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7rider2012-05-22 13:58:15 +0000 #1
So....tell me if this is crazy.

I'm currently training for a duathlon that will have me running 2 10k's (so, total = 12.4 miles). I'm more or less following a half-marathon training program, which will ultimately take me up to a 13 mile run on the weekend. Doing my "normal" 2-4 mile runs during the week (I try for M-W-F, but lately it's been Tu-Th, with a Saturday long run), there's no way I'd be able to get enough miles in mid-week to do a 12-mile long run without the possibility of issues. Generally, I've read that your "long run" should be about 40% of your weekly total. So that means, I'd have to have a weekly total of 30 miles for that week.

Getting in the other 18 miles (especially when you're as slow as I am) is going to be a challenge. So, I was thinking - as bike commuting is an easy way to get in bike miles, run commuting must be a good way to get in running miles.

So the plan is this:

Wednesday (some Wednesday in the future): Ride to work with 2 panniers and 2 sets of clothes and towels. Leave one untouched in my cube overnight.

Thursday: Run to work. It's a 7.4 mile bike ride. Figure I'd take the same general route running. That would take me 1.5 hours (I told you...I'm slow.) so I'd have to leave pretty early.

All I'd bring is a waterbottle, my ID and my Metro card. Oh, and cash for breakfast and lunch (COFFEE!!). Head up to my cube, grab my pannier, head to the gym to shower/change. Take Metro/bus home that evening.

Does this seem reasonable? Maybe do this a few times (not in the same week). Has anyone run to work? Anything I should consider/remember/do to plan?

Melalvai2012-05-22 14:07:53 +0000 #2
Sounds good to me! I love combining transportation and exercise, it's so efficient. This is a bit unusual but it will get you the training you need.

The only thing I've done that is running for transportation is that I run 1 mile to the pool, swim, and run the mile home. I tuck my swim cap in my tights, goggles around my neck, carry a water bottle and towel. When I did that it was cold enough for a jacket so I put my underwear in a pocket. On the way home I carried the swimsuit as well as the towel. I don't know how I'll transport the underwear in the summer when I don't need a jacket. I'm not wild about just carrying my underwear. The only problem I have had so far is that one time my swim cap fell out. I swam without it and found it on my way home.

Let us know how it goes.
Veronica2012-05-22 14:42:12 +0000 #3
You could get tri shorts that you wear for your run and your swim and your second run. They do dry pretty quickly.

Selkie2012-05-22 15:00:40 +0000 #4
Sounds like fun! Don't forget to wear hi-viz clothes.
lph2012-05-22 14:13:04 +0000 #5
I think it's a brilliant idea. I find it much easier to motivate myself to run (or bike, or ski), if I have to get wherever I'm going. If I start at home and initially am going in the "wrong" direction, it's so much harder. Nothing like a boss at the other end to stop me from thinking "hm, do I feel like doing this today?"

I half-ran my commute quite a few times last winter. I took the metro half the way, and ran the rest of the way, 30-40 minutes run. The biggest hurdle was accurately guessing how little extra clothing I could get away with to stay warm before my run, as I had to pack it in a hipbelt and run with it afterwards. I didn't need to carry water, though. Funnily enough, the most annoying thing was running with small noisy things like loose change, my cellphone etc, not the extra windjacket that packed down nicely.

I think you have a great plan, especially the part about having a pannier all packed and ready to grab. I'd probably be messing around trying to re-use stuff from the day before. Let us know how it works out.



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