Last night I got home from work and knew I had to do two things. I had to run because smart me washed all my running clothes earlier and they had to dry during the day and I had to go to the grocery store before dinner. It was about 6:30pm. Do I go run now? I'd have to wait until after I got back, showered, and drove to the grocery store to eat though - that'd probably be after 8pm. Or do I go to the grocery store now and sacrifice the run? Oh, HELL no! I grabbed my gear and got dressed.
Then it hit me - why not run to the store? I checked the distance and wouldn't you know, one store is 0.8 miles away, the other is 1.82 miles away. I grabbed my hydration pack backpack and was off.
I ran 1.82 miles to the new Stop & Shop and made it there in 11:36 (6:22 pace). I looked around at food and ironically decided I was going to eat some scallops I had at home. But I did pick up some shredded cheese for my roommate, so the trip wasn't a complete loss. I paid, put the cheese in my backpack, and headed back. I was so happy with my time out to the store that I let myself take it slow on the way back and made it in 13:34 (7:27 pace).
In reading Dean's book 50/50, he talks about picking a distance. Anywhere within that distance from the house, he runs to instead of drives. He has multiple backpacks to accomodate different trips (the bank, the grocery store, etc.). With gas jumping 5-10 cents almost every other day over here, I'm starting to think Dean has a pretty good system going!
P.S. I'm getting more and more used to running with the hydration pack. However, I haven't run with water in it yet (I'll try that on Sunday's long run). I'm optimistic that the backpack will be a great way to keep hydrated on long runs since I need to drink so much every hour.
Questions1. Do you walk, run, or bike to do any of your errands on a regular basis?
I'll start with the grocery store (0.8 or 1.76 miles away) and work my way up to general stores and the gym (~6 miles away). Once the weather gets better I can bike too.
2. What are your gas prices up to?
The cheapest gas in CT is $3.45 (30 miles away). Around me, it's $3.60+.
3. Have you made any changes to your daily life to try and cut down on driving?
I carpool to work and schedule my general shopping for days I plan on going to the gym because the shops are all near the gym.
Stay fit. Stay healthy.