How To Start Run Commuting

The idea of escaping the rush-hour traffic and public transport is the reason a lot of us have probably thought about taking up run-commuting – but the idea of carrying all that kit, getting dressed in the office and embracing such a new way of life can be intimidating. Here are our top tips to overcome the fear, get started and watch the health benefits (and money savings) start to rack up.

What kit do I need?

You don't actually need much kit for run commuting - just think your normal running kit. But there are some absolute essentials:

Running shoes

An obvious but very important one, the right running shoes are essential for any successful run. If your commute is mostly on pavements, you’ll need a good pair of road running shoes for support and cushioning. We always recommend visiting us or our sister brand Runners Need in-store for a comprehensive gait analysis to be matched with the perfect running shoes for your stride.

Running jacket

A running jacket will protect you from whatever the weather throws at you – especially if you plan to run commute all year round. It should be sweat-wicking and breathable to keep you cool, and packable enough to fit in your rucksack when you’re not wearing it, as well as having a degree of water resistance depending on your needs. Look out for features like high visibility and reflective detail for when the mornings and evenings get darker.

Running pack

A lightweight running pack will minimise bounce and evenly spread the weight of your kit across your back for a more comfortable ride. If you have little storage at work, look for a capacity of around 20L; if you have more storage you can go for a smaller pack.


Tips for run commuting

Scope out your workplace

Know your workplace; are there showers? Are there places to hang wet running kit? Or plug in a hairdryer? If you have any colleagues that run or cycle in, ask them about their morning routines and how they store their activewear. 

Run home

If you can’t shower at work, run your commute home instead.. Depending on the length of your journey, a one-way run commute is enough to give you a good workout, and then you can wash at home. Plus, you don’t have to worry about your clothes being crumpled when you get to work.


Carry your day’s clothes home from the office in your backpack or take it home on your rest day.

Run part of the way

If your commute is too far, try getting off the train or bus a few stops before yours and run the rest of the way. 

Pack savvy

Think about what you can leave in your locker, desk drawer, or changing rooms and what you need to bring in every day.


Belongings to leave at the office could be: 

  • Business outfit
  • Smart shoes
  • Underwear
  • Loose change
  • Deodorant
  • Baby wipes
  • Towel

You could try bringing spare clothes in on Monday and taking home worn clothes and towels on Friday.

Dry bags

Separate bags will always come in handy, whether it's a large dry bag for your dirty kit or a smaller one to protect your phone from the rain.

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