Run Commuting Basics
Before you set out on your first official run commute, here are some tips to get you started.
1. Planning a Route – If you’ve never commuted to work without a car before, this is a whole different ballgame. The best way to plan your route is to use Google Maps and choose walking directions. It’s also a really good idea to run the route on your day off before you try running it to work. You want to see how much time to allow for your commute (including cleanup) and make sure that the directions you have are good.
2. Getting the Gear – You want a comfortable backpack – one that has a clip around your waist is ideal. Stock your backpack with a change of clothes, toiletries so you can clean up in your office’s bathroom, and light rain gear so you and your change of clothes don’t get soaked if the weather changes on you. You also want to invest in a good pair of running shoes, just like you would with any running program.
3. Scoping Out the Scene – Does your office have a shower or a nearby gym with a shower? If so, this is ideal! If not, you can do a quickie cleanup in the bathroom. Make sure you know where you’ll be cleaning up and changing, so you can plan accordingly.
4. Hygiene – If you don’t have access to a shower, you can still freshen up after your run. Change out of your running clothes and wash your face and pits in the sink with cool water, so you’ll stop sweating. A spritz of skin refresher can also help you cool down and clean up after you run into the office. Stow your dirty running clothes in a mesh or cotton bag, so they can breathe and won’t be super funky when you change back into them in the evening.
5. Stocking Your Space – You want to carry as little as possible on your back, so it’s a good idea to keep your desk stocked with some essentials to get them off of your back. Things like deodorant and makeup can live at work, so you don’t have to carry them back and forth when you’re running
6. Stretching – Stretching after a run is important no matter where you’re running! Try to do a few stretches at your desk when you run into work and work in a longer stretching routine when you get home.
Have you tried run commuting? I’d love to hear your experiences!