In observance of Earth Day this week, I wanted to write a daily post on habits I've adapted to be kinder to the Earth.
Some years ago I came across intense images that instantly piqued my interest and I clicked on to learn more. The first one was something like this one. Seeing a man rowing through a sea of trash was incredibly sad, but humans suffering because of our own foolishness actually wasn't enough to get me to change my habits.
After that, I started to see the trash in the albatross' belly all around me. While I've always had no doubt that running is great for the body, I've come to feel that running races is not so good for the earth, and that's a shame. For a sport that supposedly requires nothing to participate in, we sure do leave a huge ecological footprint.
I don't know what I can do about the empty Gu's, shot block wrappers, and plastic cups that are discarded all over the streets at a race.
Use fuel alternatives such as "real food" instead of the goo's and gels that are ubiquitous in the running community. This is actually a non-issue for me in 2016 since this is my Year of the 5K. But for the 2015 LA Marathon I fueled every single training run with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches wrapped in paper and stuffed in my hydration belt. (It was comical how envious everybody was watching me eat my sandwiches while they tried to force down more Gu.)
Say no to the bags of chips and other food cr*p given away at the end of the race. Save your post-race food reward for a great meal in a memorable restaurant instead.
Do my part to help clean up the beach, where the trash is in direct route to the sea.
And teach my kid how easy it really is to avoid adding to the mess by bringing our reusable containers when we're out.
For the rest of the week I'll be posting more of my successes and challenges with reducing our trash in our everyday lives!