10 top tips for run commuting

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Whether you want to avoid tube strikes, add in an extra workout or just make the most of the weather, running your commute is a fantastic way to do it. Aside from the obvious - like keeping an eye out for traffic and making sure you've got a decent backpack - here are 10 worthy tips from the Runner's World team.


1. “Make sure your bag is packed properly: an unsecured lunch box can result in your backpack sliding around, which is not what you want on the run. And the incessant jangling sound of loose change or keys can lead to madness.” John Carroll, Chief Sub Editor

2. “Before you start out ensure that anything you're likely to need access to (phone, gel, money, Oyster card…) is in a convenient pocket that you can get to on the run. There's nothing more irritating than having to unstrap your pack from your back and start foraging in the depths just when you've built a decent rhythm.” Kerry McCarthy, Commissioning Editor

3. "Have a cull before you leave the office. Do you really need to carry home your moisturiser, old Tupperware and office shoes? The lighter you pack, the quicker you'll run and be smugly home with a well-earned dinner." Annie Rice, Freelance Journalist

4. “Plan out your route before you set off. You don’t want to end up heading two miles in the wrong direction and end up inconveniencing yourself. Also, watch out for unexpected hills. Google Maps is a cruel mistress and you never know when they’ll appear…” Georgia Scarr, Deputy Digital Editor

5. “Try to run with an app which follows your route - if you get lost you can use the map to get back on track.” Katherine Kendall, Advertising Manager

6. “Keep your wits about you: pedestrians stop, start, change direction, point, swing bags and gesticulate wildly with an alarming lack of consideration for runners approaching from behind.” John Carroll, Chief Sub Editor

7. “Wear a top or jacket under your pack that is long enough to cover your bum. Shorter tops can ride up when you're running, causing the pack to rub against the bare skin exposed.” Kerry McCarthy, Commissioning Editor

8. "I like to observe the stressed faces of angry commuters packed onto public transport whilst I whizz past them. It gives an amazing mental boost and it's even better if you're listening to an upbeat playlist and mouthing along to the tunes". Annie Rice, Freelance Journalist

9. “Look out for birds, squirrels and cats. They’re adorable from a distance but a major trip/squish hazard if they dash out under your feet.” Georgia Scarr, Deputy Digital Editor

10. “Hair up and dry shampoo will help you get away with not washing your hair even if you need a post-run shower…” Sam Murphy, Section Editor