Let’s do a little trash talking – literally! Have you ever been on a beautiful run and noticed pockets of trash along the way? This happens to me almost every run and about once a month I do something about it. I hope after reading this blog you will too. This is a blog about plogging.
Don’t worry, you can close your dictionary.com tab, I’ll define plogging for you before I go any further. Plogging is the combination of picking up litter and jogging – if you want to impress your friends, plogging comes from the Swedish verbs plocka upp (pick up) and jogga (jog).
A quick Google search will tell you plogging got its start in Sweden around 2016; I will humble brag that I was ahead of my time on this trend, getting my start as a plogger in 2013. I had just secured my first post-college job located in the business district of my hometown. My student loans were coming due and parking was expensive so instead of driving, I ran to and from work every day. On those runs home, I often got discouraged by the trash along an otherwise picturesque stretch of trail. Eventually, I began picking it up. A few months later, I officially adopted the trail and committed to cleaning it up weekly. The sense of pride I got from picking up other people’s trash was almost immeasurable – one man’s trash is another woman’s trail cleaning happiness.
I continue to pick up trash on a monthly cadence. Sometimes I go on a quick walk up and down my street, other times you’ll find me with a trash bag in hand for miles along the Charles River. Plogging is a great way to improve your community, give back to nature, and diversify your exercise routine.
Plogging is also a very easy thing to incorporate into your current running regime. Just getting into running and want to start with a walk/run approach? Go plogging! Feeling unmotivated to run? Go plogging! Tired and need a good reason to take an easy day? Go plogging! Want to celebrate Earth Day every day? Go plogging!
Does plogging sound like something you want to give a try? Great! Here’s my advice to prepare you for a successful plog.
This Earth Day weekend, I hope you will join me in honoring nature by going plogging. If you post about your plogging on Instagram, tag @MarathonSports and @SauconyShadowRep and use the hashtags #PloggingDayMA and #PloggingAcrossMA so we can celebrate your accomplishments with you!