Happy Earth Day!
Can you believe this is 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! This movement began in 1970, with over 20 million Americans lending a hand to help make positive changes to environmental policies and protections.
Go For A “Plog”
Plogging is the act of picking up litter while jogging. The trend started in Sweden in 2016, and by 2018, had spread to other countries. It’s a shame that, in today’s day and age, people still feel the need to toss their trash in places other than the garbage bin, but here we are. Obviously, plogging isn’t for speedwork days, but during your less intense workouts, it would be great to tuck a (reusable) bag into and gloves into a pocket, and work on picking up discarded cups, bottles, cans, and whatever else you may find. This would be the perfect way to honor Earth Day (and please remember to wash your hands really well, especially now!)
Say “No” To Plastic Race Bags
I know we’re not racing at the moment, but when we do, consider the choices at bib pickup. For events with lots of swag, organizers usually hand out some kind of bag, and many times, it’s a single-use shopping type bag. The good news is that a lot of races are either skipping the bag altogether, or offering something like a branded string or tote bag, which can be reused. If I’m not sure, I bring my own, to contain my shirt, bib, safety pins, and assorted goodies.
Hydrate With Reusable Items
It’s so easy to grab a water or gatorade bottle for your run, and then dispose of it. Recycling is fine, but even better is moving to reuseable cups, bottles, handhelds, and even straws when you can. Some events are going entire cupless, encouraging runners to bring their own handhelds or hydration packs. This helps to eliminate unnecessary plastics and waste, and is a fabulous way to give back, especially on Earth Day.
Try Run- (Or Bike-) Commuting
If you live close enough to your work, gym, or even grocery store, you might want to leave your car in the driveway and run to get there and back again. I do admit that it’s a tough sell in Florida, where the heat and humidity would make it necessary to have a shower waiting for you at your professional destination, but you never know what you might be able to work out. I always loved taking my bike to the store to pick up a few items at the store, or even to walk to get coffee or lunch when the weather is nice. Driving is great, but it’s also great to stretch our legs and cut back on some exhaust.
Donate Your Old Running Shoes
There’s no question that runners go through shoes at record speeds. Of course, it’s also true that shoes aren’t yet made entirely of biodegradable materials, so when they have outlived their usefulness to us, tossing them means they just sit in a landfill. Shoe donations, however, changes the picture a little. Most local running stores accept shoe donations. You can even donate at certain races or events.
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What are ways you can celebrate Earth Day as a runner?