That was the question I got asked most during a tour of the 2000 Vancouver International Marathon’s elite athlete reception that my elite running friend from Nova Scotia, Smartex Tambala, had taken me to out of his kindness. To be fair, a lot of the elite marathoners in that room got asked that as well, almost like the standard greeting to ask to start conversations, but the reception wasn’t just for the elite athletes. It was also for their friends, family, and other guests, of whom I was one courtesy of Smartex. However, I seemed to have looked the part enough at 5’2″ and about 102 pounds that the other elite athletes risked being wrong about me not being one, rather than potentially insult me by assuming I wasn’t elite athlete material. It’s been the only instance in my life where I had been presumed that way rather than the opposite. And as ridiculous as the question was for me at the time, peaking at maybe half of that mileage weekly, it stayed on my mind long enough to be a psychological itch I ultimately had to try and physically scratch.
Below is a video showing my newly retired adidas adizero Boston running shoes, after 1000.5 miles of service.
Food miles is a nice concept for awareness, but a meaningless and impractical ideal to believe in for eating local. Eat local for the economy, not the environment. It doesn’t sound as “romantic”, to idealize something for money rather than for the Earth. However, you’re likely idealizing something you wouldn’t be able to prove to be true.
For Earth Day 2010, I made a pledge to eat better. By “better”, I meant healthier and better for the environment. Translated that meant better quality food and more locally grown. However, I wasn’t going to die for it, as oxymoronic as that may sound. After all, by eating food that don’t have what I need, I’d be shortening my lifespan if allowed to live out on health alone, so I was implying I’d rather die for bad food than good food. What I was committing to was a practical lifestyle change rather than something extreme.
This is the first of many installments I hope to blog about changes I have incorporated into my life towards my Earth Day 2010 pledge to eat better.
Happy Earth Day to you,
Happy Earth Day to you,
Happy Earth Day dear reader,
Happy Earth Day to you!
What are you going to do,
To keep sea and sky blue,
To reduce your C-O-2,
To be green the year through?
HAPPY EARTH DAY, EVERYBODY!