PRODUCT : One of my commutes earlier in the year. Very peaceful
Admittedly I don't do it often enough but running to work comes with many benefits. It's an easy way to log more miles, avoid the traffic and I've found the best way to get you energised for the day ahead. Just make sure you have somewhere to freshen up before you start work otherwise your colleagues might not be too happy.
efore you set off out of the door you'll want to have a route planned. You'll need to make sure that it's a distance you are comfortable with and of course how long it is likely to take. There are a various platforms you can use to plan a route such as Strava, Google Maps, Map My Run, etc. You'll also need to bear in mind the terrain and especially during the winter the visibility. Will you need trail shoes for a muddy section or a head torch for the poorly lit sections?
For me the hardest part of the run commute, is getting myself out of the door. It's too easy to make excuses. So with that in mind the key is to prepare everything you need the night before. By simply having your running kit laid out, lunch prepared (dinner where I'm from) and bag packed the night before, you're less likely to drop out.
This is where I fail to be honest but I just can't seem to change. The best way is to have everything you need for work already at your workplace.If there is one thing I try to commit to, it's keeping a spare pair of shoes at work. Without a doubt these will take up most of your bag space if you carry them with you and are not the lightest of things.
Invest In A Decent Running Bag
You'll need to invest in a specific running bag, that are designed to fits snugly and avoid bouncing and chafing. The size you will need will depend on what you are carrying. I tend to shove quite a lot in so I opted for the Quechua FH900 17L backpack. Technically it's a speed hiking bag but it works great for running. It has straps around the hips and chest to keep it in place and comes with a waterproof cover. Decathlon also have other running bags available that come in various sizes.
The easiest way to fail is by making a commitment that is just too unrealistic. So if you've never ran to work before it's probably best you don't commit straight away to running every work day. Maybe commit to 1 to 2 days a week and before you know it the habit might turn into 5 days a week.
Take It Easy
I find it's best to treat your commute as an easy run. Your more likely to stick at it when you keep the pace leisurely. There's no point wearing yourself out before you've even got to work. On the way back home the temptation is also there to go quickly, why wouldn't you want to get home sharpish? Just keep in mind that if your going to commit to more than one day of run commuting or if you having other training sessions you'll want to be fresh enough for them. Running at a slow pace still has it's benefits, my run coach Ian taught me that important lesson - Junk Miles? The Truth