Nature is gift and we
need to be grateful for what we often take for granted daily.
Running is a great way to find peace and harmony with nature and
it's also a wonderful opportunity to help preserve our local
I'm disappointed when I talk to
people about global warming and environmental conservation and they
say that since they can't solve it, they don't see any point in
trying. This defeatist attitude will never help. If
everyone did their part, collectively we could make a difference.
Running has made me
aware of the trash on the sides of the road and the need for all of
us to take PERSONAL responsibility for keeping these our environment clean.
Some tips I have found to do my part
(and I hope you'll do yours):
On an easy run when time isn't a
factor, you can pick up and carry four cans or fill a drink cup
with trash and carry it home for disposal (yes, your neighbors
may think you are nuts but they are nuts for ignoring this mess)
Literally RUN your errands to reduce
your carbon imprint on our environment. I often run
downtown to vote, mail a letter, buy a roll of stamps, register
for various organizations, have a cup of coffee, or to visits a
friend or relative. "Running" these errands gives you the
opportunity to fit a run into an already busy schedule and it
saves the wasted driving time outside of the errand and then
having to find the time to get out and run. It just takes
a little pre-planning.
outside of the box and come up with ways to use running as part
or all of your commute. If work is close (under 5 miles)
consider running to/from work. For distances over 5 miles,
consider running home from work, sleep, then run back the next
day. It takes a little pre-planning
by having a towel and soap, a change of clothes, and it helps to
have a shower at work. Your body will remember and string
together two training runs done within 24 hours so you can
accomplish a long run
done, save gas, reduce your carbon imprint, and it's less stress on the body
for marathon training. I have done back to back 11 milers
and the return 11 miler FEELS like a 22 mile training run.
Nike Recycling Center
26755 S.W. 95th Avenue
Wilson, OR 97070
Another option is to donate
shoes in good shape to
Shoes for Africa.
This organization distributes used running shoes to runners and
school children in Africa.
For additional "green"
information, the following websites offer other ways to
These are only a few of the
resources on the web for energy and environmental conservation.
I hope you will join me
in being "green"