Runners are a unique bunch. We’ll do almost anything to get our run in, and sometimes we finish a run with no time and/or place to properly shower and dress like civilized people. That means we have to get a little creative. Luckily for me, my teenage years in FFA taught me to subtly change clothes — once you can go from jeans and hoodie to full official dress (skirt, pantyhose, button-down shirt, scarf, jacket) in the back of a moving van without flashing the other occupants, you can do anything. Who knew my education would pay off so well.
Here are some strange places I’ve done the post-run baby-wipe bath and wardrobe change:
Decent public restrooms at:
- A hotel lobby (of a hotel in which I wasn’t staying…)
- Grocery stores
- The school where I taught until last year
- Jeffco Stadium
- State park visitor centers
Sketchy public restrooms in:
- Trailheads (outhouses, usually)
- Gas stations
- A subway station in Boston
In my car:
- At trailheads
- In parking garages
- In parking lots of race venues
- On the side of the road (actually, I’ve never done this in my car. I did it once in Logan’s car, when I paced her at last year’s Hideaway 100, and once in my parents’ car, while they wandered up the road)
- In a tent on a high school soccer field (during Chase the Moon)
- In a tent at a campground (not so weird)
- Hiding behind a space blanket at a finish line
- In the middle of the crowd moving from the Boston finish line to the family meeting area (not a full wardrobe change; I just had to get my sweaty shirt off and my jacket and sweats on because I was FREEZING)
- On the side of the road, not in a car (this was also when I paced Logan, before my pacing shift. It was the middle of the night and really, really dark).
No matter how weird or awkward the post-run cleanup is, the run itself is always worth it!
What are some weird places you’ve changed post-workout?
What’s a weird “skill” you’ve learned?