I have so many fun favorites for you this week! The first are these “super invisible” no show socks from Stance. I love their over the calf compression socks for the fun patterns, and I have recently become a huge fan of their ankle running socks.
I brought quite a bit to Boston because of the very different weather throughout the 7 days we were there. And I knew I’d be bringing a lot of goodies home! This packing cube set saved me. I was able to fit so much more in my suitcase and keep it organized while we were there. I put race day stuff in one, other running stuff in another, long sleeved shirts, extra jackets, ect. I brought way too many shoes, I know. Stop judging me. Normally I do really well with only bringing a carry on, but I didn’t want to not have everything I might need for race day if it was 20 degrees or 80 degrees.
I saw these signs all over the race course when we did our course tour the day before the race. I thought it would be so cool to have one and hang it up in my house. I looked around the streets outside our hotel the day after the race to see if there was a discarded one hanging around. But no luck, the city of Boston was so clean the day after. There was not even a stray paper cup to be found! Amazing. Although I still wanted a sign. So I took to the internet and eBay delivered. I found this sign from a gentleman who lives along the course in Natick. He sold it to me for a super reasonable price and mailed it really fast. The note he included with the sign was so kind! Saying he was glad the sign had found a good home, and if I had run the marathon, he hoped I was recovering well.
As if I wasn’t already blown away by the kindness shown to the runners by the residents of the various towns that day, this cemented that feeling. So much so that I wrote him back via eBay and told him I had run the race and was blown away by the kindness of everyone. He said he’d be there next year, cheering us on from mile 10 where he lives!
One more travel item is this weekender bag from Lo & Sons. As much as I wish I could use the undetectable extension charm on all my bags like Hermione from Harry Potter, I can’t. I often go over to John’s house on Friday morning, work from there and then spend the weekend in San Francisco. So that means I need work clothes, two days of running stuff (and sometimes even swimming stuff if I have a pool workout), clean activewear to lounge around in post run (duh), real clothes in case we go out to a real restaurant like grown ups (happens every once in a while), sweats and warm things because San Francisco fog, Bennie’s food, and usually snacks for me too.
Seriously, every time I go to his house it looks like I’m moving in. Which I basically am. I need my things. But it is hard to carry all that stuff!
Solution? Bring less stuff? No, don’t be ridiculous. Enter the magic bag. It has a zippered compartment on the bottom for shoes, and then inside is huge. Like Bennie could curl up in there and fall asleep. It has handy pockets for jewelry and socks too. Last time I went to John’s house, he even made a comment that I hadn’t brought as much stuff as normal. Haha! Not the case. Just better contained.
My final favorite was this podcast from NPR (the Holiday Industrial Complex). You know all those holidays you see people posting about on social media – National Peanut Butter Day, National Pancake Day, Nationwide, whatever day? If you’ve ever wondered about where they come from, this is a great listen.
Do you travel light?
I feel I do, but only in certain situations – otherwise I’m all about bring all the things you could possibly want. This is especially true when I am driving somewhere!
No show running socks, or tall?
Do you celebrate any food holidays? (Although in my opinion every holiday is a food holiday…)