‘I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.’~~Jack London
Runners often wish for more hours in the day, and this is one reason run commuting comes out a winner. Run commuting is the perfect way to tack on extra miles, save money on gas and is a great running habit.
There is no better way to start and end the workday than with a run.
How to Start Run Commuting
1. Start with a Plan–By car, a 6-mile drive can take between five to thirty minutes, running the same distance, will involve thirty to sixty minutes, depending on pace. This means planning is a must. The further a person lives from work the more planning involved.
One idea is driving to work in the morning and running home that night. The next morning, run back to work and drive home that night. With a plan, run commuting can work no matter how far one may live from the job.
2. Get the Gear–I good running backpack is highly useful. A high power headlight and reflective gear is a must for early morning and late night commutes.
3. Dress for Success–For those of us with the inevitable winter commute. The winter weather won’t stop the winter commute if a person remembers to wear a base, thermal and shell layer. By doing this one works with the cold, instead of against it. A pair of Yaktrax or trail running shoes will help deal with the inevitable slip-n-slide conditions.
4. The Importance of Fueling–The distance of the commute will play a large role in the fueling process. A bagel and cream cheese should be enough to get a person on their way. A sports bottle with a scoop of protein can be filled with water once at work. Or keep protein powder at work along with some energy bars.
5. Commute Safe–Run commuting will at one point likely involve running in the dark, because of this reflective gear and a headlamp are indispensable for safety. Choose routes that are not traffic heavy, and parts of town that are not dangerous. Wear a Road ID Wrist ID Elite with all of your emergency information on it, and carry a phone.
6. Decide your Distance–There are run commuters that aren’t kidding around when it comes to distance. I know of some who run 10 or 15 miles. Other commuters have as little as 1 mile. Still, they decide to run past work, or take the long way home, adding distance to the commute. You also have the choice of driving half way and parking the car at a friend’s or parking lot, and running the remaining miles.
7. Running Around Town–Run commuting encompasses more than running to work. How about that quick jaunt to the corner store, meeting friends for a donut and coffee, or to check out the newest running shop deals. Get creative and skip turning the ignition key, instead, ignite the lungs. It may come naturally to hop in the car and drive to the trail-head, but running to the trail will save gas and add kilometers.
8. Involving Family and Friends–Having the support of family and friends will make the commute easier. Can you talk your spouse into dropping you at work in the morning so you can run home. Inaugurate a run to work week or day at the workplace. Who knows, you might end up with some commuting buddies.
9. Make it a Challenge–Mark your run commute goal on your calendar or training log today. Challenge yourself to a streak. A week straight of running to work, or instead, 7 days a month. Vow to never drive to the library. Talk to the runners in your running club and challenge them to a commuting duel. Who can commute the most miles in a month?
By substituting your tires for running shoes you can use your time efficiently.
Call for comments:
Do you run commute?
What tips do you suggest?