Review: Skulltec gel-filled beanie

We sometimes are offered opportunity to review products, usually running-related ones. Some are unrelated, or so at first it would seem, but, hey, we’re running to work here, gang; we’re doing something outside the norm. We can look at some seemingly-unrelated-to-running products and review them in that light.

And so I offer for your consideration Skulltec.

SOYBEAN POWERED PROTECTION

Hall dons the Skulltec and becomes a French Popeye with a claimed 25-percent reduction in likely brain injury.

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By |2016-10-22T20:26:37+00:00May 30th, 2014|Categories: Gear, General|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Choosing a Running Backpack: A Few Tips and the Deuter Race X

During my run back home today, I saw a lady running with a fully loaded Osprey Stratos 34 (2,000 cubic inches – 34 litres) on her back. Osprey makes amazing backpacks, but that particular one on this lady’s back – whom was no more than 125 pounds after a good meal (50 kg), was just too big, to a point where her running stride was clearly impeded by it as the weight of the pack was constantly shifting from one side to the other.

Choosing a backpack to run commute is not just like choosing any pack back. First, you want it as light as possible, even when packed. And, not only does it have to be well-adjusted, but it has to stay well-adjusted WHILE RUNNING. Finally, it must also be slim enough on your back as to not impede your running action, particularly your arm movements. This normally translates into packs that are between 500 and 1,200 cubic inches (10 to 20 litres), depending on your body type and size. This is well below the traditional day hike back pack size, which is around 1,350 cubic inches (22 litres). In summary, good run commuting back packs are:

  • light
  • slim
  • small
  • tightly-adjusted to the body

Over the years, companies have built more and more packs that fit these requirements. My personal choice: the Deuter Race X.

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Deuter Race X on my back

At 5’10” and 160 pounds (1,78 m, 73 kg), the Deuter Race X (730 cubic inches – 12 litres) is the perfect run-commuting backpack for me. This bag is light (1.5 pounds – 600 g), and it fits well between my shoulder blades. Even if I load it to its fullest, it rarely weighs more than 10 pounds (4 kg). The shoulder straps are thin but comfortable and well adjusted, and the waiste and chest straps help keeping it snug against my back. Its compact size does not affect my running stride, and my arms can move as freely as if I had nothing on.  In winter, it fits just as nicely over all the layers required to run through any kind of nasty weather (see Running Gear Fit to Face A Canadian Winter for more information on these layers).

The Deuter Race X fits me like a glove, but it has other very interesting characteristics. First, it is extremely durable – I have used it constantly, through all kinds of weather, for the past five years, over 6,000 kilometres (4,000 miles). The only thing that let go was the top pocket zipper, which I had fixed by a shoe maker.

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Front view of waist and sternum straps

The Deuter Race X has another interesting quality…it is very affordable (64$ Cdn at MEC; oddly, it appears to be more expensive in the US, at a cost of around 80$ US). Osprey (Raptor), Gregory (Miwok) and many other companies have bags just as good as this one, but none cheaper (at least in Canada).  This bag also comes with an integrated rain cover and is pre-fitted for an hydration pocket (sold separately).

In conclusion, the Deuter Race X is the right size, the right fit and at the right price for most run commuters.

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I mentioned above that I had my pack repaired by a shoe maker after the top pocket zipper gave up on me. I actually get lots of modifications or repairs done on my kit. I am a creature of habit, and I don’t like to change gear that much. If anything breaks or annoys me, I always look for a way to fix it before thinking about getting newer equipment. There are all kinds of good reasons for doing it, but I mainly do it because I don’t like changing things too much!  Many years ago, on a long hike, I grabbed the wrong backpack and threw it on. Despite the fact that it was the exact same pack, I knew right away it was not mine, and I did not like that feeling. I then found my pack and put it on; the feeling was amazing, a bit like meeting an old friend you had not seen for a long time. All that to say that I like my gear and that I take super special care of it!

Top of pack with zipper modification

Top of pack with zipper modification

To get modifications or repairs done, I used to go to a normal shoe maker, but lately, I found a shoe maker that specializes in outdoor gear. The cool thing about that, is not only does the kit gets fixed, but it comes back just as good as new. Since gear can become expensive, I strongly encourage you to look for that kind of shop in your area. (if you live in the Ottawa region, check out Atelier hors Piste http://www.atelierhorspiste.com).

By |2016-10-22T20:26:38+00:00May 21st, 2014|Categories: Gear|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

The New Run Commuters – May 2014

It’s already May! Hopefully your run commute no longer involves snow (sorry, those of you in the upper elevations of a few Canadian Provinces and several US states!). However, with warmer temps come more heat-related running issues, so stay tuned for  high-temperature tips and information that will keep your all-weather, year-round run commutes worry-free.

In this month’s feature, we meet Anna, a seasoned ultramarathoner and aspiring 100-mile finisher; and Aad, a frugal, minimalist run commuter in the Netherlands, who can be found running bridges and viaducts to get in his hill training. As always, if you are interested in being featured, fill out the form at the end of the post. See you next month!

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Runner Basics

  • Name: Anna Liao
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    Anna Liao

  • Age: 33
  • City/State: Berkeley, CA
  • Profession/Employer: Energy Efficiency Engineer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Number of years running: Ran cross country in middle school and high school, then stopped running until my half marathon and triathlon phase in 2007-2008. Started running again late-2011 to train for the Big Sur Marathon, discovered trail running and the awesome Berkeley Running Club and now running is an integral part of my routine.
  • # of races you participate in a year: 6 in 2013
  • Do you prefer road or trail? Trail. I love running on single track and enjoying the great views. I have run a few 50k trail races and am currently training for my first 100k trail race (Miwok 100k) in May.

Run Commuting Gear

  • Backpack: I usually run commute with an old Camelbak M.U.L.E. where I cinched up the straps for stability. The Camelbak has a good amount of capacity for schlepping what I need to bring to work. I also have a Nathan Intensity hydration vest and the Ultimate Direction Jenny Ultra Vesta pack. The Jenny pack is new and really comfortable, though not much storage capacity. The small bottles in the front are really useful.
  • Shoes: I usually run commute with the Montrail Rogue Racers. I also run with the Altra Intuition when I want something swifter. I run road races and track workouts with the Intuition. Altra Delilah if I want something minimalist.
  • Clothing: Lightweight merino wool tank/shirt (Icebreaker, Smartwool, Ibex) or tech tee, shorts or run skort, arm coolers. In colder weather, I wear run capris and long sleeve lightweight merino wool top.
  • Outerwear: Marmot Stride Vest or Patagonia Houdini in rainy/windy conditions.
  • Headgear: White visor or white Outdoor Research Sunrunner cap. Asics hat with water resistant material for rainy weather.
  • Lights: Clip-on Nathan flashing LED light for the back of my pack and handheld mini LED flashlight for front illumination (moreso to alert other pedestrians on the streets). I use the Black Diamond ReVolt when running on trails.
  • Hydration: Plastic bottle in pack. Also, have a hydrapak bladder but usually only use it for long trail runs, and not run commuting. I usually only drink water during run commuting. For runs > 10 miles, I will use SaltStick and 3fu3l (carb/protein/fat mix) for long slow runs or Tailwind (electrolyte mix) for medium distance faster runs.

On Run Commuting

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View of San Francisco Bay from Anna’s Run Commute Route

Why did you decide to start run commuting?

My boyfriend who runs 100-mile races started run commuting 5 years ago. He was the one that inspired me to try it. I started with walking to work and gradually added in running.

How often do you run commute?

I try to run commute every day though sometimes I will walk instead if I’m recovering from a weekend long run or I drive if I need my car to go somewhere directly from work.

How far is your commute?

Most direct route is 1.5 mi, 500’ gain. When I want to add on some mileage, I make it a big loop up a 15% grade 1-mi hill to make it a 4.8 mi, 1100’ gain route.

Do you pack or buy a lunch?

I usually buy lunch. Sometimes I will bring some fruit for snacks and bread and almond butter for a post-run breakfast.

What do you like most about run commuting?

It’s a great way to jumpstart my day and unwind after the work day. I also like seeing my fitness and speed improve over time. I discovered that I enjoyed commuting via walking, running, or even biking so much more than being in a car. Particularly in dense urban areas, driving is really stressful.

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

My boyfriend is the only other person I know in the area that run commutes. He doesn’t own a car so he run commutes everywhere (to my apartment, to the pub, etc.). There are many people at work that commute via biking or walking, but I have not seen any other run commuters.

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

I drive, walk, or take the shuttle.

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Anna’s Clothes Drying System

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

Ease into it. Maybe start with walking first. You could also just run commute once a week at the beginning and then add more days as you get more comfortable.

Anything else that you would like to include?

I leave my towel, shampoo/conditioner, and soap in a tote bag at work and there is a shower in the women’s restroom in the building next to my office.

Long commute: http://www.strava.com/activities/122629247
Short commute: http://www.strava.com/activities/112627881

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Aad van der Sman

Runner Basics

  • Name: Aad van der Sman
  • Age: 57
  • City/Province/Country: Nieuwegein, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Profession/Employer: Travel Consultant BCD Travel
  • Number of years running: More than 20 years
  • # of races you participate in a year: I have not ran many over the past few years – only 4 to 6 in the year and mostly only in my own region. Some years ago, I ran 2 marathons a year; for instance New York and Berlin.
  • Do you prefer road or trail? I prefer running the road. For me, this is the easiest – just close the door and go.

Run Commuting Gear

Aad's Backpack

Aad’s Backpack

Backpack: Lightweight running-backpack made from lycra from Innovation of Sport and a SPIbelt: I try to carry as little as possible. Something about my back-pack: Lycra is stretchy, breathable and weighs almost nothing. You hardly feel that you are carrying something. The backpack has four storage compartments, with a larger one on the left. The front has a small compartment, too. In my backpack I carry my SPIbelt sandwiches, phone, keys and a small water bottle. When I bike to work, I carry towels, shower gel, dry clothing, etc. for the next morning.

  • Shoes: For the last couple of months I’ve been using Sockwa, a “shoe” with a super-thin sole. They are zero drop, with the sole being just 1.2 millimeters thick everywhere! And they are the lightest shoe available.
  • Jacket and New York Marathon Shirt

    Jacket and New York Marathon Shirt

    Clothing: I don’t use a special brand. I have Nike and Asics, but also cheap clothing from the discounter. Sometimes they sell cheap running stuff of rather good quality.

  • Outerwear: My favourite outerwear is the nightlife clothing from Brooks: Tights and a jacket. This stuff is ideal to run in the darkness, and in the winter this stuff keeps me warm as well.
  • Headgear: I wear a wool hat, but only when it is extremely cold.
  • Lights: Just 2 bike-lights; one with a white led-light for the front and 1 red light for the back.
  • Hydration: During weekend long runs I use Isostar or AA-drink. I carry no drink with me during run commuting.
  • On Run Commuting

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    A view along Aad’s route

    Why did you decide to start run commuting?

    It saves so much time!  That is the most important reason to run from home to work and vice-versa. And I don’t have to run in the evening, when I would rather be watching a soccer game or an other program. Run commuting is a part of my nearly daily routine.

    How often do you run commute?

    Monday, after work, I run from work to home and the next morning, I run from home to work. Same schedule for Thursday and Friday. So 4 times a week I run from work to home, or from home to work.

    How far is your commute?

    The shortest route is just 4 miles, but I run mostly between 6 to 10 miles by making a detour. On Monday when I run from work to home, the route is the longest – about 10 miles. Friday, the route is shorter, but then I do mostly hill training. As Holland is a flat country there are no hills, so I use bridges and viaducts.

    Do you pack or buy a lunch?
    I make my own sandwiches.

    What do you like most about run commuting?

    I like the morning run the most. It is still very quiet on the road and you start your working-day very relaxed.

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

    I know some people from Facebook and Twitter do, but I don’t know them personally. As far as I know, none of my colleagues are run commuters.

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    Aad uses these lights to increase his visibility.

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

    I use my bike.

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

    Just try it and see if it works for you.

    Anything else that you would like to include?

    I have a tip if you carry a mobile phone. Mention in your contacts ICE – This stands for In Case of an Emergency and add a phone number of the person they have to call in case something happens to you.

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    Running Gear Fit to Face a Canadian Winter

    We’re excited to introduce a new contributor to the The Run Commuter! Nick Pedneault joins us from Ottawa, Canada and will be writing about running in harsh winter conditions up north, as well as sharing tips, advice, and gear reviews from which all run commuters, in any climate, can benefit. Welcome to TRC, Nick!   

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    The Run Commuter, Cold Weather Running, Boston Marathon, Canadian Runners, Nick Pedneault, Polar Ninja

    Nick after a typical Canadian winter run

    My name is Nicolas Pedneault, and I am a run commuter from the Ottawa area, Canada. I have been run commuting for 6 years now, and I am planning on doing so for as long as I can. Run commuting for me was the result of many factors: I wanted to keep doing sports like I used to before I was married and had kids, but without neglecting family life; I did not have a parking spot at work; and I wanted a solution to get to work which was valid year round. One year, I cycled to work in the winter; in May, my bike was as good as junk because of the salt they use to de-ice roads. Public transit was a solution, but there is not much sports involved in taking the bus. To make matters worse, OC Transpo – the Ottawa public transport company – went on a 2-month long strike in 2009. That was the last straw for me: I started running to get to and from work.

    My total daily commute is between 16 and 24 kilometres (10-15 miles), every day of the week. Running in Ottawa year-round means facing temperatures as high as 36ºC (97ºF) and as low as -35ºC (-31ºF). Consequently, it requires a wide variety of gear to face the elements.

    Running year-round in Ottawa means running through some pretty harsh weather – snowstorms, freezing rain, blistering cold, tornados, etc. However, in the present post, I will stick to the blistering cold, describing the gear I use to run at temperatures between -30 ºC and -35ºC (-22 ºF and -31ºF). I have no preferences in terms of brands; consequently, the pictures included in this post and the brands are mentioned for general information purposes only. However, the brands mentioned are the ones I use.

    Feet

    To prevent my feet from freezing, I combine a pair of thin liner socks (Wigwam Ultimate Liner Pro) with a pair of heavier merino wool socks (Great Canadian sox company super-wool hiker GX socks). Although I wear 2 pairs of socks, it all fits nicely in my normal running shoes. For winter, I use standard trail runners (either Saucony Peregrine or Brooks Cascadia). I know speciality shoes are now available for cold running (for example, Salomon SnoCross CS), but I have yet to venture on that road since outside winter, these are of no use.

    Legs

    In that order, I wear a pair of thermal tights (MEC Mercury tights), a pair of running shorts on top of the tights and a pair of very generic wind pants (MEC Flux pants). I experimented once during a winter marathon (Ottawa Winterman, February 2013, -29ºC / -20ºF) without the shorts between the 2 layers; I ended up having to stick my mitts in my pants to warm up my manhood. Suffice to say that I highly recommend wearing shorts over the tights in winter. In my backpack, I also carry an extra pair of wind pants which are a size larger than the first one; if it gets really windy or suddenly colder than expected, I can throw them on over everything else.

    Outdoor Research Enchainment Jacket

    Outdoor Research Enchainment Jacket

    Top

    As always, I make sure to use many layers. My base layer is a 150-weight merino wool long sleeve shirt. My second layer is a 150-weight merino wool t-shirt. Over time, I found this combination of merino wool garment to be the best in terms of weight and sweat absorption. My third layer is either an old long sleeve polar fleece shirt or a Polartec power dry hoody with thumb holes (MEC T3 hoodie). The principle behind this combination of layers is pretty simple: the natural fibre near my skin is less susceptible to develop bad odours than the synthetic fibres. My final layer is a soft shell jacket with a hood (Patagonia Ascensionist or Outdoor Research Enchainment.) In cold weather, I prefer soft shells to hard shells because they are much better at letting perspiration out.

    Hands

    Mitts. No gloves. Just mitts. Again, I use a small pair of mitt (hand knitted by my wife’s aunt) and a bigger one on top of it (MEC overlord mitts.)

    Watch

    One day, it was so cold, my watch display totally froze. To avoid that, I now wear it on top of my jacket at the wrist, and I throw the bottom portion of my mitt over the watch. If you are doing intervals, it is a bit annoying to have to push your mitt up to press the buttons, but it is far less annoying than a frozen watch.

    Sonic Outdoor Research Balaclava

    Sonic Outdoor Research Balaclava

    Head

    The next piece of kit is by far the most important one for me, and this time, the brand is important. My Sonic Outdoor Research Balaclava allows me to stay warm while being able to breathe properly although the air is very cold. Many years ago, I was running with a small scarf over my mouth. Over time, it would get wet and I would eventually auto-waterboard myself from time to time. This was awful, and I looked for a balaclava that would allow me to breathe while keeping me warm. The Sonic has a special screen in front of the mouth that never freezes. It is also far away enough from my mouth to create a warm up chamber just in front of it. Because of that, I end up breathing air which is a few degrees warmer than the ambient one. Since I tend to suffer from performance induced asthma in the winter, these few degrees mean the difference between coughing all day or not at all. Over it, I will normally use a Buff around my neck, and another one over my head. For good measure, I also carry a third safety Buff in my backpack, just in case.

    Backpack

    I currently use a Deuter Race X backpack. It is a bit small (12 litres or 730 cubic inches), but for a bag that cost me CAD$54, I think it is near perfect. I always carry a safety jacket in it (MEC Uplink jacket with hood), which I can throw on top of everything if get too cold or if I suddenly have to stop running. As mentioned above, I also carry in it an oversized pair of wind pants, an extra Buff, my lunch and some clothes. A point worth mentioning: in winter, the simple fact of having a bag on your back will keep you warmer as it offers an additional layer of insulation.

    That’s it! You’re ready to run in the midst of the Canadian winter or the polar vertex. Now, I must be honest: running in these temperatures is never that great, but I have found that these somewhat miserable runs made all summer runs great no matter what afterwards.

    The Run Commuter, Cold Weather Running, Boston Marathon, Canadian Runners, Nick Pedneault

    Finishing the 2014 Boston Marathon

    By |2016-10-22T20:26:38+00:00April 30th, 2014|Categories: Gear, General|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments

    Review: Thorlos Socks

    One of the most overlooked pieces of running gear has got to be socks. Around here, we talk about socks quite a bit. At trail races, we occasionally overhear brief discussions about interesting looking specialty socks; another runner’s knee-high, neon green compression toe socks, for example. However, I rarely hear conversations about someone’s everyday running socks. That is, unless you are talking about Thorlos

    People that we know who wear Thorlos, love them. Whether they wear them for running, tennis, or walking, they can’t say enough good things about them. In fact, many who try them, soon become loyal Thorlos wearers for life.

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    Thorlos 84N Runner, Experia, Trail Runner, and More Casual Comfort

    Recently, Thorlos sent us four pairs of their clinically tested, award-winning, made-in-America padded socks to test out; three for running on roads or trails, and one pair for wearing around the office. It’s hard to tell whether socks are “good” or not without putting in some decent mileage under a variety of conditions. So, we ran these through as many conditions as we could over the past month to ensure we could provide the best opinion possible.

     Thorlos 84N Runner

    Thorlos, Thorlos 84N, Thorlo, road running socks

    On the foot

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    Thorlos 84N Runners and Merrell Mix Master Road Shoes.

    Made for “feet that hurt,” the 84N is definitely the most comfortable running sock out of the three I tested. They are thickly padded, giving your feet a protected environment which allows you to continue your running routine uninterrupted.

    Since my feet don’t normally hurt and are not prone to blisters (another thing the 84N’s help to prevent,) I decided to test them during my normal morning run commute, during two different temperature ranges over the course of two weeks; mild (50F – 60F) and cold (25F- 35F.)

    Upon donning both the socks and shoes, it felt like I was wearing a completely different kind of shoe altogether. My foot was snugly tucked away with little remaining space for movement, including toe wiggle. It felt a little constricting, but not uncomfortable or bulky.

    The 84N’s performed very well under both temperature levels – My feet felt good throughout the whole run, and they were especially warm during the cold commute. That warmth, however, led to lots of fairly normal sweating during the run in mild conditions. Thankfully, the socks wicked as promised, and my feet emerged unscathed. A solid performer.

    Conclusion: Fantastic, comfortable socks suitable for everyday use.  Ideal for running short and long distances, or as a recovery sock after a long distance race. 

    Thorlos Experia Socks

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    Thorlos Experia with Merrell Mix Master Road Shoes

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    Thorlos Experia with Lite Pads

    I wore these during several morning commutes, including a rainy morning run and was quite pleased with the comfort and wicking properties of the pads. Unlike the rest of the socks in this review, the Experia have “Lite” pads, as opposed to the thicker, engineered pads (CTPS) that the others contain. For the most part, the Experias are primarily made of a thin, blended material (Coolmax) that is mesh-like and extremely breathable. In fact, parts of the sock are so thin, that you can actually see through them in places.

    In addition, they are one of Thorlos only socks to come in a wide variety of eye-catching colors, including Electric Orange, Jet Pink, and Very Berry.

    I like the wearing the Experia during most running days, but also enjoy the comfort of the 84N, so I switch back and forth throughout the week.

    Conclusion: Light, minimal, breathable, and padded only where necessary, the Experias are an ideal running sock for short- to middle-distances, under everyday road conditions. Made for feet that don’t hurt.

    Thorlos Trail  Running Socks

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    Thorlos Trail Runner Socks paired with North Face Ultra Guides for a snow and ice-filled morning run commute.

    Unlike road running, where surface conditions are relatively unchanging, every step is different from the last while running trails. Rocks and fallen trees are bounded over; muddy paths are slipped along; streams and rivers are crossed. Impact and variability of surface conditions require socks (and shoes, for that matter) that are comfortable over long distances, absorb shock, provide protection, and quickly move moisture away from your skin.

    The Thorlos Trail Sock is very similar to the 84N runner in overall feel. The ball and heel pads add a generous amount of comfort and protection from the ever-changing conditions of the trail and the sock is snug and comfortable all around. Like many trail socks, the top of the sock is higher, to protect from debris, and brushes with sharp sticks and rocks. The instep and arch have extra cushioning for long-lasting comfort.

    The Trail Sock performed extremely well during both a snow and ice-covered commute and while on a road-and-trail morning run to the office. 

    While the snowy commute tested the overall function of the trail shoes I was wearing at the time (North Face Ultra Guide), the Thorlos Trail Sock kept my feet warm and dry throughout. It was also a fairly slow run, with cautious steps while traversing many icy sections, so I couldn’t say much about how well they performed related to impact and quick-changing conditions. 

    For my next tests, I threw in several morning detours, including some trails, for which these socks were designed. Previously, I used Drymax socks during my trail runs, because I was always worried about getting blisters from having wet feet due to regular stream crossings, so, I was a bit apprehensive about trying out anything different.

    Surprisingly, the Thorlos Trail Sock performed much better for two reasons – not only did they quickly wick water away after stream crossings, but they provided a level of long-lasting comfort that I was not used to from other trail socks. This comfort was felt while running the uneven terrain of the trails, stepping (intentionally) on stray rocks and sticks, and while going uphill and down. I’m anxious to try these on a long trail race!

    Conclusion: Great sock for trail (and even road) running. Wicks away water very well, and is very comfortable from start to finish.

    Thorlos More Casual Comfort Socks

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    Thorlos More Casual Comfort Socks

    I tested the More Casual Comfort sock out during many endless hours of grueling, rigorous… desk work. I’m not on my feet much around the office, but I try to move around as much as I can to keep myself a little bit active throughout the day. 

    The Casual Comfort socks are quite different from my normal office socks. My feet tend to be warm (and stay warm) all day long, so I usually choose a cheaper, thinner sock, hoping that they will allow my foot to breathe properly. This can be a problem after wearing the socks inside dress shoes all day though, as certain fabric blends, well… stink. And, I always rely on my shoes to be comfortable, and the comfort of the socks I wear has never mattered.

    With the Casual Comfort sock, you get a thicker sock with great wicking performance, it is extremely comfortable all day long (It seriously feels like you are walking on a cushion of air,) and best of all NO STINK!  They come in several colors as well – black, khaki, and white.

    Conclusion: A very good sock for wearing all day long while at the office. Looks good with a dress shoe. Warm, but breathable and extremely comfortable overall.

    Important Note

    I have a fairly wide variety of shoes and even though they are all the same size, different types of Thorlos padded socks fit differently depending on the brand and type (road, trail, casual) of shoe I was wearing. In order to ensure proper fit, Thorlos recommends choosing a sock first, then wearing that pair while trying on shoes.

    Thorlos is currently offering a free pair of their padded socks (just pay s&h) to anyone interested in trying them out. Click here for more info, or click on the image in the sidebar.

    For additional information on Thorlos visit their website, follow them on Twitter, or check out their extensive video collection on their YouTube channel.

     

    By |2016-10-22T20:26:41+00:00April 16th, 2014|Categories: Gear, General|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

    Running with a Laptop: Should you do it? Yes and No…(but mostly no.)

    All computers eventually fail.  Ones that move a lot, fail a lot faster.  Backup your data.

    – IT department email to a run commuter

    Should you run with a laptop? Or, like the IT specialist’s email from above hints at, should you avoid it all costs? Buckle up, run commuters – it’s about to get a little bit wordy… and a little bit nerdy.

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    Do you really need to run with a laptop?

    We recommend that you do not run with a laptop. Yes, we know some of you do it, and I myself have run with one (well, a tablet/keyboard combo) several times, but the components are just not made for being bounced around regularly. Occasionally, perhaps, but not regularly.

    In this rapidly-advancing digital age we live in there are many ways you can work without transporting a laptop back and forth to work every day – emailing documents, using remote/virtual desktop solutions, cloud-based applications, or simply transporting electronic docs and data by flash drive to work on at your home computer. However, we’ll just go ahead and assume that it is not possible or reasonable to use any of these options. You absolutely must transport a laptop to and/from work or school and you want to ensure that your computer is protected and your data is safe. So, I’m going to tell you what the ideal setup is, but again…not recommended.

    Scroll down to the TL;DR if you don’t want to hear a bunch of computer/tech talk.

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    The Old Standard: Hard Disk Drives (HDD)

    Inside most laptops and desktop computers, you’ll find one of these. They store all the data of your computer and spin nearly nonstop all the while you are computing. When your laptop HDD is powered off, it is normally parked, or stopped in a position least likely to cause damage if bounced/moved/dropped or the head crashes.

    After a very unsuccessful series of emails to the top four hard drive manufacturers’ (Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi/HGST, and Toshiba) Departments of Shaking and Dropping to get more details, I ventured out on my own to find out what I could.

    For run commuters who carry HDD laptops, the main factors that can lead to hard drive failure are vibration and mechanical shock. Too much of either of those can result in head crash or separation of solder points that hold the components of the HDD together, either within it’s own housing or within the laptop case.

    Standard laptops are run through various tests to see how well the disc drives perform under regular and abnormal conditions.  Here is Toshiba’s laptop vibration test:


     

    This is a fairly normal test in the industry and roughly emulates the slight-to-moderate bounce of a secured laptop within a backpack while running. Unfortunately, I could not find at what point a laptop will fail – only users or IT professionals saying not to bounce it if you can help it because there are many, many HDD laptops that just can’t hack the continuous beating.

    A better HDD laptop, would be a specially-designed, super-rugged laptop, made for extreme conditions, high levels of shock, and harsh environments, such as those encountered during military field operations. These do exist, unfortunately, there are two major drawbacks: price and weight.

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    A very basic heavy-duty, military-spec laptop such as the Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 (shown above) from ToughRuggedLaptops.com is $299 USD (that’s the refurbished price without upgrades) and weighs in at a hefty 8.5 pounds /3.9 kg. Add a few basic upgrades, though, and the price jumps to nearly $550 USD. Models with more features, better processors, and better components, not only cost more, but weigh more as well (the Getac X500 weighs in around 12 pounds/5.4 kg).

    So let’s just forget about standard HDD laptops for run commuting. They are too susceptible to vibration and break too easily. And forget rugged laptops, too. Even if you can afford one, they are too heavy to run with. So, what’s left?

    The New Edition: Solid-State Drives (SSD)

    Unlike Hard Disk Drives, Solid-State Drives have no moving parts – no spinning discs; no heads that can crash or need to be parked – and use flash-based memory. They have many more advantages as well, including speed (both when starting up and accessing data), weight, energy-use, and operating temperature. Though they have been around since the 1970’s, SSDs have only become commercially available (and affordable) over the past few years. 

    The reliability testing for SSDs is similar to that of HDDs, but to see how they stack up against one another, you should really check out the first dozen pages of this Super Talent Technology Environmental Testing Report (you can just look at the graphs). SSD is definitely the way to go!

    Some rugged laptops are now being made with SSDs, but again, they are still pricey and too heavy for run commuting. The Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 starts at $570, and weighs 8 pounds.

    You have several options for SSD computer. These include:

    Chromebook – non-Windows operating system, uses web-based applications.

    Ultrabooks – Windows-based operating systems, super lightweight, and thin.

    Tablets – Android or Windows-based operating system, optional keyboard, extremely light, limited connection with peripherals, keyboard sold separately.

    Macbooks –  Lightweight, expensive.

    If you have to run with a laptop, make sure it has an SSD or other flash-based setup and you should be good to go. Or, so we’ve heard…

    Running Backpacks for Carrying Laptops

    An ideal running backpack for transporting a laptop back and forth from work should have two key features;  A laptop sleeve, and external compression straps.

    Laptop SleeveOne of the categories we included in our Running Backpack Roundup indicates whether or not a laptop sleeve is present in a pack. A laptop sleeve is a designated pouch within the backpack (usually closest to your back) that can be padded or unpadded, and normally has a fastening mechanism on top (such as velcro or a buckle) to keep it closed and keep the laptop from slipping out if turned over. Even if you don’t run with a laptop, a laptop sleeve is a great place to hold documents or folders and keeps them from becoming crumpled or bent.

    External compression straps on the Osprey Manta 20

    External compression straps on the Osprey Manta 20

     External compression straps should be on any pack you use for run commuting, whether you carry a laptop or not. These straps can be found in one or more locations on the outside of the pack, and allow you to cinch down and eliminate any remaining empty space within the pack. Your pack might be tight as can be against your body, which is great, but if there is space within your pack that is empty, the contents will bounce around. By eliminating that space by tightening your pack’s external compressions straps, the contents of your pack (inluding your laptop or tablet) will be unable to bounce around while you run.

    So, which make and model should you get? We can’t recommend one specifically, however, we recently asked our readers who run commute with laptops what they used. Take a look below and you might find a pack (or computing solution) that works for you.

    TRC Reader’s Running Rigs

     Osprey Spin 22 and HP Pavilion

    Gary uses an Osprey Spin 22 to carry his HP Pavilion DM4 laptop.

    Osprey Raptor 14 and MS Surface

    Randal uses an Osprey Raptor 14 to carry his Microsoft Surface tablet.

    Manta and Asus T100

    I use an Osprey Manta 20 to carry my ASUS Transformer tablet.

    Another reader, Jeanne, commented that she uses a standard backpack, packing clothes around her laptop to keep it protected, and holding everything together using a race belt. There are plenty of DIY tricks like this that you could come up with yourself to make what you have now work for run commuting with a laptop.  

    TL;DR: We don’t recommend running with a laptop. We don’t want you to lose your data! Find ways around it, like using your home computer, cloud-based services, email, web meetings, etc. However, if you must run with one… Hard drives (HDD) bad, Solid-State drives (SSD) good. Get a backpack with a laptop sleeve and external compressions straps, pack it tight, cinch it down, and off you go (as infrequently as possible)!

    By |2016-10-22T20:26:41+00:00March 31st, 2014|Categories: Gear, General|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

    Gear to Destinkify: Towels and Cloths for your Post-Run Commute Cleanup

    “I could NEVER run to work. There is no shower in my building! What am I supposed to do to get clean and not stink?!?!?”

    We hear this a lot; usually when talking with someone who is thinking about starting to run commute, or while engaging others in discussions on the web. And, yes – some people do have legitimate reasons where a shower is absolutely necessary post-run (long hair, for instance). But for those whose offices lack a shower, you can still be a well-groomed employee without smelling offensive. 

    Stephanie has told us how she packs her clothes for the commute; Kyle wrote about cleaning up in Part 5 of our Getting Started series; and, Anna – in our latest edition of  The New Run Commuters – showed how she dries her running gear after arriving at the office. Over the next few months, we’ll highlight a few pieces of gear, as well as common, everyday supplies that will help you look, and smell, your best at work. First up – towels and cloths.

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    One of the more important items to have for a no-shower cleanup (besides baby wipes) is a towel. I use two – one that I get wet for cleaning, and one for drying off. To help you get yourself as clean as you can after a run, here are a few I’ve tried in the past few months and what I though of them.

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    Norwex Body Cloth

    We were contacted by a Norwex representative who happened upon our site, and she said she was going to send us something she thought would be a great fit for run commuters who cleaned up without a shower.  Several days later we received a Norwex Body Cloth, and we tested it out over the course of a several weeks at the office.

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    First Impression:

    The cloth is small – about 12″ x 12″ – and is made of a blend of 70% polyester and 30% polyamide. Like most microfiber towels and cloths, it’s a little “sticky,” in that it catches on any slight imperfections it finds; dry skin, for example. It is also impregnated with silver, which is supposed to inhibit bacterial growth. The test cloth is green, but it comes in five other colors.

    First use:

    I arrived at the office and cooled down as I normally do. I used baby wipes over most of my body, put on antiperspirant, got dressed, and headed to the restroom. Per the instructions, I wet the Norwex towel down thoroughly, and wrung it out. As I cleaned off my head and face, I noticed two things about the towel – It was extremely refreshing and it smelled really good. After cleaning up, I felt just a little cleaner than I normally do if I just use wipes. It is probably due to the fact that the baby wipes I use leave a moisturizing film on my skin after each use, and was removed by the wipe-down with the towel. Back in my office, I hung the towel up and by lunchtime it was dry.

    For the next several weeks, I used this over and over, bringing it home after a few days and washing it. The towels are sold in a pack of three, which should get you through a full work week. At the end of the week, take them home, wash them, and you are ready to go for another week.

    Conclusion:

    This is a great piece of gear for run commuting. It functions extremely well as a wet cleaning cloth. It cleans the skin very thoroughly, rinses easily, dries fast, and can be used for quite some time before washing. The cloth doesn’t stink. You don’t stink. The world is good.

    Divatex Sport Towel

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    First Impression:

    The largest of the the three towels, the Divatex Sport Towel is 24″ x 47″ in size and, like the Norwex microfiber cloths, extremely soft. It is made from 80% poly/20% nylon, and is thin – about half as thick as the Norwex or Coleman towels.

    First Use:

    After cooling off, wiping down, and getting partially dressed (pants, shoes, undershirt), I grabbed the Divatex and headed to the bathroom. In this version of the cleanup, I used the water from the sink to wet the skin on my head, neck, and face, then scrubbed with soap and rinsed, using the towel to dry off. I repeated the same with my arms and chest (a wash/body cloth, like the previously mentioned Norwex, works best here) Drying off with the Sport Towel was quick and comfortable. The material is soft against the skin, and absorbs water much better than a standard cotton towel. Once finished, I returned to my office, finished dressing, and hung the towel up to dry.

    It didn’t pick up any offensive smells during the testing week and could probably have been used unwashed for two weeks, however, I recommend washing it with your running clothes once a week.

    Conclusion:

    This is a solid piece of gear. It’s a great, lightweight drying-off towel and can go for extended periods of time without washing. And, don’t be fooled by it’s small size compared to a regular bath towel – it will completely dry you off after a shower.

    Coleman Camp Towel

    I purchased this several years ago while researching camping, backpacking, and traveling gear that could also be used for run commuting. It was very inexpensive and looked like it would fit the bill for the post-run cleanup.

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    First Impression:

    Made from “non-woven polyester,” the Coleman Camp Towel has a completely different feel to it than the microfiber towels. It’s rough, scratchy, and very lightweight. But look how easy it is to spot in that smashing yellow color! It measures in at 20″ x 27″.

    First (and last) Use:

    I repeated the same procedure I had with the Divatex Sport Towel and the first thing I noticed was that it is scratchy as hell – just downright uncomfortable against the skin. It’s hard to describe it’s absorbency. It’s hard, because I could not tell if it soaked water up, or merely pushed it off me, similar to that thing you do when you turn the shower off in the morning and realize there isn’t a towel within 50 feet of you – just brush off as much as you can and hope it is good enough.

    On the upside, the thing dries more quickly than any towel I’ve ever used. That might be due to the fact that it never really gets wet though (just a hunch).

    Conclusion:

    No. Don’t use it on yourself. Don’t use it on others. Don’t give it as a gift. Leave it in it’s natural habitat: the camping section of a WalMart store.

    By |2016-10-22T20:26:42+00:00March 19th, 2014|Categories: Gear, General|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

    Groceries on the Run

    As part of our 2014 effort to encourage not only run commuting, but running for a purpose (aside from fitness alone,) we want to show you all of the different useful and practical ways to run to get somewhere. Maybe it’s running to the library or running to the gym.  Or, it could be running to pickup groceries.

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    Rats! You are three ingredients short for that new Mark Bittman recipe you saw on the New York Times website and you want to make it tonight. You live just over two miles away from the grocery store. Normally, you would drive your car for this errand, but you feel guilty because you still haven’t managed to get in your long run yet! Can you combine your long run and get groceries, too? You sure can! Here’s how:

    Get dressed for your long run and plan a route that includes a stop at the grocery store somewhere during the last 1/3 or 1/4 of your run. Grab an empty backpack and strap it on.  Don’t forget your wallet! Then, off you go.

    Just arrived at the grocery store

    Just arrived at the grocery store

    Once you arrive at the grocery store, cool down outside for a few minutes before heading in. As you shop, keep in mind how many items you think your pack can carry. You don’t want to pack it full and have items left over that don’t fit.

    Self-checkout works best when getting groceries on the run. This method lets pack your own bag as you see fit and allows you to fill any and all empty space in your bag.

    Pack wisely: Unlike traditional backpacking which calls for heavy items up top, running with a pack requires heavier items go on the bottom. Those items will shift down to the bottom of your pack as you bounce along, creating havoc on softer, more fragile items as they move downwards, so placing them on the bottom keeps them from moving.

    Use your discretion when it comes to choosing items to purchase for your grocery run. Some things do not pack and carry well, such as berries, chips  (or any dry, crisp snack in a bag half-filled with air,) ground meats in thin, plastic packaging, soft plastic containers with liquid, and boxes of loose, dry pasta to name a few.

    When finished, try on your full pack, make any necessary adjustments, and continue on the last leg of your run.

    Running with a pack full of groceries

    Running with a pack full of groceries

    Don’t push yourself too hard on the way home. In this instance, I had an additional 12 pounds (5.4 kilograms) of weight on my back. Go slow and make the last remaining miles count. If you feel up to it, throw in a few hills along the way to help build additional strength.

    Everything held up really well during the last, hilly 2.5 miles of my run. While the pack only weighed 12 pounds, it really felt like 20. What would you do if you needed to do a heavier grocery shop with more items?

    Use a jogging stroller!

    Holds a bag of rice just as well as it holds Little Timmy.

    Holds a bag of rice just as well as it holds Little Timmy.

    Even if you don’t have kids, decent jogging strollers can be found for less than $60 on Craigslist.  They carry anywhere from 50 – 100 pounds and some models even double as a bike trailer.

    Combining trips is something that more people should think about whether they are driving, taking the train, walking, or running. Yes, it’s better for the environment, but it is also more efficient, and saves you time and money overall. Try adding grocery shopping to your list of Things You Can Do While Running!

    By |2018-11-03T17:40:18+00:00January 31st, 2014|Categories: General, How To|1 Comment

    The New Run Commuters – January 2014

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    • Name: Claire Brandow
    • Age: 25
    • City/State: Brooklyn, NY
    • Profession/Employer: I work in fundraising for an environmental nonprofit.
    • Number of years running: 10
    • # of races you participate in a year: About 4 in the last year, with plans to do at least 9 in the next year to qualify for the NYC Marathon through the New York Road Runners 9+1 program.
    • Do you prefer road or trail? I love running trails, but hardly get the opportunity. Hoping to make more trips out of the city for trail running excursions this year.

     Run Commuting Gear

    • Backpack: I gleaned a lot of tips from The Run Commuter backpack roundup, then snagged a cheap Camelbak Blowfish 2L off of Ebay. My only regret is that I didn’t get a women’s backpack. The chest strap doesn’t go quite high enough, but it’s still a relatively comfortable and perfectly sized bag.
    • Shoes: I once had dreams of being a zero-drop barefoot babe, but I just can’t. Instead I wear Saucony Triumph 10, and they feel like Cadillacs.
    • Clothing: Target athletic wear is my dirty secret for warm weather gear and base layers. So cheap! So comfortable!
    • Outerwear/Lights: I like the Nike Element for wicking and warmth, layering it under the Saucony ViZi jacket for keeping out wind and providing a little light/reflection. I don’t use much else for lights, as I don’t often run in the dark.
    • Headgear: Battered old headbands- anything to keep my ears warm.
    • Hydration: Water. I generally run commute in the morning, so I try to drink lots the night before.

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    On Run Commuting

    Why did you decide to start run commuting?

    I found myself with a million excuses to skip runs, and they all hinged on my commute: it’s too dark at night after I commute, I would need to wake up too early to accommodate my commute. Run commuting made all of those excuses null.

    How often do you run commute? 

    I shoot for three times a week.

    How far is your commute?

    5 miles from my apartment in Brooklyn to my office in Manhattan. I just run one way- into work in the mornings.

    Do you pack or buy a lunch?

    I try to pack! I don’t have a system for running with lunch yet, so I subway commute two days a week to bring in more lunches and clothes.

    What do you like most about run commuting?

    Run commuting (and running, in general) is the best way to see the city. Running over the bridges here gives great views, I run through neighborhoods I wouldn’t otherwise visit, and it’s fun to see how the city changes over the course of the year.

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

     I’ve convinced a few of my colleagues to try run commuting! Our environmental nonprofit prioritizes alternate commuting (though the NYC Subway is an excellent mass transit option), so they provide showers for those of us who run and bike. An in-office shower is sort of the run commuting Holy Grail.

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

    I take the subway. Run commuting takes almost exactly the same time.

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

    I think people are intimidated by the logistics of run commuting. The truth is that, after a little bit of time and trial and error, you’ll develop a system that should feel pretty effortless. Stick with it!

    Anything more about you that would like to include?

    In my travels the last year, I’ve been struck by how many run commuters I have seen in London and Sydney. I wonder what accounts for this. Running’s popularity is ever on the increase, but I also imagine that the alternate commuting conversation is a little farther ahead outside of our US borders. (Though I’m happy to report that there seem to be more fellow run commuters in NYC over the last year!) I know The Run Commuter has linked to some international press about run commuting, but it would be great to hear from a foreign New Run Commuter sometime.


    If you are a new run commuter and want the running world to hear your story, let us know!
    We are now accepting submissions for March and April. If you are interested, submit the form below and we’ll contact you.
     
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    By |2018-02-27T15:01:12+00:00January 17th, 2014|Categories: News, General, People|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

    The New Run Commuters – December 2013

    Many of our non-run commuting readers often wonder what kind of person decides to try running to work, and are even more curious about those runners that continue to do so year after year. In our first installment of The New Run Commuters, we take a look at two runners – Ernie and Jeffrey – that are separated by almost 800 miles and experiencing dramatically different winters, but bound together by their determination to try out run commuting.


     Runner Basics

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    Geared up and ready to go

    • Name: Ernie S.
    • Age: 33
    • City/State: Grand Rapids, MI
    • Profession/Employer: Environmental Engineer for State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
    • Number of years running: 10, but more seriously the last 12 months.
    • # of races you participate in a year: 2 in the last 12 months.
    • Do you prefer road or trail? I much, much prefer a wooded trail for the dynamic workout and scenery. However, trail running is a luxury I can’t often afford time-wise. I typically run on the city sidewalks, or nearby asphalt trail systems.  

    Run Commuting Gear

    • Backpack: While not on the TRC Backpack roundup, I picked up a brand new Camelbak Cloud Walker on craigslist (cant pass up a good deal). I removed the hydration pack for commuting. I consulted the TRC roundup to see what features to look for. I do sometimes regret not getting a pack with a waist strap – however if I pack light and run smooooooth it’s not too bothersome.
    • Shoes: I’m hoping to transition gradually to zero drop footwear. I train sporadically with Merrell Trail Gloves, but log most commuting miles with the Innov-8 Road-X 255, which I love.
    • Clothing: Still finding my preferences. I believe in…layers! Base layers, specifically.
    • Outerwear: Zorrel Cortina jacket.
    • Headgear: I’ve gone full facemask. Sugoi Face Mask
    • Lights: Princeton Tec Byte headlamp.
    • Hydration: I’ll use the Camelbak insert when necessary (10 miles+ training runs).

    On Run Commuting

    Why did you decide to start run commuting?
     
    It is my excuse to stay motivated and running through the winter and with a newborn on the way in January. It also makes sense for time management (kill two birds) and also from a monetary perspective (no parking passes, no gas or bus fares).
     
    How often do you run commute?
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    Early morning in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

     
    Daily, with the intention of twice a day (there/back).
     
    How far is your commute?
     
    4 miles.
     
    Do you pack or buy a lunch?
     
    Pack. I typically keep week-long supplies of nut/fruit mix, couscous, oatmeal, coffee, and supplement on a daily basis.
     
    What do you like most about run commuting?
     
    Strange looks in the freezing pre-dawn hours in downtown GR. Being free of a vehicle.
     
    Do you know of anyone else in your area that runs to work?
     
    Not yet.
     
    When not run commuting, how do you get to work?
     
    Drive, bike, or bus. Preferably the latter. Oh, and my wife picks me up sometimes (thanks, honey).
     
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      If you could give one piece of advice to anyone who was considering run commuting, what would it be?
     
      I took TRC advice and spent a week or three doing my regular (bike) commute but thinking about the logistics of doing it via run. It really helped ease the transition and   now I simply enjoy the feeling of using my feet to get to work!
     
     
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    • Name: Jeffrey Wisard
    • Age: 29
    • City/State: Atlanta, GA
    • Profession/Employer: Lead Development and Digital Marketing, Kwalu
    • Number of years running: 3
    • # of races you participate in a year: 2-3
    • Do you prefer road or trail? Road; if it’s a road race, then I can usually bike there.

    Run Commuting Gear

    • Backpack: I currently carry everything. Looking to change that soon.
    • Shoes: New Balance Minimus
    • Clothing: Just a regular wicking polyester shirt/socks and running shorts…nothing fancy.
    • Outerwear: None
    • Headgear: Peal Izumi Red Beanie (when it’s cold)
    • Lights: I use my bike light, which is the NiteRider Lumina 350 Light
    • Hydration: None

    On Run Commuting

    Why did you decide to start run commuting?

    My good friend Kyle told me about it and got me hooked on the idea. I love functional fitness – getting your exercise in going from point A to point B. 

    How often do you run commute?

    1 to 2 times/month. I usually bike, otherwise.

    How far is your commute?

    3 miles to the train, and then 1 mile to work.

    Do you pack or buy a lunch?

    I usually run home after work, so I bring all my gear/lunch with me in the morning. 

    What do you like most about run commuting?

    The freedom. Run commuting in no way limits me. I can take stops, detours, and find adventures along my run home. It’s fantastic. 

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

    Kyle, Hall, Josh.

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

    Bike, bus, train or car… in that order.

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

    Make sure you bring a light. Staying well-illuminated is key to not getting into trouble with car commuters. Also, be minimal. Only carry what you need, e.g., a key instead of the whole keychain, your credit card and ID instead of your whole wallet. 

    More about Jeffrey:

    Jeffrey Wisard loves making “big ideas” a reality and then building community around that reality. His current big idea: The Atlanta Cycling Festival (www.AtlantaCyclingFestival.com). He also has a penchant for very hoppy IPAs, strong coffee and beautiful women (I.e. His amazing girlfriend). Learn more about him at: www.linkedin.com/in/jwisard/


    If you are a new run commuter and want the running world to hear your story, let us know! Send us an email to info@theruncommuter.com and we’ll go from there.
    By |2016-10-22T20:26:43+00:00December 17th, 2013|Categories: News, General, People|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments