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Have you heard of plogging? I’ve heard of it, but until this month, I hadn’t really done it. Sure, I’d pick up a random piece of trash here and there, but that was about it. For those of you who don’t know, plogging is the act of going on a run (or walk) and picking up litter along the way. Reported to have started in Sweden around 2016, plogging has become a worldwide phenomenon. If you’ve spent any time running or going for walks outdoors, you know what a problem this is.
My subdivision backs up to forest preserve, which for some reason translates to ‘trash receptacle’ for many people. I knew there would be plenty of trash for me to pick up along my route. The first time out I brought my son with me so he could take photos for me to post. That way, I didn’t touch my phone with my germy hands (apparently germy is not a word). For added protection, I wore gloves to protect my hands and my Knockaround sunglasses to protect my eyes. The sunglasses helped prevent any debris from getting into my eyes, and also served as a barrier from me subconsciously touching my eyes with the dirty gloves.
I was surprised (yet not surprised) to fill two bags in just over a half mile of plogging. Much of what I picked up was beer/booze cans and bottles; even a full-sized wine bottle. Seriously, it’s bad enough that people are flinging trash outside of their cars, but drinking and driving to boot. Ugh.
I continued to plog for the next couple of weeks, but with the worsening pandemic and concerns about getting sick, the focus of the campaign changed to showing love for the Earth in other ways, including posting some fun pics of us hugging trees. I was all over this, as I have a tree in my yard that has special meaning to my family and me. In case you missed it, you can check out the story on my Instagram post here.
With all the negativity going on in the world, on April 22nd, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, I decided to turn my frown upside down and get a little creative with my tree hugging. I quickly learned two things: 1) I am not as young as I used to be, and 2) my neighbors really do think I’m nuts.
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Check out my Facebook Video on how to plog while protecting yourself from germs!
How did you celebrate Earth Day this year? Have you ever plogged? Tree hugging: Yay or Nay?
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On (or off) my 2020 Race Calendar:
January 9 – 12, 2020: Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge, Orlando, FL
March 1, 2020:
Tokyo Marathon DEFERRED to 2021
March 15, 2020:
Amita Health St. Paddy’s Day Half Marathon, Bolingbrook, IL POSTPONED until September
May 2, 2020:
Cinco de Miler, Chicago, IL Gone VIRTUAL
May 23, 2020:
Soldier Field 10 Miler, Chicago, IL Gone VIRTUAL
June 21, 2010:
Wonder Woman 10K, Chicago, IL Gone VIRTUAL
July 12, 2020: Across the Bay 12K, San Francisco, CA
September 12, 2020: Run Mag Mile, Chicago, IL
October 4, 2020: Bucktown 5K, Chicago, IL
October 11, 2020: Chicago Marathon