On Run Commuting
Why did you decide to start run commuting?
After watching the movie McFarland, USA, I thought I should try it someday.
I’ve been a bike commuter since 2013. This winter I started having many flat tires on my bike, since I was commuting on a single speed with thin tires. I didn’t carry any gear to fix them, so I started running back home. After 3 or 4 flats, I started run commuting back and forth and leaving the bike at home.
How often do you run commute?
Almost every day, though I don’t want to overdo it, because I’m afraid of hurting my knees long-term.
How far is your commute?
3 miles (5 km) each way, very hilly.
Do you pack or buy a lunch?
I buy lunch at the office cafeteria – usually a salad with some protein.
What do you like most about run commuting?
The most important reason for me is that I hate being stuck in traffic, that’s why I choose running or biking over taking a car or bus. I love the feeling of waking up and thinking “Nice, I will go running”, instead of “Uff, I need to go to the office” :D
Also, it is more fun, better for physical and mental health, better for the environment, and cheaper.
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Do you know of anyone else in your area that runs to work?
After I started run commuting I was googling more about it and I found this website. Since the creator is also from Atlanta, I messaged him and we met.
When not run commuting, how do you get to work?
Sometimes I bike (10-15 min), or else I take the bus (35 min), while running takes me 25 min.
If you could give one piece of advice to anyone who was considering run commuting, what would it be?
I read this before and I think it’s great advice: you don’t have to run everyday or both ways, or even all the way (mix it with public transit or driving), just do what you can. You can also try the route over the weekend to see how you feel and learn what it is like.
Also, try to find where you can shower. Maybe there is a gym close by, or even showers in your building – ask around.
Anything else that you would like to include?
Some advice based on my experience: when run commuting, you have to be careful at intersections (even with lights) because drivers turn without looking for pedestrians. Some of them are on their phones. It is very dangerous. Try to wear bright clothes.
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