There’s really no good way to get to work from where I live. Transit takes forever, and I hate dealing with the crowds of people. Driving is slow, and paying for parking sucks. So, a few weeks ago, I decided to test an idea: is running to work faster than driving?
I only work 6.6km from where I live. In order to ensure the experiment was legit, I ran to work the exact same route that I drive to truly test whether running was faster. The results? Driving: 39 minutes. Running: 36:16, plus the added benefit of getting exercise, enjoying my commute, AND saving money on parking and gas. I also got a big kick out of running past stopped cars, and then seeing them a few minutes later at the next intersection. I literally can run as fast as you can drive in morning rush hour traffic. Overall, running wins big time.
Of course, there’s the added challenge of having to run to work with clothes and makeup in a tiny backpack, and planning to shower at work. And if the weather sucks, running becomes much less enjoyable but overall, it is good to know I have another option – especially one that has proven to be the fastest.
Over the next few weeks as I start ramping up my marathon training, I plan to run to work more often. If this is going to become a habit, a running backpack will be key. The little backpack I used was too small and the material is scratchy. It actually left two teeny wounds on my shoulders where it rubbed as I was running. And I need to carry a fair bit of gear. I drew the line at bringing a hairdryer, but clothes, a small towel and dry shampoo was a non-negotiable. I did a little research and found the following running backpack options:
- Nike Cheyenne Vapour Running Backpack. I’m a big Nike fan so this one is immediately choice #1.
- Osprey Valkyrie 9 Rucksack. This is from a site in the UK, but right idea. Plus the name “rucksack” is awesome.
- The aptly named Run from Work Backpack from Lululemon. Seems appropriate.
Any suggestions? If you run with a backpack, I’d love to hear any recommendations for my next commute to work.