Combining your training with your commute is efficient, practical and a simple way to improve your physical and mental health
Run-commuting is one of those habits that can be life-changing. You get to beat the rush hour traffic, you can avoid the expense and hassle of public transport, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint by a considerable margin, and that’s before we’ve got to the positive impact on your physical and mental health.
If you live a suitable distance from the office and you’re keen to start run-commuting, Runners Need have helped us put together these essential tips, so you can get started straight away.
Scope out your workplace
Know your workplace; are there showers? Are there places to hang wet running kit? Or plug in a hairdryer? If you have any colleagues that run or cycle in, ask them about their morning routines and how they store their activewear.
If you can’t shower at work, don’t run to work, run home. Depending on the length of your journey, a one-way run-commute is enough to give you a good workout and then you can shower at home. You then don’t have to worry about your clothes being crumpled when you get to work. Carry your day’s clothes home from the office in your backpack or take it home on your rest day.
The best bit?
You can run just part of the way. If your commute is too far try getting off the train or bus a few stops before yours and run the rest of the way.
Calculate your time
Know how long it’ll take you to run to work, including your warm up and cool down. Factor in stretching and your showering time.
Run-commuting often means getting out there in the early mornings or evenings when visibility is poor or you’re running in low light conditions, so select outer layers that are bright, high visibility, and have reflective detail to stay safe! Here’s our essential reflective running gear.
Think about what you can leave in your locker, desk drawer, or changing rooms and what you need to bring in every day. Belongings to leave at the office could be:
- Smart shoes
- Loose change
- Baby wipes
You could bring spare clothes in every Monday and take home worn clothes and towels on Friday.
Get the right kit
To get the best out of your run commute, you need to make sure you’re kitted out properly to begin with. And this is where Runners Need can help. So what do you need for the perfect run commute? Here’s where to start.
The shoes: The right running shoes are vital. If your commute is mostly on roads or pavements, you’ll need a good pair of road running shoes for support and cushioning. Get your gait analysed at your local Runners Need store for free and find the best running shoes for you. Using video technology to analyse how your feet respond to every step, their expert fitters can assess your biomechanics and running style to ensure you’re running in the perfect shoes. Find your local store here.
The jacket: Be prepared whatever the weather throws at you by wearing or packing a lightweight running jacket. First and foremost, it should be sweat-wicking and breathable to keep you cool and comfortable. Then you can choose between water-resistant (showerproof) and waterproof depending on your needs. Look out for features like high visibility and reflective detail. Here are our top picks.
The backpack: A lightweight running backpack is essential for running to and from work. A running specific backpack will minimise bounce and evenly spread the weight of your kit across your back for a more comfortable ride. If you have little storage space at work look for a running backpack with around 20 litres; if you need less storage space, you can go for a smaller bag. Here are our favourites.