We needed a few groceries. The store is a couple miles away, maybe 3.
I ran over, and walked back, with the groceries in my daypack.
I've been on a 2-week hiatus from running and biking, to rest and build myself up. I did break down and run 3 miles the morning of the wedding but other than that I've been layin' low.
Why fire up the diesel-guzzling truck to go to the store 2 or 3 miles away for groceries that will easily fit in my backpack? And when I need to learn to shop for things that will go in a backpack, when I do food re-supply trips on the AT?
Instead of a shopping cart, I carried one of those hand-baskets, to keep tabs on how much weight I was accumulating.
Here's what easily went into the pack, with room (and weight) to spare:
Half a gallon of milk
A dozen eggs
4-lb. bag of sugar
1-lb. bag of dry beans
Stick of deodorant
Wedge of Brie cheese
Box of 20 garbage bags
12-pack of Pop-Tarts
2 PayDay bars (buy one, get one free)
Loaf of French bread (in side pocket to keep from getting smashed)
It was easy, I saved fuel and money, burned up some calories, and started something new for myself:
If it's 3 miles or less, I'm going on foot.
Later, I'll up that to 4 miles.
Why drive when I can run and/or walk?