How to run a marathon: one step at a time

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Running used to be a pastime for Matt and Stephanie Tait.  Now they take each step with a new purpose.

"We're out here running a marathon a day, and people will say, 'Wow that's so cool.  In my own life, this is what I'm gonna do,'" said Stephanie Tait.

The pair started running in Vancouver on a trip around North America, called "A Run for One Planet."  They run a marathon every day.  At every stop they share a list of things anyone can do to help preserve our planet.  Their project is massive, but their message is simple,- doing just one thing can make a difference.

"We have a simple list of top ten environmental action steps, you know from eliminating the use of plastic bags in your life, to using green cleaners," said Tait.  "Changing the light bulbs in your house."

The RV that follows them across the continent is equipped with solar panels and other environmentally friendly features.  It's proof that they're living their own lessons.

"On a sunny day, these things draw a ton of energy," said Hill about the solar panels.  "So a lot of the time we don't have to plug in at a campsite.  As the technology is changing, these things just keep getting more and more efficient."

Inside the RV, they conserve in simpler ways.

"We have low flow water devices in the kitchen and then also in the bathroom and in the shower," said Hill.

They even keep their worn out running shoes in eco-friendly bags.  And so far that's a lot of shoes.  But they say their trip is worth it every step of the way.

"If you take the fact that Steph or I can't finish a marathon without taking our first step. It's exactly the same way with taking some action for the health of the planet," said Hill.

Tuesday, the couple will run from South Mississippi to New Orleans, just in time to ring in the new year.