As runners, we consume a lot of everything. We experience “runger” as our miles pick up, so our grocery list becomes longer. We drive to group runs on weekends, using more gas in our vehicles and we fly to destination races. We go through shoes like candy. We do a lot of laundry. We shower more — maybe, I’m not speaking for everyone. At races we ditch Dixie Cups by the thousand. We runners use a lot of stuff. In general, when we run we need extra clothes, food, water, gear, and transportation.
If you’re at all environmentally inclined like I am, the use of all this extraneous stuff might leave you wondering how you can reduce the impact your running has on the planet. How can we become greener runners? Read on!