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This Weekend’s Huge Runcheap Thank You to…. My Backpack

This weekend’s huge runcheap thank you goes to the longest standing piece of equipment I own, something that has been with me since high school when I was a fake runner.

A Huge Weekend Runcheap Thank You To My Jansport Backpack!

Thank you for lasting since high school, surviving my cats, surviving multiple usages, still being functional, still in perfect condition, and allowing for the perfect race day portable storage system!

I dont remember when I got this particular backpack but it had to have to been sometime around freshman year of high school which would be around 18 years ago in good ole 94. In reality, I most likely took the Jansport Backpack (JBP) with me to Winter Track Meets that I ran throughout 4 years of high school. I guess you can say JBP was with me during my pseudo running days then. I was a terrible winter track athlete. I only ran winter track because I was too small and untalented to play basketball and they didnt cut anyone from track. The  word “ran” is probably a little bit of an exaggeration also since I was huge and out of shape . I also didnt care about it much either, and dont have very many positive winter track memories. Still I went to the meets and most likely brought my homework with me in the JBP.

The JBP survived me well during my days at Walt Whitman High School, including my moments as a winter track "athlete"

The JBP then survived several years of abuse in college, has been my reliable stand in soccer bag, is my backup gym bag, is one of my cats favorite sleep options, and was once the only thing I brought with me for 2 weeks of travel to Brazil (where I jogged along copacabana beach incidentally).

The JBP was with me for 2 weeks in Brazil, I was told to travel with little so I stuffed it to the gills for my couple of weeks there and brought nothing else

It is still in perfect condition and I am currently happily using it as my running bag. Prior to every race, big or small, I pack it with whatever I will need to survive race day. For lengthy drives to races it will be crammed with all sorts of things- sweatshirt, change of clothes, flip flops, extra gels, last minute food options, post race diet soda for the drive home, an extra bottle of water, vasoline, etc. It always has extra pins for when I drop the ones given to me and cant find them in that pre race darkness. It always has extra ties for when I accidentally tie the chip incorrectly and cant fix it. If the GPS directions are wrong, it always has an extra handwritten set stuffed in its back pocket. Reliability.

As my race day bag, the JBP has served as the perfect organizational system/sanity manager 🙂

More than anything else it has been a wonderful object of consistency in my life. I know thats weird or way overthought but to be honest, in a life that is constantly moving and in which I constantly break and buy new things it is terrific to have one thing that has sturdily stood the test of time. Nice to have it in the car seat next to me on my way to every race, knowing that everything I need is in one place.

JBP’s reliability has not only saved me time, it has also saved my sanity several times (by preventing race day emergencies). Additionally, utilizing it has saved me from last minute emergency purchases a myriad of occasions and its durability has prevented me from having to go out and waste money on another bag to travel with or use. It has kept me running organized, steady, and calm for a number of years and will continue to do so for a number of more years. Thanks JBP, for being reliable since high school and my most durable piece of running equipment.

Enjoy your run. Enjoy your day :0


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