If you want to save money, de-stress and get fit without having to find extra time to hit the gym, then swapping your usual mode of transport to work for running could be the perfect answer.
These days you won’t be alone either, the trend of the so-called #runcommute is growing fast but to join the tribes hitting the pavements pre and post work there are logistics to conquer. Showering, keeping your work clothes clean and dry, not to mention staying warm and dry yourself. To help you hurdle those barriers we’ve put together a list of innovative and practical runcommute essentials.
Salomon Trail 20L Rucksack
Probably the single most important weapon in the run commuters arsenal is the backpack. Lightweight, sturdy and sleek, the Salomon Trail Rucksack is ideal for the journey to work.
With both a mesh and zip pocket on the outside, it offers instant access to all those necessary bits and bobs (travel pass, money, keys, phone). There’s plenty of space for a laptop inside and when it’s not completely full, you can make it smaller using two compression straps. The minimalist design also means it’s a smart option for anyone who likes things fuss-free.
Adidas Ultra Boost
If you're run-commuting on a regular basis you'll be needing a decent pair of running shoes. They may be pricey but you can’t go far wrong with a pair of Adidas Ultra Boost. Comfort is high on the list when you’re pounding the pavements with a rucksack on your back to and from work.
The extra cushioning through the heel and sock-like fabric of the upper lining makes this shoe really comfy to wear. While the innovative Boost foam literally puts power into every stride with it’s energy return system.
Ultra Olive Taped Seam Bag
No one ever tells you about the downsides of the run commute e.g. where to put the stinky aftermath of a speedy 10K from home to the office or how to protect your office outfit from the often challenging British weather.
You could use plastic bags but they can leak, instead opt for something like the Ultra Olive taped seam dry bag which is completely waterproof and can store trainers up to size 12.
SOLE Dual Layer Socks
You might not consider socks to be a deal-breaker but when you get your first blister you’ll regret not taking this important piece of kit more seriously. Investing in a pair of proper a nti-blister running socks, such as these dual-layer socks from SOLE can help protect that important mode of transport - your feet.
Nathan Sports Lightspur
Waterproof and with over 100 hours of battery life, these detachable lightspurs from Nathan Sport are ideal for staying safe while running at night, keeping you visible to the traffic from behind.
They weigh next to nothing, can be attached to the back of almost any trainers in seconds and take the worry out of early morning or late evening trek to and from work.
The Mio FUSE is the latest in a new generation of wearable technology to track your workout, measure your heart rate and keep an eye on your progress. It syncs with all the main workout apps (Strava, MapMyRun, Wahoo etc) and looks less bulky on the wrist than some of its competitors, thanks to the soft silicon bracelet and touchscreen design.
If you want to give those regular runs an extra edge by monitoring how much you’ve improved then this nifty piece of kit will certainly help you push yourself harder with ease.
Ultimate Direction Body Bottle
Stay hydrated throughout your journey without adding weight to your pack with the pliable Ultimate Direction Body Bottle.
Made from BPA-Free TPU, this soft transparent flask allows you to see how much fluid you have left and can squash down to virtually nothing once you’ve finished. Shaped to fit in your hand, it’s also designed so you can take quick sips without wasting water throughout your run.
Yurbuds Inspire 400 Sports Headphones
Once you’ve got the hang of twisting and locking the Yurbuds headphones in place, you’ll never want to buy another pair again. Super comfortable without compromising on sound quality, the Yurbuds Inspire Pro version also feature full track, call and volume control and have a sweat and water resistant microphone. They’re ideal for catching any last minute calls that might come through once you’ve left the office.
Berghaus Light Speed Hydroshell Jacket
You can’t control the weather but you can do your upmost to stay dry in a downpour. The new generation of waterproof jackets are lighter, offer more protection and made with breathable technology.
Berghaus’ new collection of Hydroshell jackets offer a light-weight material though enough to handle the British wet weather while still letting heat escape. More importantly, there’s the added bonus of an odour-resistant finish which means it’s less likely to smell after one sweaty run. You colleagues will thank you for that.
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Half Cube
Not only will the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Half Cube keep your clothing crease-free and protect from any leakage (it happens), it’s also ultra-light and can fit into most rucksacks (measures 25 x 18 x 10cm). With two separate transparent compartments, you can organise your clothing for the day. Then compress the cube down to virtually nothing.