For the first time ever, I ran to work.
Or at least… I ran to the gym next to work.
Okay, fine, I attempted to run to the gym next to work, but only got in 5km out of 7.5km because I got too tired for my liking and my overall pace was about 1 min/km slower than what it usually is.
I have to emphasize that it was my OVERALL pace. That means I was running a hell of a lot slower at some points and at my usual pace at other times.
I also ran with this daypack:
The Gregory Maya 10 has a nice big pocket for a hydration pack right on the back with a small latch on the shoulder straps to secure the hose and valve pretty easily. So, instead of carrying around a water bottle, I just filled my hydration bladder to about 1L and slid it right in!
That was probably the best idea I had about run commuting since I freed up my hands and could focus more about form.
The worst idea I had about run commuting is bringing 1L of water! That’s 1kg of extra weight on your back, not including clothes, make-up, flats and essentials!
This is what else I learned:
- Running along the subway route provides a great alternative to finish the commute to work if you’re gassed out (like I was)
- A gym nearby with a place to stretch, has towel service and showers literally saves a lot of weight off your back
- Consider leaving a pair of nicer looking shoes at work so you don’t have to bring a pair ALL THE TIME
- Travel sized toiletries and makeup are the best thing ever
- A 10L daypack is not big enough to carry more than clothes and shoes
- I find it a lot easier to run to work than from work
- There’s a ton of people who workout before starting the work day! Holy crap!
- Changing too many things about a workout routine at once results in really, really low energy even if you eat enough
- Freeing up the evening while getting a workout for the day is so liberating…
This was on Wednesday. I also attempted a double workout yesterday with a run commute and climbing after work, which I’ll report on next, and I’m feeling pretty okay today! I think this will definitely be incorporated into my HM training from now on.
Of course, this means that I’ll probably have more ~*amazing*~ gems of advice from my run commutes.