Running Shoes Can Go a Long Way Even After You Hang Them Up
Q. Do you know of anywhere in the D.C. metro area that collects used tennis/running shoes for recycling? I hate to see the materials used in them end up in a landfill. I know that Nike offers a recycling service, but you have to mail the shoes in, and I'd like to avoid the fuel/energy costs of shipping the shoes across the country to Oregon.
A. The truly green option would be to run them all the way to Oregon, but that's perhaps more of a commitment to eco-living than you were ready for. And it would create a heck of a lot more shoes to be recycled. So how about Silver Spring or Arlington instead?
The running store Pacers ( http:/
"We get them beehives, water pumps, all the things a farmer needs. We teach them to grow enough to feed themselves and manage their resources," explains Jim Riordan, who leads the program. (For all of the drop-off spots, see http:/
If you're worried your old pairs are dumpster-bound, then stick with the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe program ( http:/
I'm 17. I was in pretty good shape in the fall, when I was on the cross-country team. But I didn't do a winter or spring sport and haven't run in six months. How should I start up again? Should I run two minutes and walk two minutes, for 30 minutes, for example? Or try to run as long as I can (probably about 10 minutes) before walking? Or should I work out on an elliptical machine for a couple of weeks in order to get my stamina up before trying to run?
Of the many splendid things about being 17, the best is that if you wanted to run a marathon tomorrow you probably could. You think you're feeling out of shape now? Wait 10 years, don't exercise for six months and then get back to me.
If you had never run before, or were a particularly inactive kid, the walk/run technique would be a good starting point. It's the same deal with the elliptical, especially if you were say, 38, and feeling sorer than you used to. But as a cross-country vet, you can push yourself a bit harder.
Cricket Batz, one of the directors for RunningWorks ( http:/
Do that four times this week. Then next week, up your distance to a mile and a half for those four runs. Continue to add gradually, and keep a log of your runs so you can make sure you're not overdoing it, Batz says. Scale back if you're hurting. In a month or so, you can add speed work and hill drills. Eight weeks in, you'll be ready to join that cross-country team again.