Thursday, April 21, 2016
Five Ways Runners Can Celebrate Earth Day
Before I get started, I'm linking up with the Friday Five link up hosted by Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run. Be sure to show them some love!
Here are the best ways we runners can do our part on Earth Day and every day!
1. Run your errands
Instead of hopping in the car to go to the bank, the post office or the grocery store, put on a backpack and running shoes and run those errands. You'll most likely save time, you'll definitely save money on gas (not to mention reduce your contribution to smog) and get a great workout.
2. Pick up the trash while on the run
Bring a trash bag with you on your run and pick up the trash you see along your route. Picking up the trash you see along a short 3-mile run can make a huge difference in how your neighborhood looks. And you never know who is watching: your actions may lead to someone else picking up trash along their run or not dropping the trash on the ground in the first place. Just pop the full bag in a trash can as you finish your run and you'll be feeling good all day, inside and out.
3. Recycle your old running shoes
Old, beat up shoes are being recycled into new shoes, tracks at schools and so much more. Running stores often have bins in their stores to collect old running shoes. In addition, you can donate your shoes to non-profit organizations that send shoes to those in need all over the world, like Soles 4 Souls.
4. Walk (or run) your kids to school
Take this Earth Day as your opportunity to walk your child to school. Not only will you get a nice workout, but you'll be setting a great example of how you can easily be active without making a big deal out of it. And you may start a new routine!
5. Take your run to the trails
This one is my favorite! Take your run to the trails this Earth Day and take in the beauty of our beautiful planet. Trails offer a ton of benefits for your running, but more than that, they offer a chance for a peaceful and beautiful run.
How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day?