Earth Day Tips – How to be an eco-conscious runner

Earth Day Tips – How to be an eco-conscious runner

My picture perfect run where I could get lost with myself and my thoughts and just BE would be on a trail or a beach run. I don’t get too many chances to run on the beach, but I am lucky to have an abundance of trails just 15min drive from me. How can I as a runner protect and take care of the trails? Sharing some tips for Earth Day on how to be an eco-conscious runner.

Leave it better than you find it

Did you know that there is a momentum to pick up one piece of trash a run (when you see it)? The term “Plogging” comes from combining the word “jogging” with “plocka upp”, which is Swedish for “pick up.” (Why is Swedish the go-to for running words – Fartlek, anyone?) Peter Maksimow, outreach and partnership specialist of the American Trail Running Association, started a Colorado Springs-based group, Pikes Peak Ploggers, that’s dedicated to “plogging” while running, the trails of Pikes Peak.

Atlanta Trail Running
“Main Street” at Sope Creek Trail system in Atlanta – a hidden oasis just 5min walk from civilization

Use reusable water bottles

One for the run and one for everyday life. Two thirds of disposable plastic bottles are never recycled. If they are incinerated, they release toxic fumes.

Tokyo Marathon
My new favorite 8oz bottle – easy to slip into my pockets!

Donate old running shoes

Many local running stores (and some races) have collection bins where you can donate your old running shoes. Organizations like Souls4Souls and One World Running will take your “gently worn” old shoes give them a second chance at life by giving them to those in need.

Give back by volunteering at a Trail work Day

The river I run next to holds cleaning efforts to keep the river clean for trails and waterways. We recently had Sweep the Hooch event that plenty of us attended.

Did you do anything specific on Earth day?
What are some things that you do to be eco-conscious while running?


These are some of the weekly linkups hosted by great bloggers. Check out some of the posts in the linkups.

First Saturday of each month –Confessions of a Mother Runner and Coco at Got2Run4Me for The Ultimate Coffee Date.

Monday
Meatless Monday – Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands
Tuesday
Tuesday Topics Linkup – KookyRunner and Zenaida

Wednesday
Running Coaches Corner – Coach Debbie RunsTrain with Marc, and Crazy Running Girl 

Friday
Fridays with  Fairytales and Fitness
Sunday
Weekly Run Down Link Up  – Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim Runs On The Fly.

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  • These are great ideas. Along with #!, while it should go without saying, DON’T toss your used gels on the ground–there’s no excuse for that!

  • Kimberly

    I really love the idea of Plogging and I want to do it with my running group sometime soon.
    I’m a firm believer in using reusable watter bottles. I have a few so that i can always have one handy 🙂

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