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Jog, walk, drive, or bike?

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I live about 2 miles away from my school and I am trying to figure out how I am going to get there. I really want to avoid using my car, so I thought about the options and here is what I come up with:

Drive: Takes about 5-10 mins. However, traffic and parking can be bad. Also I don't have a lot of money for repairs or gas & my car is almost as old as I am.

Walk: Timed it and it takes approx 30 mins from door to door. I love walking and it gives me time to unwind & meditate. However, I may need all the time I can get in nursing school and also in the winter here it can get below -10 F.

Jog: Love jogging and it takes me abut 17-18 minutes. However there is the winter factor, and also I get all sweaty and gross and don't want to smell in class or at clinical. Also how do you jog with a backpack full of stuff?

Bike: Bike would take me about 10-15 minutes I estimate. I live at an apartment so the bike would be stored outside. Once again in winter this would not be realistic.

Right now I am thinking I will either walk or bike. Bike is faster but a bit more complicated with storage & stuff. Walk is much simplier and could be done in the winter, however takes longer & may use up valuable time. What do you think?

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peas&carrots works as a pharmacy tech.

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Bike....it will save you time which you will probably need. :)

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I'd probably go with the bike. Is there anywhere you could store it in winter? My buddy used to pop his tires off and stick it behind the couch. Might help. :idea:

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OB-nurse2013 has 3 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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I would defiantly bike, it's faster and really you could do it in the winter if you just where approiate clothes. I live in Michigan so I know how cold it gets but 2 miles shouldn't be too bad. You can easily buy a bike lock for at school and I used to have a hanger thing for my bike at home so maybe that would work, but you might want to ask your land lord because one apt. I lived in actually had a spot I could store my bike that was safe so you never know.

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I guess I could put it in our storage area in the basement if I really had to. I live in Minnesota so I understand iluvpatho. Is it really possible to bike in the ice/slush/ snow? Not trying to be sarcastic or anything just trying to get more information. Any suggestions for winter weather biking?

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That Guy has 6 years experience and works as a RN.

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Bike. Its what I do, it is great way to wake up for the lectures.

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Use your bike before it begins to snow and get all icy. Run/jog in the winters--just make sure you adjust your book bag so that it doesn't flop around too much and throw you off balance on the ice/snow.

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OB-nurse2013 has 3 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Well I've actually ridden in slush and stuff but I have a mountain bike so I don't know for sure it may depend on your bike. If teh weather is really bad on those days you could either walk or just drive on really bad days. One concern might be your books, its going to be hard to carry all your books and stuff you need for class..

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I am planning on just bringing a few folders/notebooks and doing most of my studying at home. I was hoping I could get away with a pretty small bag. With my old major I never brought my books to class. I only brought lab manuals to lab. Is it really necessary in nursing school to lug around those huge things? :eek:

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Bike during the spring, summer, and fall. Walk in winter. Bike riding on ice/snow is dangerous. Even if walking/biking takes time, think of it as your exercise for the day - you'll burn calories, relieve stress, and have a half hour of your day to think about anything BUT school...

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~Mi Vida Loca~RN has 6 years experience and works as a Emergency Room Nurse.

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People here in CO bike in anything and walk and jog. Shoot I see people biking in blizzards and have studs on their bike tires. They are really good with the plowing and stuff in my city too though.

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