Arrange a ride to work with a coworker, partner or roommate. Get ready for work as you normally would, but pack running clothes and a way to carry your essentials home on the run with you. I bring a Nathan Hipsterwaist belt which fits my phone, keys and ID, plus any cards I may need. At the end of the work day, I simply change into my running clothes and run home with my Nathan belt and the few things I need to bring home, leaving my work clothes at the office to bring home another day.
Riding to work and running home also lets you plan to go the opposite way the next day. When you’re packing for the day, bring an extra lunch, a portable breakfast, plus an extra work outfit and toiletries. Bring a towel if you’re lucky enough to have a shower at the office. You’ll thank yourself in the morning when you lace up to run to the office.
Run to work, carpool home
Running to work is so much easier if your stuff is already at the office waiting for you. Some people will run with a pack that has their work clothes in it, but this is not my preferred strategy. I’m happiest when my work outfit is waiting in my office, and my food for the day is in the fridge.
I can set off on my morning run commute with my running belt, essentials (keys, phone, cards) and nothing more. When I arrive, the trick is to get presentable for work. If your office has a shower, AWESOME! Mine doesn’t, so I keep a few fresh washcloths at work that I use to clean up. Some people like wipes, but they always leave me feeling sticky.
Baby powder can be helpful too, and it doubles as dry shampoo! Feeling clean is easiest in the winter when you don’t sweat as much, but you can get clean enough in the summertime with the right strategy and enough time to cool down. I recommend leaving a permanent toiletry bag at work with deodorant, extra undies and other essentials so you don’t want to forget. Now, start the day feeling energized and have some breakfast while you catch up on email.
Carpooling = more fun with friends!
Sometimes when I run to work and carpool home, I’ll turn it into a date night. When I worked in downtown Asheville, my husband and I would meet up, go out to eat and make a night of it before heading back home. If you’re carpooling with a co-worker, see if she wants to get a drink and go to trivia night before giving you a ride home. Carpooling can be a perfect excuse to have more fun and spend quality time with the people in your life.
Run both ways
The logistics are trickier, but it’s a great way to work a double run into your schedule and skip cars altogether. Again, it helps tremendously to plan ahead and have clothes, toiletries, and meals at work waiting for you. It’s also easier if you go out for lunch at work and don’t have to worry about bringing food. The same strategies apply as above when considering what to pack and bring along with you.