I love running errands - but only when I'm literally running errands.
It's not that you'll find me popping into Super Target for groceries in the middle of a set of intervals, or that I'm so frenetic about multitasking that I pick up drycleaning midrun. But sometimes, when conditions are right, it is fun and somehow downright sneaky to get stuff done on a run. It's a well-established fact that I generally find walking, running, or biking so much more pleasant than driving, so that may contribute to this little hobby within a hobby. But I don't really do it enough, either. "Running an errand car-free" totally should have gone onto the 101 in 1,001 list. Darn. (I love that I wrote that so sadly, like there's clearly no way I could work on something if it didn't make it onto The List.)
Anyway. After hours and hours of sloth yesterday, I realized that I needed stamps for some cards and green beans for the minestrone that was in the crockpot. I also needed a very gentle recovery run, because my arms and back were - shall we say - feeling the effects from painting the day before. So I shuffled outside and embarked on a route around the city that took me by my ATM (where I picked up my stamps), a mailbox (where I dropped off my cards) and a grocery store (where I got the green beans). Of course, the grocery store was about the farthest point out on my route, so I had to lug the green beans kind of a long way.
By the way: this is a super effective tactic for truly buying only the item for which you went to the store and nothing else!
I ended up having a nicer run than I expected, given my tired self and the chilly weather. When I was almost home, I looked down at my green beans and actually realized how silly the whole thing looked. Forgive me for my monster hands.
It makes tedious errands into a little scavenger hunt or a Choose Your Own Adventure, no?