The not so glamorous side to van life

I have started to see my mornings as a series of actions to take and duties to respond to.

I run, get back and move my van, turn on my heater, turn on my stove, boil water for coffee and breakfast, read the news and eat, move my van again, make sure everything is put away and turned off, lock it up, head out for my day.

If everything works, like it did today, I feel like the day is so good! If things go wrong, I’m looking it as challenges to overcome and problems to solve. I tried everything to fix my little buddy heater, but it was faulty. So yesterday I got a new heater and it worked both last night and this morning. I feel good about that.

I successfully made my breakfast in my van this morning without any outside help (I usually got coffee at work and used my electric kettle for water, now I cannot do). If everything goes well and I do it relatively easily, I feel as though I can live anywhere and be fine.

Of course things go wrong. Yesterday I was setting up my Mr. Buddy and was so focused on making sure it worked I didn’t take the time to pee even though I really had to go. This ended up with me trying to get out my pee bottle and sort of peeing on myself a bit and the floor before I made it into the bottle.

Yesterday morning I pooped in my bathroom bucket and the bag I use to line it had a hole. Ew.

Then this morning I dropped my oatmeal filled spoon on the floor.

Of course I cleaned these things up right away and I’m used to it now, but the van life isn’t all easy even when you get the hang of it. I was going to try to just tough it out for the next week or so without heat, but I knew it would be detrimental to training and also unnecessary. This is what Mr. Buddy heaters are for!

When I say it’s detrimental to training, I mean that during the night if I need to drink, which I often finish a bottle during the night, I don’t drink because I don’t want to come out of my cocoon in the 20 degree temperatures. Then I try to drink before I run, but I often am focused on getting outside and starting to warm myself up I forget.

Hydration is a big issue for me. So getting a heater and being a bit more comfortable is a luxury I will maintain. Even if it cost me $70 and they wouldn’t take back the faulty heater because I didn’t keep one of the parts. Oh well, I’ll donate it and a few other items to Ithaca Re-use on Sunday.

It was warmer this morning, and the sun rose for me so the last 4 miles of my run were in the light. These little things make me so happy.

Breakfast: peanut butter and plum(!!!) jam oatmeal with banana, apple and coffee

Running: 70 minutes

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