What it takes to be a Run Commuter
If you’re looking to find more time in your life, running to work might be the solution. As life gets busy, cutting out that morning run might be tempting. By combining your morning commute with your morning workout, you could gain hours back in your life and become a run commuter.
In April of 2010, my car died. Rather than replace it, my wife and I decided to become a one car family. She works downtown, but I was working in Arden Hills. My schedule is more flexible than hers, so I took it upon myself to come up with a creative solution to get there. After some investigation, I realized I could use Metro Transit. I also realized it was only 7.5 miles door to door if I took some trails.
What if I ran?
By running to work, I save time and money. Instead of running for an hour, getting ready, then catching a bus (or driving), I run to work and eliminate the commute time. On average, this saves me 2 – 3 hours per week. It also saves about $120/month (not to mention a new car payment).
Before you consider this, there are some things you should consider about being a run commuter.
What you need to Run Commute
- A way to get home. Since I live on a bus line, this is not a problem. However, because my bus only runs once an hour (to the burbs), I need to really plan my day. This is actually a good thing as I end up working less.
- A shower. Many offices have at least one shower available to employees. I’m fortunate enough to have a locker room, so I can leave stuff there. If you don’t have access to a shower, perhaps running from work is a better option.
- A place for your stuff. Being able to leave shower essentials in my locker is incredibly helpful. Even if you only have a small cubicle, leaving some items at work will save a lot of headache. In addition to shower stuff, I also leave some extra “personal” items just in case.
- A small running pack. It’s helpful if you can find a good, small bag to run with. Some people use backpacks and carry everything. I prefer the REI Single Shot. It’s the perfect size for keys, wallet, phone, and other small stuff I may not want to leave behind.
- A daily plan. The most difficult part of turning into a run commuter is the planning. “If I wear my brown shoes today, I have to leave my black shoes at work, which means I need to plan what I’m going to wear in two days.” Sounds ridiculous, I know, but you don’t want to be the guy wearing brown dress shoes, black slacks, and an old running t-shirt. The day before I’m going to run to work, I simply pack a bag, then leave it in my locker.
If you’re looking to find some more hours in your day, running to work might be a good solution. Not only will you save time, but you’ll save money and help the environment too.