Is the distance reasonable and are the routes safe?1 of 8
If you live 30 miles away from the office, a run commute might not be in the cards (unless you can take public transit part of the way!). However, if you live between 2 and 10 miles from work, a run commute is feasible, at least sometimes.
Think about how you'll travel to or from work—highways are fine for cars and buses, but they aren't safe routes for runners. Look online at maps, and scout out a well-lit route with minimal traffic ahead of time.
Will you need to shower?2 of 8
If you're running home from work, this probably won't be an issue—just bring your running gear with you to work and change in the bathroom. But if you want to run to work, you'll need to get creative. Does your office have a shower you could use? Is there a gym with locker rooms nearby? If you don't sweat heavily, you might even be able to get away with baby wipes and deodorant (we won't tell—promise!).
What will you need to bring with you?3 of 8
And how will you carry it? Many run commuters use a small backpack or waist pouch to carry essentials, such as their phone, wallet and keys. If you'll be running to work and will need clean clothes, plan ahead and drop off your work attire the day before. Don't forget to make a plan for extras like a work computer or lunch. Run commuting is a great way to multitask, but it can take some organization to get it right.
Would you rather commute to or from work?4 of 8
Some runners prefer getting their run out of the way nice and early, others love the stress relief that comes from a post-work run. Don't forget to take weather and sunlight into consideration. For example, if you're running during the summer, an early morning run might feel better than steamy afternoon miles.
What's your transportation plan for the other end of your commute?5 of 8
For example, if you plan to run to the office in the morning, what are your options for getting home in the evening? Consider public transportation or carpooling with a friend.
Do you have a backup plan?6 of 8
What if it starts to rain or your foot begins hurting halfway through your commute? Is there a good public transit option you could take or a friend with a car you could call?
Will you want on-the-run entertainment?7 of 8
Perhaps a co-worker would be willing to join you for a few miles (nothing makes time pass quickly like a little office gossip), or maybe you'll want to catch up on your favorite podcasts. Whatever you choose, be sure to remain aware of your surroundings. Happy run-commuting!