You’d think that after Ironman training and moving to a new city knowing nobody, I’d have so much ample time that I’d start talking to my feet.
Well, my feet have yet to talk back and I still haven’t found all that free time. I’m going to consider myself of dual-state dweller and will be so for the next year. With going back and forth to California, marathon training and discovering my new city, I’ve seemed to stumble upon the ultimate multitasker: run commuting, or as what most call it, the “runmute.”
I’m far from the first person to do this, in fact, it’s a little bit embarrassing that it’s taken me this long in my career to try it. But now that I’ve done it, I can’t think of a better way to get to work. It’s ~10 miles from my apartment to work and covers some tough climbs right in the beginning. I’m practically running asleep and cannot guarantee any engaging running conversation at that time.
So here’s how it goes down: you plan, then you plan, then you coordinate, then you run. It’s all in the logistics with the key consideration questions as follows:
- What time does the sun rise these days? If it’s late and it’s dark out, I need to run with people because there are some extremely dark and windy hills that are not safe to run alone in. RUN SMART, PEOPLE!
- Start time and location? Rally the troops and pick your departure details. Send the Outlook invite and see who is crazy enough to want to run to work with you, then work with you some more.
- Do I need to take my computer home the night before? If so, you’ll likely not run to work the next day. You’re not going to be lugging the laptop with you over the hill to work, so stay late to finish work and dock it at your desk the night before.
- What will the weather be the day of run? Plan not only for your run attire, but for your work clothes as well. I’ve learned that it’s easiest to pack your stuff and leave it in your cube the day before.
- What are you going to carry with you? I need a few more “things,” on a runmute (e.g. my wallet, full set of keys, jacket, etc.), so I actually prefer my new running backpack. Preferable one of the two we are wearing here:
Chicken Face is wearing the Camelbak Ultra LR Vest Hydration Pack that the CamelBak folks sent me (thank you!). Chicken Face actually asked if he could have it because he liked it so much; it carries water on the lower back (instead of the mid-back like most hydration backpacks) and it’s really easy to refill.
- What will I eat post-run? By the time I get to the office, grab my clothes from my cube and get to the showers at work, I’m usually running later than I’d prefer. Make sure you consider and bring your post-run fuel in your clothes bag the day before as getting breakfast will be tight.
- How will you get home? Don’t forget to plan this part! I failed to do so and was bumming rides home off of colleagues.
So tell me, do you runmute? Any tips for a successful runmute?