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.
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.
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.
Meatless Monday – Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands
Tuesday Topics Linkup – KookyRunner and Zenaida
Running Coaches Corner – Coach Debbie Runs, Train with Marc, and Crazy Running Girl
Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness
Weekly Run Down Link Up – Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim Runs On The Fly.