As my ultra training is slowly kicking into gear, my runs are getting longer. I’m more often running longer trail runs, which can mean a bit of a drive.
While I love going out and getting dusty and sweaty on the trail, I’m not a huge fan of driving home in sweaty, smelly clothes. So a few of the things making me happy this week are things I use to make the drive home after a run more comfortable.
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For the longest time, I didn’t think of myself as a ‘dress’ person, I don’t know why – I guess I thought of them as formal and stuffy.
But then I got a few comfortable and sporty dresses and have been totally converted. They are so easy, since I only need to grab one thing when packing my post-run bag and I don’t have to be concerned about matching (not that I’m ever terribly concerned about matching).
I have mastered the art of the post-run, car backseat Clark Kent/Superman change from sweaty running clothes into a dress.
Added bonus, that even in my icky, bad hair, flushed-cheek post-run state, I look more presentable in a dress, in case I have any errands to run.
My current favorite is the Yanni Hooded Dress from Icebreaker (the hood is great to protect my poor neck that takes abuse from the sun and may need extra protection).
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My other favorite is from Title 9 Sports. They no longer make it, but Title 9 is a great place to look for dresses for active people.
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Shower Pill Athletic Body Wipes
But I can’t just put on a dress after a long run right!?
Of course not! Enter the Shower Pill.
For years I used baby wipes (are still totally fine too). But some runs, especially trail runs in California mid-draught (read: SUPER dusty), I need something a little more hardcore to get the outer layer of crud off.
The Shower Pill are wipes that have anti-bacterial and anti-microbrobial ingredients, so they not only get me clean, they help keep my skin healthy.
I can only vouch for Shower Pill, but there are other wipes on the market specifically designed for post-workout, if you are so inclined.
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This one is totally selfish.
I volunteer at an animal rescue, and the kittens have arrived! A little late this year (they usually arrive in April), but they are here!
I can’t tell you how much better life is with kittens in it!
No matter how horrible my day is, or what is going wrong, or what is pissing me off, when I go to my volunteer shift and see 6 kittens in a big fuzzy pile sleeping, my stresses immediately disappear.
Find an animal rescue in your area. Adopt (only if you are willing to commit to 16+ years! Remember kittens don’t stay kittens forever), volunteer, donate, foster.
Some of the recent kittens I’ve taken care of while they wait for their forever homes:
Added bonus: volunteering also gives me plenty of photo fodder for my Monday ‘rest day’ photos on Instagram.
Legion is a show, apparently based on an X-Men comic (which I know nothing about), that just finished its second season on FX.
I’ll be honest: I understand maybe 30% of what is going on in Legion, but I I watch it regularly. I almost feel compelled to watch it even when I don’t understand much of it.
Visually it’s amazing, and the performances are great, which is more than I can say for many shows on TV.
The second season was exponentially weirder than the first, so be prepared.
Also, know that it can make more sense if you watch it a second time.