The New Run Commuters – February 2014, Part 1

After a fantastic response to January’s The New Run Commuters post, we’re back with one of two TNRC features this month. In our first, we introduce you to Chris and Tarun, two runners from different parts of the world, united not only by run commuting, but by teaching as well.

Chris, an ultramarathoner, uses running for more than just run commuting – he runs errands and picks up his daughter after school in a jogging stroller; while Tarun, takes  a more laid-back approach to running and wisely suggests easing your way into running to work to give yourself time to figure out the logistics of it all.

As always, if you are interested in being featured in an upcoming TNRC post, please submit the form at the end of this post. Thanks to everyone who has contacted us so far! It’s great hearing all of your stories and your approach to run commuting and life!

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Runner Basics

  • Name: Chris Van Dykethe run commuter, run commuting, running to work, new run commuter, running to get places, osprey stratos 24, chris van dyke
  • Age: 35
  • City/State: Brooklyn, NY
  • Profession/Employer: High School English Teacher, New York City Department of Education
  • Number of years running: 7 ½
  • # of races you participate in a year: I used to race all the time – the first year I qualified for the NYC Marathon in 2008, I ran thirteen races.  Since having kids, not many.  I always try to do the Bed-Stuy 10K, since it’s the only road race held in my neighborhood, and I like that it’s small and local and in a neighborhood most people don’t think of when they think of running.  The few races I do tend to be really long – this year it was a 24-hour ultra, last year a 50K trail run and a marathon.
  • Do you prefer road or trail (and a little about why)?  Despite the current “correct” answer being trails, I have to say I love both.  Being in Brooklyn, I really wish I could get out and run more trails, but I honestly love running in the city.  I love discovering new neighborhoods or new routes to the same locations, and try to approach any of the “disadvantages” of road-running as opportunities in disguise: hurtling a pile of garbage blocking the side-walk adds a bit of flair to one’s run.

Run Commuting Gear

  • Backpack: Osprey Stratus 24.  Super light-weight but massive capacity.  Lots of straps to keep things locked down, very roomy waist-pack pockets, and comes with a rain-cover.
  • Shoes: Mostly ultra-minimal, always zero-drop.  When the weather is warm, I wear Unshoe’s Pah Tempe sandals.  When shoes are required, I rotate between Merrell Roadgloves and Altra’s The One.  For trails or bad weather, Altra Lone Peaks
  • Clothing:  Until its freezing, shorts (Target brand) and either singlets or technical T’s, mostly just one’s I’ve gotten at races.  Basically I try to wear as little as possible whatever the weather, and push what most people think is reasonable to an extreme.  I’m used to people yelling, “Aren’t you cold?” as I pass.
  • Outerwear: When it drops into the 30’s or lower, I have a pair of CW-X tights and a Craft jacket I dropped some real cash on over five years ago and they’ve held up great.  I also have a crushable Sierra rain fly that I can toss in my pack if it looks like rain, and a pair of North Face water-proof pants.  For extreme winter weather, I’ve got a balaclava and facemask, a few pairs of layering gloves, and Yak Tracks for my shoes.  It’s all about layers; one of the advantages of running with a pack is you have somewhere to stash clothes if you get too hot, or keep a raincoat just in case.
  • Headgear: Normally just a visor.  Running hat in the autumn; skully when its freezing. 
  • Lights:  The streets of Brooklyn are pretty well-lit any time of day, so I don’t really use lights.  I do have a Black-Diamond head-lamp and a few clip-on flashing lights in my bag just in case.
  • Hydration:  Typically nothing, as my commute isn’t that long.  If I’m going longer, I’m a fan of hand-helds.  I have a 20oz Amphipod and an Ultimate Direction Quickdraw.  Mostly that’s for long weekend runs, not commuting.

On Run Commuting

Why did you decide to start run commuting?

I’ve been running for years, and it’s my favorite way to get around New York.   Once my kids were born it got harder and harder to find time to fit in runs, and at the same time I started teaching at a new school that was less than 3 miles from my apartment.  My school is in East Flatbush, which is nowhere near a subway line, so my only public transportation option is bus, which I hate: buses are crowded, slow, and you can waste so much time just waiting for them.   At first I biked to work and would run once in a while, but after my bike was stolen, I took it as an opportunity to step up my run commute.

How often do you run commute?

Five days a week, to and from work.  I’ve run both ways every day since the school year started, with only two exceptions.  I took off the Friday before a 24-hour ultra, and I got a ride after work to the staff Holiday party.  Other than that, I’ve run every day.

How far is your commute?

2.5 miles each way, so 5 miles total.  Sometimes longer if I have errands to run – if I have to stop by the post-office, grocery store, or pick up my daughter at school, it can add up to 2 miles to the trip home.

Do you pack or buy a lunch?

Pack.  I actually make myself a massive salad every day for lunch.  I have a mini-fridge at work, and I run in supplies a few times a week.  Fridays I run my salad bowl, knife, utensils, and cutting board home to run them through the dishwasher, then run them in with lots of veggies on Monday.  Any day of the week my pack might have home-made baked tofu, garbanzo beans, a couple of avocados, spinach, carrots, or bags of brewer’s yeast.   I amuse my students by pulling just about anything out of by bag.

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Chris runs his lunch supplies in to work every week.

What do you like most about run commuting?

What’s not to like?  I get to fit in a run every day and avoid a bus or car commute – it’s like finding free time in your day!  How often can you straight up trade something you hate for something you love?  I love starting the day with exercise, and ending work with some stress-relief.  And once I’m at work, it forces me to get in the run home and gets past excuses and lazy days.  Every so often I don’t want to run home but don’t have any choice, then end up loving my run. 

My absolute favorite part, however, is the small group of “friends” I’ve made over the last year along my route, strangers I see every few days who wave and say hi, since I’m the only person running in East Flatbush in the morning.  There’s a woman at one of the housing projects who calls me “sexy legs” whenever she sees me, and that always shaves a few minutes off my time.  Last week some guy stopped me to say I’d inspired him to start running again.  Then there’s a mom who walks her two sons to school in the morning, and I pass them almost every day.  We always say hi, and this year we exchanged Christmas cards.  It reminds me that Brooklyn isn’t so much one big city as a whole lot of small towns just crammed together.

Do you know of anyone else in your area that runs to work?  

No.  I’ve got a number of co-workers who bike, but I’m the only one who runs.  I’m pretty much the only person I see running in this part of Brooklyn ever. 

When not run commuting, how do you get to work?  

My school is a mile from the subway, so it would have to be the bus, as I don’t own a car.  The bus I’d take, the B47, takes me, on average, 45 minutes.  I can run my commute in 25 minutes if I’m lazy, sub-20 if I’m pushing myself.  If I wasn’t running I’d bike, but frankly I prefer running.  Much more relaxing, and a lot less maintenance. Basically, I don’t think of there as being options – I run, period.  I run in the snow, in the rain, in the dark.  I ran during the polar vortex in negative 15.  If there’s going to be severe weather or I have to take in books or clothes, I don’t think “How am I going to get to work?” I think “How am I going to do this while running?”  With the right gear and a bit of stubbornness, anything is runnable.

If you could give one piece of advice to anyone who was considering run commuting, what would it be? 

Just do it – the logistics really are a lot less daunting that you think.  Once you have a few work outfits at the office (and a can of body spray!) you’re set on that end.  A good pack is really the only essential “specialty” gear, and since you’ll spend a lot of time with it, try it on and spend enough to get something comfortable that suits your needs.  But you’d be surprised that, with a little planning a head, how little you actually need to get you to work.  I’m lucky, in that I’ve got an easy distance to do round-trip, but it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  Run to the commuter train or bus stop; get a ride and run the last 5 miles.  Break the route into a runnable chunk and then do it.  I’m also a huge fan of pod-casts when I run.  At some point, your run does just become a commute, some distance you have to cover to get to work or to get home.  I try to find enjoyment in every run, but sometimes, when its dark and cold, I just need to tune out with some NPR Pop-Culture Happy Hour and commute.

Anything else that you would like to include?

Work doesn’t have to be the only “practical” destination for a run – the post office, drug-store, even small grocery trips can be a place you can fit in a run.  I’m fortunate that New York City is so compact, so much of what I need is within runnable distance.  After you factor in how long you have to wait for a train or a bus, or to look for parking, running is one of the most efficient ways to move around the city.  Once I realized that, I started running most of my errands.  That’s when a good pack is essential.  I can fit most daily grocery needs in my pack.  At an extreme, I’ve run two miles home with 20 pounds of dog-food on my back and a USPS package under one arm.  I’ve got a massive BOB double-jogging stroller, so I can run my kids to the park, with me to store, to gym class.  If you decide to run home 4 miles after a staff happy-hour, I do suggest you stop after the third beer.

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Runner Basics

  • Name: Tarun Rajanthe run commuter, run commuting, running to work, new run commuter, running to get places, tarun rajan
  • Age: 31
  • City/State: Sydney/NSW/Australia
  • Profession/Employer: Biology Teacher at Macquarie University
  • Number of years running: 4
  • # of races you participate in a year: Did four last year, with hopes of doing more this year.
  • Do you prefer road or trail (and a little about why)? I like running trails, but for the sheer ease of getting out and doing it, road running works for me.

 Run Commuting Gear

  •  Backpack: I currently use a High Sierra 14L backpack that I picked up from Costco for not much. I removed the bladder from it to make room for things to carry to work.
  • Shoes: I have big dreams of running bare feet, but for now I pound the road in Brooks Ravenna 4.
  • Clothing: I use the running singlets that get given out at races and just about any shorts I have sitting in the cupboard.
  • Outerwear: It doesn’t get that cold in Sydney during winter. I don’t own a jacket or a base layer. Generally just run with a singlet or t-shirt on.
  • Headgear: Don’t wear one.
  • Lights: I run on dedicated cycleways which are well illuminated. Haven’t bothered purchasing one.
  • Hydration: I use a Caribee 1.5 hydration pack for my longer runs (15+km). I just drink plenty of water when I’m home or once I reach work.

On Run Commuting

Why did you decide to start run commuting?

It’s good from a time management and financial perspective (don’t have to worry about parking tickets, petrol). I’ve only been doing this for 3 months though, so am fairly new.

How often do you run commute?

I run commute thrice a week (to and fro.)

How far is your commute?

Distance ranges from 6.5 to 10km depending on which route I take. If I’m in a hurry, I take the shortest route, but some days I run the longer distance just to mix it up.

Do you pack or buy a lunch?

I bring lunch from home everyday. I’ve got some decent Tupperware boxes which I cover in a plastic bag and put in my backpack.

What do you like most about run commuting?

It’s cheap, convenient and faster to get around during peak hours and I’ve heard some say it’s not too bad for your health either! Other commuters (bike, run) acknowledge you and it provides some motivation.

Do you know of anyone else in your area that runs to work?

Glen, my mate, is a God at running. He clocks some amazing mileage. He’s a real inspiration. I’ve taken to run commuting after him. He’s just so good at it. At this point in time, I only know of us two commuting to work on foot.

When not run commuting, how do you get to work?

I ride the bike to work twice a week (on Mondays and Fridays). I get my clothes for the week in a bigger backpack and store in the locker. Work is great, in that we have showers and lockers.

If you could give one piece of advice to anyone who was considering run commuting, what would it be?

Logistics are definitely a big issue. It takes a few goes to see what works for you. Take only what is essential, try and get it to work on days when you aren’t running.  Try and ease into commuting.  

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Review: Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack

Have you ever wanted to run somewhere with a chair strapped to your back? How about two? With the Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack anything is possible.

The idea for this pack emerged when a cyclist wanted to bring a chair with him to the beach. As occasional/regular bike commuters ourselves, we know how hard transporting oddly-shaped items via bike can be. And yes, there are times as an alternative commuter when you need to transport such things to work (or home), but realize it’s just going to have be a driving day. Sure, there are exceptions to this; like the dude who ran over a thousand miles with a refrigerator on his back, however, the Granite Rocx Tahoe fills in the middle ground between normal and crazy insane transportation quite well.

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Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack (R) with Insulated Cooler (L)

Front: Attached to the front of the pack is a cooler. Yep. A backpack cooler. And, one that has fairly substantial volume, at that. It can easily hold a 64-ounce growler of beer or a twelve pack of cans. The cooler bag is fully insulated, has a zippered top, front and back pouches, a carrying handle, and a removable carrying strap. It’s actually a pretty nice bag on it’s own. The cooler attaches to the backpack with three, sturdy buckles. 

On the backpack itself, a crisscrossed, adjustable bungee system covers the front panel, allowing for items such as spare jackets, towels, or even yoga mats to be attached securely. Inside the spacious, zippered front panel are several pouches that can hold a variety items you want quick access to, from pens and pencils, to cell phones, wallets, and books.

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Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack – Front View. The three buckles on the top and sides are for attaching cooler.

Sides:  Mesh side pockets with stretchable, elastic openings are located on both sides of the pack. These are useful for carrying water bottles and small items, such as keys or anything to which you want reach-around access.

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Granite Rocx Tahoe – Side View

Main Compartment: This thing can only be described as cavernous. There are no pouches, key attachments, or zippered pockets inside, just wide open space in which a great deal of cargo can be carried. My rough calculations put it at 1,440 cubic inches.

With a total volume of 2,135 cubic inches, the Tahoe is the largest pack by far we’ve ever reviewed. To give you an idea of the difference, the next closest pack we’ve tried out – the LatLock E70 – was only 1,428 cu. in.

Bottom: The bottom of the pack has room for carrying even more items. Two adjustable, buckled straps will easily hold a camp chair, mattress pad, or even a tent. This is a feature normally seen on external frame packs, and it’s cool to see it on a daypack for once.

Back Compartment: This is where the Tahoe separates itself from every other pack on the market. When unzipped, the front of the pack falls away from the back, unveiling a space bound by three, 22-inch long cinch straps, which can be buckled and unbuckled to wrap around and secure your cargo. What sort of cargo? The pack was designed to hold folding chairs, but any sort of fold-flat, sturdy item would work equally as well. Like a two-burner, propane camping stove, for example. 

Suspension: The shoulder straps are wide, medium-padded and curve outward, attaching at the bottom corners of the pack. The left strap has a small mesh pocket that fits a set of keys or a small cell phone (but not a larger smart phone).The waist strap has 4.5 inches of padding on each side where it hits the hip, and is connected in the middle by a large plastic buckle with strap wranglers. The sternum strap is adjustable and also includes a strap wrangler. 

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Granite Rocx Tahoe – Suspension Setup

On the Run 

Scenario 1: Backpack only, full contents.

Scenario 2: Full contents, with a folding chair.

Note: I used a standard folding chair, as opposed to this type of chair, because the one I used folds up narrower, and doesn’t hinder arm movement while running as much.

Scenario 3: Full contents, with a folding chair and a camp chair.

Bounce and Shake Test: Not bad…

Performance and Evaluation:

This is a great pack for cycling or even on a scooter. In fact, I transported all of the items in the videos by scooter and it worked really, really well. 

By itself, The Granite Rocx Tahoe worked just fine for running. It has most features of a good run commuting pack; waist strap, strernum strap, etc., but it could use external compression straps to keep internal items from moving around too much. It would definitely work fine for regular run commuting.

Running with a folding chair worked pretty well. There was some movement of the chair, but it was minimal. And, you don’t notice it too much because the back panel of the pack stays very tightly secured against your back, while the extra movement feels like it is happening completely indepedently.

When a collapsible camp chair was added underneath, I expected it to feel extremely awkward on the run, however, I was very surprised to find otherwise. My hands and arms never touched the camp chair while running, and it wasn’t bouncing against my backside like I expected. It took a little getting used to, but I could see myself occassionaly running with this cargo load for a few miles with little problems.

Specifications:

  • Material: 420D Ripstop Nylon
  • Volume: 35 Liters
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • Dimensions (inches): 13 x 7.5 x 19.5
  • Cost: $65.00. Available through the Granite Rocx website.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack for free from Granite Rocx as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

Back to School

Kids Running

Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later. ~Dana Stewart Scott

I love the smell of juice boxes in the morning. ~Robert Duval

I think that when you get dressed in the morning, sometimes you’re really making a decision about your behavior for the day. Like if you put on flipflops, you’re saying: ‘Hope I don’t get chased today.’ ‘Be nice to people in sneakers.’ ~Demetri Martin

Are you one of the elusive run commuting parents out there? Do your days now look something like this?

Both of my kids are now in school. Our 4.5-year-old and 11-year-old started Pre-K and 6th grade (respectively) on Monday. In a flurry of planning, packing, lunch-making, and last-second coordination, they were off and arrived on time for their first days at school. On days where everything goes well and as-planned, life is good. But nevertheless, their new schedules affect our old schedules. Here is what a typical day in a running and cycling household looks like.

  • 5:30am: Josh wakes up, gets ready for work, packs lunches

  • 6:00am: 11-year-old “wakes up”, prepares himself for the day

  • 6:45am/7:00am: 11-year-old needs to be out the door to catch a bus

  • 7:00am: Rebecca and 4.5-year-old wake up, start getting ready

  • 7:30am: Josh’s No Later Than (NLT) time to leave in order to run commute

  • 8:00am: Rebecca leaves with 4.5-year-old to drop him off at school

  • 8:15am: Josh arrives at work

  • 8:20am: Rebecca drops car off at home, gets ready for work, bike commutes to office

  • — Kid’s in school, adults at work —

  • 4:30pm: 11-year-old arrives at drop off point 1 mile from home

  • 4:50pm: Josh leaves work, catches train, runs home from train station nearest home

  • 5:30pm: Josh arrives home, hops into car and heads out to pick up 4.5-year-old

  • 6:00-6:30pm: Everyone is finally home…

This isn’t terribly different from what our schedule was before they were in school, since there was daycare and summer camp, but we have definitely had to make some adjustments this week. And this makes for some interesting conundrums; like this one – How does the 11-year-old get home at 4:30 while we’re both still at work?

Walking, our preferred method, is unfortunately dangerous – traffic is ridiculously fast, red light runners are rampant, street crossings are inadequate, and there is very little foot traffic at all. Thankfully, we have an awesome neighbor whose son in our son’s class that he catches a ride with once he gets off the bus. We may be able to pair him up with another walker or two as time goes on, but for now this will work. Aside from a couple of quirks like that, there are time constraints that we have to deal with, too.

I pick up the 4.5-year-old, but what if I have to stay a few minutes late at work? Will I be able to catch a train and run home with enough time to make it to his school without incurring exorbitant, ransom fees and (equally painful) cold, hard stares from his keepers?

And another – Running behind schedule. If I can’t make my 7:30 hit time for leaving the house, I can only run part way to work. I have to run to a train station a couple of miles away and ride transit in to work to make it in time. It’s frustrating cutting a run short early in the morning.

So while we, as parents, celebrate the return of our children to school, hopefully, we, as run commuters, can still make our preferred commutes happen on a regular basis. 

For the run commuter parents/child-rearers out there – Does your kid’s school schedule conflict with your run commute? What are your challenges? How much do you adjust your commute to make things work? Are you a seasonal (school breaks) run commuter?

 

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What has TRC been up to lately?

Hey Run Commuters,

We just wanted to let you know what’s been going on in the land of run commuting over these past few weeks.

Atlanta Streets Alive!

Run Commuter Marathon Relay

On October 7th, TRC organized a marathon relay along the Streets Alive route (we were #62 on the map).

We had a lot of fun with this.  Many people stopped by and inquired about run commuting, or told us about their own run commutes.  The sports editor of Urban China magazine (who wrote about us in one of their issues) even stopped by!  She’s now pursuing a post-grad degree at Georgia Tech.

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Is Run Commuting a Movement?

Did anyone see this question in the latest edition of Runner’s World?

“Ask Miles.” Runner’s World, October 2012:18.

We were asked whether we thought run commuting was a movement earlier this year during the WalkJogRun interview (though it was later edited out).  I said that I didn’t think so.  But since then, it really does seem like it has been taking off.

We’ve heard from some readers who have been running to work for years, some who just started last week, and others who have started running to work with their friends/coworkers.  Many of you are current or former bike commuters.  Some are run commuting to train for marathons and ultramarathons.  All of you are runners…

I want run commuting to be a movement.  I want it to gain momentum and, drawing from Runner’s World poll question, become a “realistic option” for getting to and from work.  Where do we start?

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First Timers

It seems like a lot of people have been trying run commuting lately.  There are many possible reasons for that, including nicer weather, training for upcoming races, or maybe,  just maybe, it’s starting to catch on…  Whatever it may be, here are a few recent stories or posts from or about people new to run commuting.   Check out the rest of their sites, too, and show a few fellow bloggers some love!

Kristin’s Fitness Nook: The adventures of running to work a.k.a. – dodge car

It’s a yellow light, I can make it! CRAP, go faster, go faster.

Please see me car. Oh good, you did.

Seriously…it’s f-in hot at 7am!

What are you looking at d-bag in your jacked-up gas guzzler.

McDonald’s drivethru packed…no comment.

I cannot wait to sleep in on Saturday.

Yeah, someone else running to work…no, they’re just teenagers trudging along for summer training.

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Run Commuter Buddy – Eli

Eli contacted me a few weeks ago and wanted to set up a run commute.  He lives close by, so it worked out very well.  We lit out at 7:00 in the morning last week, arriving 45 minutes later at his place of work 5.5 miles away, with plenty of time left over to talk some more before he had to head in and hit the shower.   He ran with a Nathan HPL Race Vest.

Check with some of your local running clubs or ask a running friend to try running to work sometime with you.  It’s a great way to change up your old routine – or start a  new one!

Start Slow, Then Taper:  Run to Work Day

Monday – I ran to work. My car battery died Sunday afternoon before I was to go for a run. After taking my wife’s car out to go run at Lake Conestee, it was too late to take the battery to get checked – priorities you know!

I only live 4-5 miles from work, depending on the route, so it was very manageable. What made it a little more interesting was the fact that I had to carry my laptop and my clothes/shoes for work. My camelbak was full!

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Barefoot Runners Society: First Try at Run Commuting

RunningPirate’s Part One

Today, I made my first try at run commuting. I’ve been toying with this for about a month or so – that’s when I heard about the concept of running to work. Up to this point, I’ve been bicycle commuting and either running on my days off, or doing a short run at lunch. When I heard of run commuting, it opened up some new possibilities.

My commute is broken up into different sections, so I run BFR the first 2.4 mi to the local train station, take the train south for a bit, and then run shod the remaining 3.8 mi in to work. Over time, the plan is to gradually increase my BFR mileage (using the 10%/week rule) so that the entire run is barefoot. As of yet, I am not running home, but that can become a possibility in the near future. Ultimately, the thought is to run the entire 11 miles in to work.

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RunningPirate’s Part Two

I took my second swing at run commuting, today. Did the same route and run/mass transit distribution as last time. I did, however, learn that my route is 0.3 miles shorter than I originally thought – a discrepancy between manual mapping and real-time mapping with MapMyRun. I understand this is quite silly to fret over, but I’m still a little bit of a data junkie.

Anyway….

I tried a couple of different things, this week. Last week, I was having problems with the shoulder straps loosening while I was running, which led to the pack wagging left and right while I was running. Also, when I got to work, my lunch salad was…well, let’s just say that all the jostling made it less than crisp.

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TalkJogRun Interview with The Run Commuter

On Monday, Kyle and I sat down for a chat with Caitlin Seick of WalkJogRun, a popular running route finding and planning website, and talked all about run commuting. WalkJogRun’s iPad app recently  hit #7 in the health and fitness category, so check it out now, hipster, so you can say you knew all about it before it was #1. Blog post with audio/podcast below.

Article:  Running To Work – WalkBlogRun

Traffic Report

Terry:   “Now we turn to Stephanie, our W-TRC traffic reporter. How’s it look out there, Stephanie?”

Stephanie:   “It’s a pretty typical commute out here, Terry. We’ll start with the roads. Drivers, we have delays due to a crash and car fire on the inner loop of the beltway and a resulting gaper delay on the outer loop. The Thruway is jammed due to a jackknifed tractor-trailer. Authorities are on their way and only the shoulder is getting by at the moment. Expect delays on the interstate as the tolls increased today by 50¢ and the fast-toll lanes are malfunctioning. A tech is on the scene. Watch out as the cross-connector highway is running slowly in both directions; kind of strange for this time of day. Finally, everyone is scrambling over to the local roads due to troubled highways, so the overflow is making them slow.

“On the City Transit Trains there are delays on the North-South line due to unscheduled track maintenance. The East-West lines are also slow due to a water-main break near the tracks. The drivers have turned off the auto-driver program through the wet area, so manual driving is causing delays. And there’s a cracked rail outside the City Center station; they are single-tracking it through there. Riders should also check the City Transit website for a large number of escalator and elevator outages.

“Finally, Bike and Run Commuters, it’s all clear for you. Go get out there.”

Where to Run (or How to Survive in the War Against Cars)

Lately, it seems like there has been an increase in running-related accidents (Tim Nelson of Seattle, and Sophie of TRC) or near-accidents (myself) everywhere you turn, so I thought it would be a good time to talk about where to run.  I’m not talking about the safest or best cities for running – I mean where you position yourself while running in an urban, suburban, or rural environment.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest data, 4,092 pedestrians (runners included) were killed in traffic crashes in 2009.  That number has been nearly unchanged for 10 years.  While you are more likely to die in a very specific situation – In an urban environment at night with normal weather at a non-intersection – where are runner’s most safe?

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In The News: The Flintstone Commute

The Real Flintstones

The Real Flintstones

A reporter for the Arts and Life section of The Daily, an iPad-exclusive national e-newspaper, recently delved into the mysterious – nay, ‘prehistoric’ – world of run commuting, even going so far as trying it himself for two weeks.  Now that’s dedication that we here at TRC can appreciate.

Bill Bradley interviewed long distance run commuter, Bob Heskovitz, who shared some solid tips on running to work.  In addition to the article, Bradley reviewed a few of the smaller running backpacks, too, including the Osprey Manta 20.

Article: The Flintstone Commute: Running to work is good for your health and your schedule

Pack Reviews: The Right Stuff