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Run Commute!

The Run CommuterIn theory I am a proponent of public transit.  Having grown up in urban areas taking busses, trains and ferries my whole life I’m all for cheap and effective transportation for the masses. But man… maybe it’s me getting on in years or getting soft or it could be that I’ve just seen one too many dudes drop a deuce in a moving subway car but I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE!

Luckily for me I just started a new gig and said gig is just under 3.5 miles from my apartment.  3.5 miles just so happens to be the distance I’m pretty comfortable running these days. You probably see where my thought process is going with this… “I could run commute!”  What better way to get my miles in and avoid the human interaction I seem to abhor so much.

The North Face Pickford Rolltop bag... probably not the best bag for the job but it actually did alright.

The North Face Pickford Rolltop bag… probably not the best bag for the job but it actually did alright.

So, how do you go about the logistics of run commuting? Thank goodness for the internet. A few quick clicks and Jeeves had served up a plethora of information about the ins and outs of run commuting.  The most helpful site I came across was from the bros over at The Run Commuter specifically their post on becoming a run commuter.  They lay out a number of different ways to go about the task of propelling yourself to the office; run both ways, run to work, run home or a combination of all three. (there’s even a post for an easy to make and tasty veggie wrap)

Today I figured I’d give it a go. Lucky for me I had the cutest chauffeur in the business to drop me off at work in the morning so I only had to worry about running one way.

In my pack I had my two veggie wraps, notebook, laptop and my run gear which consisted of a pair of sweats (it’s been super cold (well, california cold) lately), sports shirt, my nike frees and my brand new Eddie Bauer Sandstone jacket. In my office building there is a little locker room so at the end of the day I dipped in and changed into my running gear stashing my work clothes in my bag for the trip home.

Can't say enough about the Eddie Bauer Sandstone hoodie. It kept the wind and cold away but didn't get clammy as I was sweating the miles away.

Can’t say enough about the Eddie Bauer Sandstone hoodie. It kept the wind and cold away but didn’t get clammy as I was sweating the miles away.

I left the office right as the sun was setting and trudged along the slight uphill all the way home.  Running with my bag wasn’t too bad, though with about a half mile to go I started to get some pretty sharp soreness in my shoulders (maybe I need to shop for a new bag!!!!) but by that point I was just about home and wasn’t about to stop.  The run itself wasn’t anything too spectacular, in fact it’s a rather bland and exhaust filled stretch of road through a somewhat sketchy party of town but moving along rather quickly I felt safe (I’m 6’8″ tall and 250 lbs so that helps some too).

I’d love to keep this up, it was a great way to get a maintenance run out of the way and I got home only about 5 minutes after I would have via the bus. As my stamina builds I may look into running both to and from work or bringing some gear to go for a lunchtime run, but for now I’m going to call this run home a successful first run commute.

8 Responses to Run Commute!

  1. Larry December 10, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    this would be such an awesome option to have. i actually think i could do this too… but there’s just a monster hill… maybe i’ll start making it happen…

    • Larry December 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      ha, less than two miles to my work. just an annoying hill to deal with… I’m going to have to start doing this from time to time.

      • Clarke Forrest December 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

        “Annoying” is an understatement for Texas St. That thing is a MONSTER.

      • Matt December 10, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

        good training for TNF 2014.

        • Larry December 10, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

          yeah, hills are totally horrible, but they are amazing for training. they’re borderline required if you have any desire to get better times.

    • Jeff O. December 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

      I actually kind of like running hills… probably a due to the fact that I grew up in SF. The up and down keeps things interesting (as long as there is a down!)

  2. Matt December 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    they have showers at my office, been thinking about doing a bus into the city, then run to work and vice versa thing… just a little over 2.5 flat miles if i go along embarcadero…

    • Jeff O. December 10, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

      You could run to the Ferry… probably about 3.5 miles to Jack London. I was thinking about this when I was still working in the city; run to the ferry, cool down on ferry ride, get cleaned up at gym in SF, then go to work.

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