Run-commuting! Is it possible for me?
September 2, 2014 12:40 PM Subscribe
Would love to run instead of taking the bus to the train station for a thousand reasons, but the logistics of it are making me sweat! Most posts/websites on this topic deal with a simpler commute than what I have. Mine involves several legs (and my own legs would like to run whenever possible!). Could you help me, Mefites?
I currently have a 2 hour-ish commute to and from my university, about 3 days a week: home --> bus ride --> train ride --> subway ride --> walk --> university.
It looks bad, but actually once I'm on the train everything goes very smoothly, and I even enjoy it. It's the first leg, the bus to the train station, that's killing me. Depending on the day, I have to devote anywhere between 20-40 minutes as "buffer time" so as not to miss my train. Thanks, unpredictable local bus system! (And it gets even worse in winter...)
It has just recently occurred to me to look into run-commuting, since I run regularly anyway. The direct route is about 2.7 km.
The problem is the train-subway leg in the middle, totaling about 1 hour 10 minutes. As mentioned, this part is normally very relaxing for me.
This would no longer be the case if I entered the first train a sweaty, red-faced mess. Or at least, I don't think I mind how I look, but I'm very concerned about harassing my poor fellow commuters with stink, and/or getting cold.
There is a public bathroom at the station where I could wash up a bit and have a measure of privacy (the actual toilet stalls are pay-per-use, not a long-term solution).
Ideally though, I wouldn't have to change at all, since I have to walk 1+km anyway from the subway to campus. In fact, I could run directly into the university's gym and shower.
Assuming that this isn't a terrible unworkable idea (because Thing-I-Haven't-Thought-of-Yet), I have some more specific questions:
1. What kind of relatively low-cost sportswear might be good for this specific situation, i.e. reigning in possible sweat odors and regulating body temperature for 1+ hours? Until now I've just worn old cotton clothes while running, so I have no knowledge of high-tech sports gear, and even less money for it. But if it's really highly recommended for this particular dilemma, I might splurge a bit.
2. I've seen posts about running + backpacks, but I keep wondering about the wear and tear on my netbook, and sometimes a larger laptop. Has anyone had problems with their laptops/electronics specifically due to running with them regularly?
So I would love to hear feedback/ideas/anecdotes/etc.! Has anyone tried something like this before? How did it work out? Other thoughts? Hope I didn't forget any important details. Thanks for taking the time to read!