In case you didn’t know it, today is Earth Day. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 20, 1970 (the same year I was born, gah!) and has been growing in scope ever since! I don’t talk about my “big girl” job much on the blog, but I actually work for a company in the water conservation/pollution prevention field. So, it seems appropriate to relate my Friday Five to Earth Day.
- Stop using bottled water – There are plenty of options for runners to use while running. You know I love my Amphipod handheld and use it all the time. And if your house is anything like mine, the reusable water bottles seem to reproduce overnight, so use one of those instead for your daily hydration.
- Eat local – we all know runners are always hungry. Run over to the farmer’s market and buy yourself a locally grown snack. It’s likely to be fresher in addition to being better for the environment than that piece of fruit shipped in from the other side of the country.
- “Run” or walk your errands – I know not everyone has this option, but if Americans left their cars parked and walked more places, we’d all be healthier, including Mother Earth.
- Hang dry your running clothes – This is will actually make them last longer anyways as the heat in dryers is hard on wicking fabrics. Give them (and the environment) a break and hang them to dry.
- Skip your shower – OK, I admit, your loved ones might not appreciate this one if you run today. But maybe you could take a shorter one or skip it if it’s your rest day.