational. Play.
Running is serious. That might
be one way to separate them out.
If you are having fun running,
you are jogging. If your face is
set up and you vex because you
have to slow down for a traffic
light, you are running.
One local definition is, "if you
willing to stop for a beer, you
jogging." Or, "if you looking
good, you jogging." Full stop! One
interesting observation is that
"runners" never seem to be
"attacked." It s always a "jogger"
who is attacked. And joggers
apparently always wear head-
However you define it, people
seem to jog for pleasure and for
their health and there are many
health benefits: weight loss, bet-
ter posture, improved muscle
tone and balance, stronger bones,
increased energy and concentra-
tion (if you jog outdoors, that is).
Jogging aids in treating and pre-
venting depression (that might be
one reason why more and more
people are jogging). Heart and
lung function is improved. And
the American Cancer Society says
that jogging for at least 30 min-
utes a day for five days a week
can help in preventing cancer.
Whatever it does, the bottom
line really is that, after jogging
over the weekend, when you put
on your pants on Monday morn-
ing, it fits good, it falls nice, the
waist does not feel tight and you
Even if only in your mind.
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JOGGING IS SERIOUS BUSINESS
Since those lonely days when
the only sounds around the
Savannah came from green
parrots and the few humans
mimicking them below,
jogging has become serious
business. At times now the
pavement around the
Savannah in the early
morning comes like J'Ouvert
on Tragarete Road in the 70s
and 80s or Ariapita last
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