Running with My Backpack Full of Food & Being Overbooked

by Jennifer

I’ve only been home a week and already next week I find myself overbooked. 

Not overbooked in the sense that it is not doable, but overbooked in the sense that it is more work than I need or expected. 

I have: 

  • 2 Psych papers left to edit
  • A gig to move heirlooms to storage for a family 
  • As many hours as I can commit to consult on the creation of a kindergarten program 
  • Multiple petsits to manage, including my darlings Thunder, Ghost, and Juno 
  • Oh… And tutoring and admissions consulting


It’s business time.

This morning Sandy and I sat in the office of our bank to establish our dual control over the business accounts of our two Jersey City rental properties. It was good to get this done, no matter it taking much longer than we expected. 

There’s been that and…

  • Marie Kondoing the office space we work and sometimes live in, selling a hiking backpack, 8 jars of PB2, and a box of protein bars I don’t want to eat
  • Scheduling a 6 person in-the-dark Escape the Room
  • Preparing to host a 16 person brunch this Sunday with Sandy 
  • Laser tag.. 


But I haven’t let this get in the way of my resolution of gifting myself nearly unlimited time every day run my heart out.


In Hawaii, when I realized I didn’t want to return to NYC and aspire to normal career ambitions or salary goals – not more than I need – I decided that running, feeling as good about my body as I did when I gave myself the time to run as casually and as long as I wanted, should be an every day gift to myself.

And when I run, I run prepared:

Coffee, water, tissues, and snacks to get me through a potential 12 mile run. 

I’m probably one of only a few, and looking at the other runners, I am, doing this, but hey, it’s a part of my routine, and it lets me roam without care, with a little effort on my back that will have me constantly training for backpack hikes.

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  • Root

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    I’ll perform those 12-mile hikes on a whim sometimes, for instance I’m fixing as we `speak’ to make the trip from Bk to arrive in Queens just in time to partake in my favorite Indian dinner buffet.

    There is precious spiritual fulfillment to be found when walking the terrain. Even within confines of a metro area it’s still obvious that there is very little that modern urban development can do to completely mask the rawness of the natural environment. Having expended the last 10 minutes authoring this post I better get to it 🙂

    • Jennifer Liepin

      Why that is wonderful! I am excited to meet a kindred spirit through this blog.
      Nothing like a long hike to awaken your appetite before an Indian dinner buffet.

      Did you know the Great Saunter is this Saturday? It’s an arduously long walk along the perimeter of Manhattan. I did it once years ago, and it’s certainly a feat worth trying.

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