Name: Ashley Hughes
Sport: Running/Plogging (jogging + picking up trash)
City: Muncie, Indiana
Streak Count: Run streak 1386 days, trash streak 244 days
SS: Tell us a bit about your story. What’s your background and what got you into the sport?
Ashley: I originally began running in high school with cross country. Wasn’t ever spectacular, actually, I usually finished close to last. I ended up with a stress fracture from ignoring shin splints and didn’t really run too much after that for a good 3-4 years. After that, I ran occasionally, sometimes 3-4 days a week , until living in Hawaii. There, I found a running club for active duty spouses called Stroller Warriors and began running more regularly.
SS: Tell us a bit about your streaks. What motivated you to start running and picking up trash every day?
Ashley: In July of 2017, Stroller Warriors did a streaking challenge that I decided to do just to see if I could. That was around the time my husband had his first back surgery and was looking at medical retirement from the Navy from his injury. So, I guess in a way it started and continues for him as well, since running isn’t in the cards for him. Then, not quite a year ago, I came across another streaker on Instagram who started picking up trash on her runs, and after watching her I decided I could do that too. I was running the miles anyways, might as well do some good was my thought.