My plan for transportation to and from work and school this year is to run as much as possible. Why?
- If I run to school I don’t have to make time to exercise later.
- It takes about the same amount of time as driving and parking. I live 2 miles from the University, 3 miles from work.
- If I run I don’t have to pay hundreds for parking or gas.
- It helps me stay mentally and physically up during the dreary winter months.
What does this look like?
Yes. I have a stroller. You know why? Cuz I have to carry my school books, my professional clothes, my business gear, and my lunch with me everywhere I go.
I love it. I can pile so much stuff up in this thing. It’s great. It’s effective. It’s efficient. And it’s all terrain.
Do I blend in at school?
Absolutely not. I wear minimal 5 finger toe shoes, cold weather running gear, gloves, glasses, a hat tied under my chin, head phone wires coming out (This American Life on my ipod) from under my hat, and a goofy grin on my face because I love listening to stand up comedians when I’m running. The running time flies by when I’m laughing.
So when I roll up, a 43 year old student with a stroller, crazy looking geddup, sipping green things out of my mason jar, and eating raw food, I’m just not quite normal.
It’s okay. I’m good with it. I try to blend in a little because I don’t want to have to explain myself to everybody in my path. I’m not trying to get noticed. I’m trying to be practical. And besides, I’m surprised there isn’t a jogging stroller for business people or students.
This is what I showed my kids when we were talking about how unusual it was to use a stroller to get to school.
I don’t ever want to be afraid to be the shirtless dancing guy in a crowd. No fear baby!
Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student. She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.