So, who else is out running in pollution?
For those of you who live in Delhi, you already know how toxic our air is.
For people who don’t know this city…well, sad to say, Delhi now has the dubious honour of being the most polluted city in the planet.
Yah boo sucks Beijing!
For those of us who live here, exercise here, for all of us who simply live a normal life here which means stepping out of our homes, damn it, what is the solution?
Our local government is going to impose odd/even number plate rules in the New Year, and good luck to them. A drop in the ocean and, one suspects, a very difficult drop to manage.
I accept that deliberately going out in our filthy air may well be counter productive, but as I just said, what are we to do? Stay indoors until winter is over? Shades of My Fair Lady there:
“All I want is a room somewhere
Far away from the cold night air
I would never budge till spring
Crept over me window sill.”
In my case, as I prepare for my first ever full marathon (in a state bordering on pure panic, let me add) I have no option but to go out and run. I suppose I could buy a treadmill and run for three hours indoors but actually, no, thank you very much. Can’t think of anything more boring.
So out into those polluted streets I must go.
Luckily, since I am completely vela (jobless) I can choose to run later in the day when the sun has, one is told,dissipated some of the pollutants, although that effect is then of course offset by the increased traffic.
So I suspect it’s pretty much a case of 6 of one and half a dozen of the other.
But when you look at the figures for my bits of Delhi, recorded yesterday afternoon when the sun is at its strongest and exactly when I headed out to run…well, it doesn’t hold out much hope, now, does it?
I run in my Vogmask as much as I can.
I avoid going out as much a I can.
I am not running as much as I should/would like to.
It’s a pretty crummy quality of life at the moment here, to be honest.