By Lottie Dalziel
Plogging is taking off around the world, particularly in countries like Sweden who are miles ahead in the war on waste. Here we explain what it is and how you can get started.
So honestly, I have never been much of a runner. But I've given it a fair crack tackling some of Sydney's most iconic runs but after a year of training and over 50km clocked up in races I finally gave in and hung up my shoes for good.
One of my biggest struggles running was the mental game. When your legs hurt, you feel like there's no air left and you don't understand what a runners high really is. What's the motivation? I found mine when I discovered plogging.
So firstly the name... "plogging" is best described as plastic jogging but it is actually a mix of the Swedish words for "to jog" and "to pick up" — "plocka upp". All you need to do to get started is grab a bag and while you're running pick up the rubbish you see along the way. For me this is the best motivation because rather than focusing on my time or the pain my legs are in my eyes are constantly scanning for the next piece.
You'd be amazed at how much you'll find on your travels so make sure you take a bag and if running isn't your thing why not go for a stroll and collect as you go.
We're hosting our very first plogging event on November 18th! Join us on the Bay Run where we can all plog together! Register your interest here and let's get plogging!