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Eco-Running: Running for Good

We're all looking for more reasons to get out there and run. Sometimes, oddly enough, our health doesn't always make the cut at 8:00 am on a Saturday morning. What about doing it for the environment?

I've heard about Eco-Running in the past, but all this time I thought it had to do with running barefoot, something I am just not willing to do. In actuality eco-Running has nothing to do with what you're wearing and its principals are this: While you are out running, collect the trash that you find along the pathways, roads and trails. Stay on the move if possible -- Try to maintain your running motion while bending down to pick up the trash. Practice makes perfect! Get loads of more information at

I for one, love this idea. It's so easy to keep a plastic bag with you. Sure, if you're training for a race, maybe it's not the best training method, but if you're just running to run, why not pick up some trash?

Thanks to Diet-Blog for pointing Eco-Running out!


mhall mhall 9 years
Love the whole eco-running concept. For those who run, may I suggest checking out Atayne. It's a running company coming out with running shirts made from 100% recycled materials - pretty cool. I see trash along hiking trails all the time and wish I brought a bag to do some clean up. I'm definitely going to try and remember to do so next time I'm out running or hiking. Even if you pick up something in each hand and carry it out, it's a step in the right direction. Imagine if everyone did that! We really need to think that unless we start to do more (and litter less), many of these place won't be around or will be closed off to the public.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i try to do that when i go hiking in the backcountry, but i haven't elsewhere, i'm afraid. i should bring a bag or something with me and remember to do so! thanks for the reminder to clean up !
MissLee82 MissLee82 10 years
I think it is a great idea! I mean I won't pick up anything nasty...but I will do as much as I can to help! :)
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
That's actually a nice idea, but I don't think I can do it while running with a hyperactive dog.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
It sounds weird. No thanks.
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