Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockarounds to promote Plogging for Earth Day as a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.
My Original Plan was to Celebrate Earth Day
My original plan was to double-down on my usual plogging efforts. I was off and running to the beach, trails, city sidewalks, parks, and streets of my neighborhood.
Why? 'Cause it's a nice way to say thanks to Mother Earth. And this year is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! And, every so often I find interesting souvenirs.
Back Up a Minute -- What Exactly is Plogging?
Plogging is easy: it's the simple act of picking up trash while running. It began in Sweden, and quickly spread around the world. It's an excellent way to reduce the impact of plastics on our environment while getting a work out.
I've been plogging for as long as I've been running. When I see an abandoned wrapper or plastic bottle, I stash it in my pocket. Then, I toss it into the next available recycle bin or trash can.
That's why when Knockaround challenged me to celebrate Earth Day by plogging this April, I was all in! But then, COVID-19 changed the plogging landscape.
Plogging During COVID-19
By mid-March, the items I saw during my solo runs began to change. Gloves — lots of blue and purple gloves — and protective face masks. I decided to put my bare-handed, pocket-stashing plogging on hold. I needed plogging protective wear.
Can You Plog During a Pandemic?
Safety First — ALWAYS!
If you go out for a run for your mental and physical well-being you don't want to come back with a virus. (Insert Mom Voice: Use common sense while plogging so you don't catch or spread the Corona Virus.)
If you're stretching your legs in your neighborhood and see trash — pick it up only while wearing gloves or using a grabber. When you get home, throw your gloves, bag, and clothes into a hot, soapy wash cycle. Disinfect your grabber.
If Plogging Feels Risky Now, Try It Later
If plogging feels risky now, try it when COVID-19 is in our rear view mirror. It's always a good time to pick up trash and keep plastics out of our environment. Keep it in mind, and give it a try when daily life returns to normal.
If you don't want to plog, may I suggest you find a tree-filled trail or walkway and soak in the beauty? Gratitude is always a safe activity!
Wash Your Hands, Again!
Go ahead. Wash them again and use lots of soap and friction. Follow the advice from the World Health Organization on proper hand-washing.
WHO advises that washing your hands properly takes as long as singing "Happy Birthday" twice. Use their images below as a guide for good technique.
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It's no secret that I love Knockaround sunglasses. A big part of my affection for the company comes from their creativity. There is always something fresh and fun going on!
Keep reading for a creative project you can use, and some soothing new shades released this week. Both will brighten your day — and protect your eyes.
#ColorYourKnocks White Fort Knocks Sunnies
Knockaround wants you to use a pair of matte white Moonshine Fort Knocks (v. 1.0) as a canvas for your creativity! How? They'll include a 24-pack of Sharpie markers in your order.
It's the perfect #socialdistancing project! Take your time and color your shades, then wear them when you take a walk around your block for your daily dose of sunshine. Use these UV400 shades to express your inner artist!
Don't forget to show off your design. Take a pic in your shades and use #ColorYourKnocks on your social channels. Can't wait to see more designs!
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Me, too. Let's do it in style with these soothing Namaste Shades! Released yesterday, I think they're gonna sell out fast.
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Free Shipping on All Orders for a Limited Time
Knockaround is shipping orders as fast as possible, but expect a slight delay.
I just updated all the race info on the Race Discounts page. If a race has a new date, it's listed with the original and in the new month. Cancellations, postponements, new dates, and other information is listed in green next to the race name.
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Need Help Staying Motivated After a Race Cancellation? Consider the FitnessBank Step Challenge with Des Linden
If you're sad because your race was cancelled, here's another option for you. #StepWithDes
Disclaimer: I received a gift card in exchange for promoting the FitnessBank Step Challenge as a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.
Join Des' Spring Step Challenge: April 1 to May 31
Fitness Bank partnered with Des Linden for a Step Challenge so non-elite runners could workout (virtually) with Des Linden as she trained for her Boston Marathon.
The Boston Marathon, postponed until September 14th, isn't the only race that isn't happening. If you're an enthusiastic racer, your Spring races are cancelled or postponed, too.
You may be asking yourself, "now what?" and "How can you stay motivated?" I know I am.
Well, this step challenge is one way you can stay motivated without a race on your calendar. Keep reading to learn how to join.
Download the Free FitnessBank App
To track your miles and see how Des Linden trains, download the FitnessBank Step Tracker App
before April 1. The app syncs to your Garmin, FitBit, Apple Health or Google Fit tracker.
You don’t have to open a Fitness Bank account to participate in the Challenge or Groups. The fitness tracker app is 100% FREE.
The FREE FitnessBank Step Tracker App is available in the App Store and Google Play.
Join the Challenge
Once in the app, under FitnessBank Challenges to find DES' SPRING STEP CHALLENGE. (See graphic below.) Select the challenge and join!
You'll see your name listed with all the other members of the challenge group.
The challenge doesn't officially start until April 1st, so your steps tally won't show in the challenge until then.
Once the challenge begins, the FitnessBank app adds your steps to your total and ranks the challenge members.
Warm Up in Des' Running Club
You can warm up for the official challenge by joining Des' Running Club Group. You'll see there are plenty of people in there already, tracking their daily move goals.
The Running Club group can help you get familiar with FitnessBank App before the real challenge begins!
Start Tracking Your Steps: #StepWithDes
This is my second challenge with the FitnessBank App. I like it a lot. It syncs to my Apple Watch and tracks my movement all day, week, month. I don't have to download or upload any information, it's already there.
It's fun to check each day and to see where you are in the standings. Although you don't have to open a fitness account to participate, the app shows your current percentage rate each day.
There's a definite thrill when I drive up my APY rate because of my workouts.
Two Ways to Win Prizes
Beyond staying motivated to walk, run, jog, and move each day, you have chances to win prizes when you participate in the challenge!
FitnessBank, Des Linden, and Brooks Running are giving away great stuff. You could win Brooks Running Shoes, Race Entries, Autographed Posters, and FitnessBank Bonus Steps.
If winning a prize makes you more active, check out your motivation below!
COMPETE to Win Prizes
If you're in it to win it, gear up for competition mode. Get moving and put your self at the top of the leaderboard to win awesome prize packages.
PARTICIPATE to Win Prizes #KeepShowingUp
If you can't get in the most steps, you still can win prizes the #KeepShowingUp way!
5 participants will win the following prize package:
1 of the 5 participant winners (above) will get the Grand Prize of:
Now That You're Motivated, Get Moving!
I hope you'll agree Des' Spring Step Challenge is a good way to stay motivated during this odd time in the world.
You can track your steps inside or out — on a treadmill or a walk around your neighborhood. Do whatever feels best and safe to you.
Whatever you do, keep moving. There's no doubt that exercise relieves anxiety and depression. It makes us feel better both physically and mentally.
I'll see you at the starting line of Des' Spring Step Challenge on April 1. Good luck and stay safe!
If Your Race was Cancelled, Join Des Linden's Spring Step Challenge at FitnessBank! Click Here to Download the FREE Tracker App.
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