Point? Running your errands is actually a really good idea. I do it all the time and here are what I find to be the benefits:
1. Save gas, money and time driving and parking in LA.
2. Teaches you to only buy what is necessary. I carry a small backpack and never buy so much I can't fit it all in. Impulse buys? Not for me.
3. Added benefit of training with weight when running home.
Running my errands is perfect on a day like today when I don't feel like running. I'm still in recovery mode and don't really need a workout - just to get moving. This breaks up the run and gives me a purpose for actually running in the city (blech). Tonight I hit up CVS for the essentials: TP, shampoo, tampons, lotion and some oatmeal bath for this dreaded case of poison oak. Walking around the store takes twice as long for me because I only buy "deals". Except for toilet paper... runners never skimp on TP. That 1-ply will RUIN you.
What always hits me when I'm packing the goods into my bag is how annoyed I am by packaging. It's always too much, mostly unnecessary and altogether confusing. I would sincerely love to one day live in a community where everything is refillable - everything from milk bottles to shampoo containers. Why do we need a whole aisle full of volumizing, bodifying, blonde-specific, magic shampoo? Who needs that many options? And who really wants to pay for "creative" packaging? I just bought a bottle for 77 cents, and people tell me my hair is beautiful all the time. We can all use the same thing. I promise.
Yay for running errands.
That conditioner poking out the top was only 77 cents!