Lately, it seems like there has been an increase in running-related accidents (Tim Nelson of Seattle, and Sophie of TRC) or near-accidents (myself) everywhere you turn, so I thought it would be a good time to talk about where to run. I’m not talking about the safest or best cities for running – I mean where you position yourself while running in an urban, suburban, or rural environment.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest data, 4,092 pedestrians (runners included) were killed in traffic crashes in 2009. That number has been nearly unchanged for 10 years. While you are more likely to die in a very specific situation – In an urban environment at night with normal weather at a non-intersection – where are runner’s most safe?
The Real Flintstones
A reporter for the Arts and Life section of The Daily, an iPad-exclusive national e-newspaper, recently delved into the mysterious – nay, ‘prehistoric’ – world of run commuting, even going so far as trying it himself for two weeks. Now that’s dedication that we here at TRC can appreciate.
Bill Bradley interviewed long distance run commuter, Bob Heskovitz, who shared some solid tips on running to work. In addition to the article, Bradley reviewed a few of the smaller running backpacks, too, including the Osprey Manta 20.
Article: The Flintstone Commute: Running to work is good for your health and your schedule
Pack Reviews: The Right Stuff
Cleaning up after running to work is a topic of much discussion and debate. Some people will absolutely not run to the office if they can’t shower when they get there. Others, including some of the fine writers here at TRC, clean up without showering at all. We’ll have a post about that soon, but until then, check out this piece about Maglianero Cafe in Burlington, VT.
Biking or running to work in Burlington and finding that morning fix when you get there can be tough.
Rene Hanson said, “Most offices don’t have a shower and they don’t have a great coffee place either.”
The team at the new Maglianero Cafe on Maple Street is in business to change that. Its space is bike friendly and riders can grab a shower free of charge.
The folks are Maglianero are awesome! While it looks like their regulars are mainly cyclists, the shower facilities can be used by other alternative commuters, too. Check out their blog and if you are in the area, stop in and tell us about your visit!
Article and video: Why a new Burlington cafe offers showers.
Dave Bradshaw has logged around 37,000 miles over the past 12.5 years averaging around 8 miles a day.
Some quick highlights from the article:
- Gets in a run just after having surgery (not a few days after – the same day)
- Runs Grandma’s Marathon in 2:27:56
- Goes for a 12-mile run while wife is in labor
And how else does this amazing runner get in his miles?
On the days when he’s not running to work he’s carting his two cute kids to day care and running later.
Hats off to a fellow family-juggling run commuter!
Read the full story here: Macedon’s Dave Bradshaw has run 4,685 days without a break
A recent article in the London Evening Standard introduces a new company that provides a unique service for people who want to run home from work.
Home Run describes its services as “a series of guided group runs home from central London…we even carry your bag!” Gear is transported by bicycle to a designated finish point and you can pick it up once your group arrives.
Check out their video here:
It’s a pretty cool concept, but one that probably wouldn’t work in areas outside of large, urban centers. It would definitely work well in Atlanta – for those people who work and live in Atlanta. It might even work well for suburbanites if a group run finished at a commuter bus pickup location.
What do you think? Would you try run commuting if you were able to run after a long day of work without the hassle of carrying your gear?
Aside from the usual changes we make during scorching summer weather (slower pace, run before it gets too hot), here’s another quick and easy tip for beating the heat.
Adding a pinch of salt to your drink and downing it five minutes before you start running helps you retain fluids better, says Amby Burfoot of Runner’s World.
Sounds good to us!
Everyone is crazy about minimal shoes these days and running companies have responded by coming out with many new shoes this year to meet the desires of the running public. Here at The Run Commuter, we have been running in several models for a while now and so, I thought we could talk about the Transition Period.
For those that don’t already know, minimal shoes differ from normal running shoes in a few important ways:
1) Less material = Lighter and more flexible
2) Heel-toe drop is small or zero
3) Little or no arch support
There are several popular transitioning techniques and regimens, such as running barefoot, slow mileage buildup, mixing running in your regular shoes with running in minimal shoes, etc. However, most runners do not want to sacrifice their current mileage or speed to get to the point where they are running in minimal shoes 100% of the time. As a result, they end up with stress fractures or other injuries.