During my training break, I got kind of hooked on run commuting. I found it to be a fun way to get in miles and really enjoyed it. I’ve had a number of people ask me questions about how I made it work so I thought I’d share a few tips on run commuting. If you run commute and have some tips, please share in the comments!
- Plan ahead. This is the solution for everything, right? I prefer to run commute home after work because I find that a bit easier on the planning front. But running to work can be just as easy with planning. If I’m going to run commute to work, I make sure that I have my work clothes ready to go in the office and that I’ve brought my lunch for the day earlier in the week. If I’m running home, I choose a day where I won’t need to bring my work laptop home with me (which means I don’t usually run home on Fridays).
- How to carry your stuff. This is probably the most common question I get about running commuting. Here is what I do: I wear my camelbak pack without the bladder. I can fit my wallet, keys, phone, flats (to wear to work the next day) and a couple other items (papers, etc.) in the pack and it doesn’t feel weighed down. I leave everything else that is not a necessity at the office and take it home the following day. I was nervous when I decided I’d run commute about the aspect of carrying my stuff but I find this works great. It also lets me feel like I’m actually getting my money’s worth out of my camelbak since I very rarely run with it anymore with the bladder.
- How to work run commuting into your training schedule. I use run commute runs as easy runs on my schedule. They are by design shorter runs (I only live a couple miles from my office, but I can extend the route to get what I need) and they are slower runs as well. I’m never going to set any speed records run commuting but it is a fun way to break up everyday easy runs and also a nicer way to commute. I pretty much always beat my bus home when I’m running and it’s much more pleasant than sitting in traffic. Also it’s free!
Do you run commute? What tips should be added to the list?