On Christmas Eve, I did my first ever run commute. Yesterday, I did my second. I know a couple of people that run commute regularly, and I know a few others that bike commute. Anyhow, I figured I would give it a try!
My commute is about 3.25 miles each way. The way to work is mostly downhill, and the way home is mostly uphill. It takes me about 25 minutes each way, and I can cut it down to 3 miles if I’m willing to run along more heavily trafficked roads.
I glanced around online and I found a website devoted to run commuting. There is some interesting stuff on there. Shoes. Lights. Gear. The site has all sorts of things on it. Thus far, I’ve kept it simple. I’ve left everything I need for work at work so it’s waiting for me in the morning. I’ve only carried an ID, a phone and a light.
I know what you’re thinking. Dirty. Smelly. Perhaps some variation of the two. It’s really not that bad. I’ve never been a big B.O. guy (correct me if I’m wrong). The reality is that it’s cold outside and I barely break a sweat by the time I get to work. Also, I’ve contemplated Power Shower Wipes (by Nathan), although the thought of a giant baby wipe is more disturbing to me than being a little dirty. With that being said, if I recall, blogger/runner Jen Bigham gave them a thumbs up a while back.
At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll continue to run commute occasionally or not. While it allows me to increase my weekly mileage, my concern is that they are just garbage miles – meaning they don’t contribute much to my overall fitness. The jury is still out – what do you think?
Have you ever run commuted? Bike commuted?