Feels like no time to run?
Wanna pitch in your running schedule in between your 9 to 5?
Then you have come to the right place.
Few things beat running to and from work.
It’s a fantastic way to get some serious sweat while also doing something productive.
But it requires some preparation and planning.
In today’s article, I’ve put together the ultimate guide to starting your run-commute.
By the end, you’ll learn:
- 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 run 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
There are many good reasons to get into run commuting.
Let’s discuss a few.
- 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 best.
- Avoid traffic. You’ll be the master of your own work commute. Say goodbye to burning traffic—as long as you’ve a realistic run-commute plan.
- 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.
- Eco-friendly. You’ll be doing an excellent service to the environment by leaving a “smaller” footprint, as well as 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.
1. Plan Thoroughly
Success favors the prepared mind—this couldn’t be more true when it comes to run commuting.
As a rule, plan out in advance the logistics and the running gear needed for the job—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.
2. Make a Run Commute List
Make a checklist of everything you’ll need—both for the run and for work.
Planning ahead takes care of all your excuses to not start run commuting.
Here are the run commute essential 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, lightweight folder, and glasses,
- Your 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 of plastic bag to keep your spare clothes dry,
- Reflective tape or a reflective vest if you plan to run at near sunrise and/or sunset on roads.
- Towel and toilettries
Of course, you cannot keep all of this in your pocket and typical work bag.
You’ll need a special running bag.
Let’s see how to choose one.
3. Running backpack
The most important piece of run commute gear is the one that carries everything—your backpack.
Few things are as frustrating and irksome as a backpack that bounces all over the place and causes painful rubbing during a run.
Of course, if you can narrow down 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.
Thanks to run commute’s rising popularity in the last years, the market for running packs has grown drastically.
You can find these online and in most running shops.
The Right Backpacks For Run-Commuting
As a rule, get a backpack that’s expressly made for running.
These are usually designed 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 weight of the backpack across your back and hold it securely and comfortably in place.
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 have to—or else, this will wear you out, especially when you’re not used to running with weights on your back.
One trick to help you avoid carrying extra items is to bring store several days’ worth of toiletries and clothing in your personal 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.
4. Know The Route
If you’re used to taking public transport to work, then you might not know exactly how far is your daily commute.
Check your online maps and look for the alternative route if it seems not passable.
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
You can also check out likely routes by car or bike first if you’re not familiar with the region.
It’s not fun if you get lost and running out of time.
I’d also recommend looking for the most pedestrian-friendly areas, especially if you’re running through an urban area.
Running on the freeway is no fun—it’s also illegal.
Have a few running routes of different lengths so you can vary your running distance and make your training more enjoyable.
When It’s Too Far
Let’s be practical.
If you live 30 miles away for your office building, I’m really not encouraging you to run an ultramarathon every workday.
That will be asking for too much.
Here’s the workaround—you don’t have to actually run the whole distance.
Here are three options:
- Get off the train or bus a stop earlier and run the rest of the way.
- If you drive to work, perhaps you can find a safe parking lot, then run the rest of the distance to the office.
- You can also look for a colleague who lives closer to the office and asks him or her to join you. The run-commune trend is growing rapidly, and chances that you will find with a similar goal.
Give It a Test Run
Anything that can derail you from your new plan during the early stages will definitely discourage you from you carrying on.
Before you start running to and from work, your first step should be to test your running gear and run-commute strategy.
By doing this, you will ensure that everything is in place and that nothing will derail you from your destination.
Once you know you have a solid strategy and backpack, try your first few runs on days when the weather is friendly.
5. 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 have a shower in the comfort of your home.
Insist on running to work, but your office building is a free shower zone?
Consider checking out any cheap gyms or pools nearby that 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 that you need, then stash all of your toiletries in a little bag and store it in your drawer.
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.
Thank you for reading my blog