Valentine’s Day, how cliché.

Today I wanted to share a new found love in something I’ve only recently started doing. Running to work.

The odds were always against me and some still are, but with our house move came a new route into work and inspiration and the motivation to give it a go.

My main limiting factor was that my workplace doesn’t have a shower. It still annoys me but there’s nothing I can do about it, so I am proactive and do what I can – I use my gym membership and shower there near-ish work, then walk the rest of the way.

My new route takes in the Edinburgh canal path and apart from the cyclists, I feel safer and more at one running along here than on the pavement. Yes eventually the path ends but from there I’m halfway and it’s a downhill stretch to my morning destination.

On Monday I packed my kit – another thing you really have to think about, plan and nail – and set off, but I’d forgotten one thing. It’s still Winter in Scotland and it was dark at 7am. Cue finding a newer route, retracing the bus route and trying to avoid the darkness of the canal path. For now. I’m even more excited for Spring now!

My run commute has happened twice so I’m still making it my habit, tweaking and learning. On the first day I packed brown shoes instead of black, but I did remember a vest for yoga after so I didn’t have to sweat it out in a long sleeve in the studio. Yesterday I forgot my hairbrush so I spent a few minutes in front of the mirror detangling my hair with my fingers. At the weekend I plan to buy a little toiletries bag packed with all my essentials so I’m never caught out again.

Is anyone out there a run commute pro, have their routine down and can share some tips? Let’s help each other out in the comments below! 

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