It’s a fantastic way to sweat while doing something productive.
But it requires some preparation and planning.
I’ve compiled today’s article’s ultimate guide to starting your run-commute.
By the end, you’ll learn the following:
- What is run commuting?
- The benefits of running to and from work
- How to get started with run commuting
- The run commuter checklist
- How to choose the right running bag pack for running commuting
- How to plan your route
- How to get cleaned up
- And so much more…
Let’s get started
The Benefits of The Run-Commute
Though run-commuting is not a popular way to get to and from work, there are many benefits to doing so.
Let’s discuss a few.
- Running Is Fast Than Walking. On average, expect to be able to walk three to four miles per hour. But if you can keep an 8-minute running pace, you can cover 7.5 miles per hour or 12 kilometers per hour. In some cities, running can also be faster than driving. For example, driving speeds in crowded cities can be around seven mph.
- Boosts productivity. Running first thing in the morning improves your productivity. Not only will you arrive at the office feeling awake, but your brain will be functioning at its best.
- Reduce Stress. Running home from work can help clear up your mind and clear the day’s stress from your system so you can enjoy the rest of your day.
- No More Traffic. Hate getting stuck in traffic? Then run commuting is for you. By running to work, you’ll no longer have to worry about getting stuck in traffic for hours and hours, moving at a snail’s pace while losing your sanity with every passing minute. Instead, you’ll be the master of your work commute. So say goodbye to burning traffic—as long as you have a realistic run-commute plan.
- More base miles. One of the best ways to build endurance is to do a lot of long, slow miles. The more miles you can run without fatigue, the faster you’ll likely run on race day. But it’s not easy to find time for them. Running to and from work is a great opportunity to add miles to your weekly total without compromising your lifestyle.
- Running Is Cheap. Compared to other transportation means, running is cheap. You don’t need to pay for any gas, train tickets, or parking fees. It’s just you and your feet. Of course, you’ll still use up your running shoes, but you’ll use them most productively and frugally.
- Eco-friendly. You’ll be doing an excellent service to the environment by leaving a “smaller” footprint and inspiring other people to follow (and run) in your footsteps.
How to Start Run-Commuting
Here are the guidelines you need to become a daily run commuter.
Success favors the prepared mind—this couldn’t be more true regarding run-commuting.
As a rule, plan out the logistics and running gear needed for the job in advance—you’ll need more than your running shoes.
Here are the five steps to an effective run-commute plan:
- Make a Run commute list
- Lay out your running gear
- Get the right running backpack
- Plan your running route
- Have fun Run Commuting
Let’s explain each step.
Make a Run Commute List
Make a checklist of everything you’ll need for the run and work.
Planning takes care of all your excuses not to start running and commuting.
Here are the run commute essentials to consider.
- Running gear such as your shoes, clothes, reflective vest, and a GPS watch,
- A small purse,
- Your phone and other electronics,
- Work-related stuff, like your laptop, a diary, a lightweight folder, and glasses,
- door keys,
- Breakfast and/or lunch packs. Snacks too,
- A water bottle,
- A waterproof jacket that wicks moisture away for a rainy day,
- A spare plastic bag to keep your spare clothes dry,
- Reflective tape or a reflective vest if you plan to run near sunrise and/or sunset on roads.
- Towel and toiletries
Of course, you cannot keep all this in your pocket and typical work bag.
You’ll need a special running bag.
Let’s see how to choose one.
The most important piece of run commute gear is the one that carries everything—your backpack.
Few things are as frustrating as a backpack that bounces all over the place and causes painful rubbing.
Of course, if you can narrow your carry-on items to your phone, wallet, and keys, then a fanny pack is enough.
But that’s not always the case, as most of us need to carry more, whether it’s clothes, a laptop, toiletries, or any other item.
The market for running packs has grown thanks to run commute’s rising popularity in recent years. You can find these online and in most running shops.
The Right Backpacks For Run-Commuting
Get a backpack that’s specifically designed for running.
These are usually made with ultralight materials and have straps that wrap around the chest or waist level. This helps prevent it from bouncing all over the place during a run
The straps also help evenly distribute the backpack’s weight and hold it comfortably across your back.
Make sure the backpack fits firmly without chafing or weighing you down.
Try out a few before you make up your mind.
Do not pack more than you must—or this will wear you out, especially when you’re not used to running with weights.
One trick to help you avoid carrying extra items is to bring several days’ worth of toiletries and clothing in your drawer or locker room.
Things to leave at the office may include:
- Loose change
- Hard files
- Work shoes
Not sure if your backpack is waterproof?
Pop your clothes and electronics into a plastic bag.
Know The Route
Always taking public transport to the office? Then you might not know exactly how far is your daily commute.
So, as a rule, know your routine. Then, check your online maps and look for the alternative route if it seems not passable. You can also check out likely routes by car or bike first if you’re unfamiliar with the region.
It’s not fun if you get lost and run out of time. Few things are worse than arriving at the office drenched wet, exhausted, hungry, and behind schedule because you got lost and had to run some extra miles
I’d also recommend looking for the most pedestrian-friendly areas, especially if running through an urban area.
Running on the freeway is no fun—it’s also illegal.
Have a few running routes of different lengths to vary your running distance and make your training more enjoyable.
When It’s Too Far
Let’s be practical.
If you live 30 miles from your office, then you’ll have to run an ultramarathon every time you run commute. That will be asking for too much.
Here’s the workaround: you don’t have to run the whole distance.
Here are three options:
- Get off the train or bus a stop earlier, then log the remaining miles on your feet.
- If you drive to work, perhaps you can find a safe parking lot, then run the rest of the distance to the office.
- Look for a colleague who lives closer to the office and asks them to join you.
Give It a Test Run
Anything that can derail you from your new plan during the early stages will discourage you from carrying on.
Before running to and from work, your first step should be to test your running gear and run-commute strategy.
Doing this will ensure that everything is in place and working smoothly. Once you know you have a solid strategy and backpack, try your first few runs on days when the weather is friendly.
Get Cleaned Up
Unless you’re willing to spend the next work shift avoiding all of your colleagues, then having a shower is a must.
Most office buildings have a shower (even facilities for fitness fanatics), but what if your workplace is a shower-free zone?
The easy solution is to take a bus/train to the office, then run home and shower in the comfort of your home.
Insist on running to work, but your office building is a free shower zone?
Consider visiting nearby cheap gyms or pools you can join and use their changing facilities.
Take Care of Your Hygiene
Here are the essentials:
- Foot powder,
You can easily find all of this in the travel section of any department store.
Get all you need, stash all your toiletries in a little bag, and store it in your drawer.
How To Run Commute – The Conclusion
Here you have it!
Now you know all there is to know about running to and/or from work.
I hope you start doing that soon.
So please make sure to build this awesome running habit ASAP.
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