In 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.
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.
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.