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Grog2010-05-01 20:28:42 +0000 #1
Dear running ladies,

I normally don't run at this time of the year but I am considering running to or from work, or at least partially, once a week or so, now that I live more than 1 km away from my job!

The total distance will be between 13 and 15 km depending which route I take (one route is trail and could be a fun run, and also softer on my joints). There are many options for me to use the bus for part of the way. I could either do it in the morning or for the return trip, I have access to showers at work.

I would like to hear your stories of running to and from work if you have any.

I would also be curious about running packs. I'd probably rather not carry anything (other than my keys) but I have seen running backpacks out there. Anyone tried them? Any advice? Sometimes I could have to use one.

Thanks!!
trickytiger2010-05-01 20:42:07 +0000 #2
I am also considering the "running commute" on weekends that I work, because the traverse is over such a hilly neighborhood that I'd probably be faster on foot than bike- and safer too, with traffic. I have the fortune of having showers and lockers at work, so I can stash my stuff and not have to carry much.

However, on days where I might need to carry something in, I do have a camelbak pack that isn't too obtrusive. I'll give it a try next weekend!
rocknrollgirl2010-05-01 20:55:03 +0000 #3
I have run home from work. It is about 5k. I can run on trails or on the road. I prefer to do it at the end of the day because I do not have access to a shower.
Tri Girl2010-05-01 21:29:22 +0000 #4
At my old job, I was only about 2.5 miles from work. I would run home about once a week. I, too, preferred to run home instead of to because I just got too dang sweaty, even in winter. It's cool that you have showers, so it might be cooler to run in the morning when you're fresh and have the energy. I would take my Camelbak home with me. I'd put a little water in it, and then put my keys and some other small stuff in the outside pocket. I didn't mind it, but then again, I ran 2 marathons with a Camelbak, so I don't mind running with something on my back. Some people I know just hate it.

You've got a long run there! Would you take the bus partway, or run the whole way? Good for you!

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