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HOW TO START RUN COMMUTING


Outsmarting rush hour traffic, avoiding public transport, getting healthy, saving money…the perks of run commuting are pretty much endless, but getting started is a pretty scary thought. So we thought we’d make it easy for you – here’s our ultimate guide to getting your run commute underway and never looking back. You’re welcome.

The gear

Other than your basic running gear, there's not much you need to get your run commute on. There are some basics you need to nail though:

Running shoes

We don’t need to tell you that if you’re going running, you’ll need a great pair of running shoes. If your commute is on roads and pavements, the right pair of road running shoes will offer support and cushioning – which you’ll need for taking on a run commute.

Running jacket

We don’t need to tell you that if you’re going running, you’ll need a great pair of running shoes. If your commute is on roads and pavements, the right pair of road running shoes will offer support and cushioning – which you’ll need for taking on a run commute.

Running pack

A lightweight running pack will minimise bounce and evenly spread the weight of your kit across your back for a more comfortable ride. If you have little storage at work, look for a capacity of around 20L; if you have more storage you can go for a smaller pack.

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Tips for run commuting

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. 

Run home

If you can’t shower at work, run your commute home instead. Depending on the length of your journey, a one-way run commute is enough to give you a good workout, and then you can wash at home. Plus, you 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.

Run 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. 

Pack savvy

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: 

  • Business outfit
  • Smart shoes
  • Underwear
  • Loose change
  • Deodorant
  • Baby wipes
  • Towel

You could try bringing spare clothes in on Monday and taking home worn clothes and towels on Friday.

Dry bags

Separate bags will always come in handy, whether it's a large dry bag for your dirty kit or a smaller one to protect your phone from the rain.


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