Do not be that person. Do not be that runner. Do not be the guy who sheds his gu packets all over central park, the gal who tosses a Poland springs bottle smack in the middle of her local trails, the runner who drops shit all over like they are leaving a trail, do not be them, love your mother… your mother earth.
Everyone knows a that person, that runner. The litter bug, a trash throwing – habitual plastic water bottle drinking – resource wasting meanie to the planet. You know the one who throws their gu packets and other wrappers all over the street and or refuses to use a reusable water bottle. Maybe you are that person, if so… lets change that.
Let’s get real for a second, everyone knows littering is bad, everyone knows we need to be ‘nicer to the planet’ I know some of you may be thinking … what the hell does that even mean? or ‘whatever it’ll take years to destroy the planet’ WRONG! I’m not here to go on an environmentalist rant or pull out my recycling police badge, I’m here as a runner who cares about the planet and is sick of seeing runners contribute to the problem. Face it people, if we continue to treat the planet with disrespect we as runners will be forced to run inside on dread-tread mills a lot more, maybe even always… EEEK! Why? Between horrible storms, the aftermath of the storms, and crazy weather (like the cold temps in California and the crazy hot summers) it’ll be too dangerous to go outside and then the air will pretty much become toxic. NYC Marathon 2018 featuring hazmat suits and treadmills! Maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit but you get the point.
I’m sick of seeing trash on the streets, a candy bar wrapper and a McDonald’s cup is normal, not ok but normal to see. When I see gu packets and a honey stinger wrappers I know that came from you – not from some chubby guy in a 1990’s Toyota. So what can we as runners do? A lot! and a few minor changes can go a long way.
Get a reusable water bottle and encourage your running buddies to get one too! Not the kind to bring to the office, one that you can carry on your runs … make sure you get one that is BPA free so you don’t accidentally poison yourself. Plus side of this? Usually reusable water bottles (for running) are more convenient than carrying a Poland spring bottle, if you live under a rock or are new to running they made handheld bottles with pockets and belts that the bottles lock into.
STOP Littering. Don’t be one of those douche bag runners who throws their cups, gu packets and or anything all over the streets and especially not on trails. If you see a fellow runner doing it give them the stink eye or call them out on it, when put on the spot or made to feel guilty most people will pick up their trash. I’m not talking about tossing a cup right near a water station, I think you are supposed to throw cups on the ground there… I’m talking about 1/2 mile from the water station where no one is there to clean up after you, on your local street and on trains. Please for the love of coffee stop littering on trails!
Save or Donate your old sneakers. Save them for things like walking the dog or doing yard work – If you’ll use them. If not DONATE – as long as they are not falling apart or crazy stinky – To a local shelter or goodwill. If you are part of a running club host a donation party or something fun like that. If that is not cool enough for you to just donate to a local establishment Soles4Souls is a great organization and Nike has a reuse a shoe program.
The same goes for your old gear, DONATE IT… as long it’s not permanently stinkafied, filled with holes or falling apart. Maybe it’s the wrong size or the color doesn’t suit your aura anymore give it to someone else, a running buddy, local run club, they goodwill, a shelter, or a local hospital. Of course if it smells like a dirty hot gym and has holes in it toss it, no need to be super gross.
BOTTOM LINE: Keep your trash off the darn street and stop throwing away perfectly good gear.