Why I Run My Commute

It’s a combination of time and location that really makes run commuting my favoured way of getting to work: time because the morning is very much my shift on the child care duties, so I need to be able to commute quickly and easily; and location because I live in north London, where the most direct form of transport to central London is the bus. Which is akin to being trapped in a sweaty box.

It’s also the main source of my base miles for any training I do. I can add or remove miles by choosing a certain street to run down, add some hills through Hampstead Heath or simply go direct. Run commuting allows me that flexibility while ticking the box of going to work. Which is, apparently and annoyingly, still required of me.

Joining Red Bull’s “Million Mile Commute” is a fantastic example of how using running as transport can allow you to free up time while still hitting your weekly mileage target. Being a nerd, I already tick the little commute button whenever I run or cycle commute, because that’s how my brain works, but by simply joining the club on Strava and doing the same, your miles get added to the tally and there’s a chance to win some prizes.

The target of a million miles is a big one, and the motivation for prizes is great, but the bigger achievement of that many people covering that many miles is far more significant and can only help encourage people to run more. Even if it’s just a short stint from the station to the office that’s more metres logged and someone else who has made the choice to be more active. That’s a good thing in my book.

Ditch the train for trainers and go the extra mile by signing up to the Red Bull Million Mile Commute club on Strava, and be eligible for a Red Bull sample kit to set you on your way.