Running with the Hayneses

My Running Commute

 

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).

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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!

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  1. Great that the running commute is working out for you. I recently started doing a trail run on my lunch break to get in some extra miles and I’ve been doing the same thing as you. Wet towel to cool down, baby wipes, deoderant, and cologne. I think I wash up better after my run than I do before work LOL.

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