Exercise and Go Green

October 1, 2008 at 6:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In recent weeks I have tried to pick up the pace a bit.  I am preparing to participate in the Komen 3-Day event in early November, walking 60 miles over three days, to raise funds to find a cure for breast cancer.  So I have been walking and jogging more often and for longer distances, to get in shape.

The weather has certainly cooperated in recent weeks, making the exercise easier.  But as I have jogged around my neighborhood, I frequently have noticed trash, cans and bottles lying on the side of the road.

As it happens, today was recycling day in our area, so many of the neighbors had their green bins out at the street.  So as I jogged along, I would pick up a water bottle here, a soda can there, a sports drink bottle, then a beer can, and drop them in the recycling bins as I jogged past.  I kept count, and five miles later, by the time I made it back to my house, I had recycled 24 different cans and bottles.

Now, it is impractical to try to carry all of those back to my house every time I exercise.  But on recycling days, it is an easy thing to accomplish.  If every walker and jogger in north Texas did the same, every time the recycling bins are out, our cities would be much cleaner.

Of course, it would be better still, if litterers didn’t trash our streets in the first place.  Don’t Mess with Texas!

Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock


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