We are always looking for Friends of Fit Planet to share their news and views about the intersection of the environment and their athletic pursuits. So FitPlanet is delighted to introduce Sandra Laflamme (AKA Organic Runner Mom) who will be writing a monthly Green Fit Tip and sharing her musings on what it means to be an Athlete for a Fit Planet.
I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia but now call Northern New Hampshire my home. Even though I moved here 12 years ago, I am still considered a “flatlander,” a transplant to the beautiful mountainous Franconia Notch region of the White Mountains. But I don’t mind the label. I am happily married to an organic egg farmer who grew up here, and we are lucky to be raising our two small children in what I think is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
While I loved growing up near a big city, I have adapted to the quiet lifestyle of the Connecticut River Valley. And somewhere in the process I became a runner.
I run for myself and my own peace of mind. But I also relish training with the many talented athletes who live in the North Country of New Hampshire and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
One of the benefits of running here is the amazing environment. The terrain is varied, everything from gentle rolling hills, to giant rocky mountain trails, to scenic country roads. The air is fresh, the views are sweeping, and the landscape in many areas is untouched.
Living amidst all this natural beauty has made me appreciate the importance of environmental stewardship. It has made me an Athlete for a Fit Planet.
Green Fit Tip
Explore new trails and routes close to home. Save the miles in your car and put the miles on your shoes or bike instead. It is often easy to overlook the great training opportunities that may await right out in the “door-yard” (a New England colloquialism that means the front yard).
Right behind my house there is a vast outdoor playground of snow mobile trails that I have never explored on foot. This summer I plan to put on my trail shoes and head out the back door and up the mountain. The new trails right near my home will not only keep my running fresh but will help cut down on my carbon footprint.
So get out there and choose your own “green” adventure and stay close to home.
Organic Runner Mom
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