I recently started training for a 50k, which Jared and I will be running together on May 17th. This will be our second time running this race–the Superior Spring 50k. I haven’t written out a training program, but I’m trying to run at least 4 days a week and do a long runs on the weekend in the double digits. My longest run so far has been 12 miles.
This past week I’ve been multi-tasking with my training. I picked up a temporary job in downtown Minneapolis, which is 3 miles from our apartment, so I’ve been running to work and back every day. The run itself isn’t super scenic since it’s through the city, but I like that I can combine my training with my commute.
I’ve found that the key to a successful running commute is to pack efficiently. I bring a post-run snack, my lunch, a change of clothes and deodorant to freshen up when I get there. There aren’t any showers at work, but I clean up a little bit with paper towels and soap. So far no one has mentioned that I smell bad, so it must be working. 😉 All of these essentials are packed very tightly into a Nathan hydration pack (I took the water bladder out of so I could have extra storage space).
This is the first time I’ve ever attempted a running commute, and I wasn’t sure how it would work out. I know a lot of people who work only a couple miles from where they live but prefer not to run since they would be sweaty when they get there. There’s definitely some validity to that, and at first I thought it wouldn’t work out very well since I get chilled after I cool off if I don’t take a shower. Changing clothes and doing a quick clean-up does the trick of getting the sweat off my skin though, and I haven’t had any problems with feeling chilled or stinky during the workday. So I’m happy to report that with a little planning it’s very feasible to use your commute as a chance to run some extra miles. Try it out for youself. You may find that it will work out better than you think!