Blog Run Commute

How To Run Commute

I’ve only been running regularly since January 2014. Shortly after adding running to my daily routine I wanted to try run commuting. It took a while to build my milage and prepare for my 12 mile round trip commute to work. Finally in April of this year the weather in Seattle and my milage finally aligned allowing me to start run commuting.

When people find out I run to work I get a lot of questions about how it works. In this post I’m going to explain how I run commute and hopefully encourage you to give it a try. I’m going to write another post about the gear I use.

Run Commute Prep

Backpack: Osprey Rev 18, Shoes: Hoka One One Clifton, Watch: Garmin 620, Compressport calf sleeves (normally only for sore tired mornings)

At it’s core run commuting is simple. But commuting with a small backpack does have some challenges and requires preparation. When I’ve properly planned my week my backpack only contains my morning smoothie, wallet, keys, and cell phone.

I am a software developer. So I work on a computer all day long and I need to do some work at home. Luckily I’m able to remotely access everything I need from my home computer. This allows me to leave my laptop at work which saves a ton of weight and headaches.

My office building has a shower room with lockers. This allows me to easily leave clothes at work and get cleaned up after my run in. If you don’t have a locker room at work don’t get discouraged you can still make run commuting work for you.

At work I wear dress shoes, slacks, and a button up shirt because of my employer’s dress code. To save weight in my pack I leave my shoes and belt at work. I only run commute 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). This allows me to bring my clothes on Tuesday and Thursday for the next days commute. In addition to work clothes I also bring a return set of running clothes because who wants to wear sweaty running clothes a second time.

The run home is very simple and doesn’t require any planning. On my return run my backpack contains my clothes from my morning run, wallet, keys, and cell phone. I normally leave my work clothes in my locker until the next day when I’m not running home.

Keep it simple and give run commuting a try.

 

 

Blog Runs

Accidental 50k

Last week my long run started out as an easy 20 miler. But, when I felt good around the half marathon point I changed my plan and figured I would do my first marathon. A few wrong turns and running the completely wrong way quickly turned my marathon into a 31 mile run.

Since I planned on doing an easy long run my pace was very comfortable. Even at an easy pace adding 11 miles to my furthest distance to date wasn’t something my body was ready for. Around mile 22 my energy level started to tank and my pace went from low 9 min to high 10 min. I started walking up hills to save my energy so I could make it back home. I don’t think my nutrition was the problem I think my body just wasn’t ready for that distance. During the run I had an GU Energy Gel every 3 miles and consumed plenty of water from my 2-Liter Nathan HPL #020. I even topped off the hydration pack twice during the run.

As I laid in my backyard after the run I had a huge sense of accomplishment and pride. The next day my muscles felt ok but my achilles tendonitis flared up in my right heel causing me to take 4 days completely off.  Overall, I’m very proud I was able to complete the 50k. Next time I will train and plan for that distance.

 

Take way lessons from my 50k.

  1. Don’t increase your longest run distance too quickly.
  2. Changing your run plan mid flight isn’t always a good idea.
  3. Getting lost can increase your mileage quickly.
  4. Even at a slower pace the wall is real and it comes quickly!
  5. Chafing can happen in very uncomfortable locations.
  6. Respect the distances.
  7. People will question your sanity.