I set a lofty summer goal of running 500 miles from May 1-Sept 1. I realized quickly into the month of May that hitting those miles was going to be tricky if I didn’t build some miles into my work day. I decided last week, to run to work each day and see if this would be a way that I could get more miles in this summer.
I learned a lot about how to commute by foot and I hope that I can learn from some of you who walk/bike/run to work. I am fortunate with my office situation. It is pretty close to ideal for running to work. My office is a little 3 bedroom house, with 2 full baths. It has a full kitchen and we have plenty of room in the fridge. I only share the space with 2 other women (…one of whom who just got married! Congrats Rachel & John!). I live 4 miles away and can choose 2 different ways to get to work: Main Street or Constitution Trail. Both ways take me right by coffee shops in the morning where I can stop if I chose to and walk the last 5 minutes to my office. It really is an ideal situation. Your situation might look a lot different and that is okay.
Something I learned pretty quickly was how much unnecessary “stuff” I carry around. When planning your runs to work, lighten your load as much as possible. Example: on day 3 I realized I was carrying with me while running my entire work key ring. It has 6 keys on it and I only know what 1 does (gets me into my office). Why not leave the other keys at work and only carry the 1 that I need to get in? Another thing: I missed my planner a lot. It had to stay at my office during the week because I couldn’t carry it back and forth with me each day. I’m attached to my planner and it was sad to be without it each evening.
Below are some of my essentials. I make sure that I have these at my office because they make getting ready after a run a little easier for me. Burt’s Bees makes these awesome Facial Cleansing Towelettes. Super refreshing! I love the Pink Grapefruit ones but there are other scents as well. I get them at Walgreens. Instead of carrying my entire wallet back and forth every day I switched to a smaller coin-purse that easily fits in my running fanny pack or even my pocket. I keep a chapstick, my ID, my keys, and my debit card in there. My Chloe + Isabel jewelry roll holds all of my accessories for the week – that I plan out with each outfit. I packed it up on Sunday evening along with with outfits and dropped it off at my office so it would already be there for me. I also dropped off food for the week as well as all of my clothes/makeup. Since I wouldn’t have a car to leave for lunch, this was probably the trickiest part. This week I plan to do a better job grocery shopping for lunch items for my office. (Ordering Jimmy John’s is too tempting!) The Bb grooming cream helps my hair to air dry smoother. I run it through my wet hair and it just keeps everything calmed down. The mini perfume was a sample that I keep at work. Finally, I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo and it is an essential for the days that I don’t wash my hair but it needs a little freshening. What are your #runtowork essentials? Anything that I should add?
I do plan to keep this #runtowork thing up. I learned that 5 days a week might be a bit much. 8 miles a day for me isn’t sustainable long-term. My goal for the summer is to run to and from work 3-4 days a week and mix some biking to work in there as well. Like I mentioned before, your situation might not look like this but I hope you can think creatively about how you might be able to make #runtowork a possibility for you. Maybe just on Fridays? Maybe during lunch works better for you? Comment below or email me and we can brainstorm other ways to make it easier for you! I’d love to hear from you! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m trying to make #RunToWork a thing, so join me and share if you do decided to run to work! I’m on Instagram and Twitter @mandijstewart. Thanks for reading, and I can’t wait to hear about and follow all of your #runtowork adventures! XOXO
P.S. The Summer 2015 #RWRunStreak starts up tomorrow – Memorial Day. Anyone participating?