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In praise of the run-commute

13 February 2014

It’s the end of a long day and time to leave the office. You ate your lunch five hours ago. You haven’t drunk any water. It’s cold. It’s windy. It’s raining. It’s dark.  You just want to get on the train and sleep, but you have to run home.

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So why should you? Because the run-commute is the best run you’ll ever do!

It’s a multi-tasking genius of a run which gets you home and gets you fit; it ticks all the boxes without ticking off your partner or kids; it saves you money and it saves you time. You will never regret doing it, even if you arrive home drenched, freezing and exhausted, because as soon as you’ve showered you will have the rest of the evening to sit around and bask in the knowledge that you no longer have to get up and go out for a run.

I will admit that it is a pain working out what to pack in the mornings and remembering your sports bra and not forgetting to wear your trainers and making sure you have smart shoes at work and wearing a light jacket instead of a heavy coat and taking it all home again the next day. But it is all worth it.

I should really get a running rucksack.

Tonight I’m running 7 miles home, via Camden and Regents Park outer circle, and even though I’m molto exhausto, I expect to enjoy it approximately 100x more than last night’s 4 mile plod around Crouch End at 7.30pm. For after I’ve done it, I am going to eat chips and drink rosé on the sofa. So there.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 13 February 2014 2:44 pm

    Last year we did this for a full year in NYC. It was absolutely awesome, took some planning ahead, but I found some fun new places as I wove around different routes home each time! Great post.

  2. WalkToRio permalink
    13 February 2014 4:17 pm

    Running home for me isn’t as fun. I live 5 minutes walk from my office. What I do however, is leave everything set and ready, I start taking layers off the minute I step in the elevator (some days I’ll be prosecuted for public exposure), so I don’t’ waste any time looking for clothes. I grab the dog and off the door again.
    Chips and rosé sounds like the perfect way to end a night.

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