It’s that time of year again—when we tend to make resolutions and set goals for the New Year. For many of us, our goals probably have something to do with running (dare I say redemption at Speedgoat 50k this year?).
Running goals are important—they give us something to work towards, as well as celebrate when we accomplish them. However, today’s blog post is not about helping us reach our goals—it’s about encouraging us to resolve to give back to our communities and be better stewards of the environment.
Runners typically go the extra mile and already do what’s presented here (after all, many of these ideas came from my running friends), but it’s always good to have a reminder and a list to keep us accountable throughout the year.
1) Give Your Shoes a Second Life
An average runner goes through several pairs of shoes a year. Instead of letting them pile up in the back of the closest or in your garage (guilty), give your shoes a new life by donating them to a reuse program. Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program has been turning shoes (any brand) into surfaces and new products for years. Another option is donating them to Soles4Souls, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the impact and perpetuation of poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.
2) Be a Trash Collector
If you see it, pick it up and carry it out. I’ve been noticing more trash on the trail lately (gel tops and the like) and it’s hard to just run past it, so I’ve been picking it up. Most of what I spot on the ground is probably left unintentionally, but let’s make a pact to pick up any trash we see and be more conscientious with our wrappers as we’re fueling during our runs.
3) Be a Small Change Runner
Do you have a race or an adventure coming up? Join the Small Change movement, an initiative to donate money to organizations making a difference in the cities we visit for a race or adventure. It’s such an easy way to create community goodness one race at a time.
4) Skip a Race
Volunteer instead—it’s a great way to give back to the running community and experience a race in a different light. It’s also a good way to scope out a race before you run it. I’m planning on volunteering at Miwok 100k in May (and hopefully, running it in 2016). [Continue Reading]