Whether you’re looking to beat the rush hour traffic, save some extra cash, or avoid using public transportation, there are many appealing reasons to start running to work instead of heading there via vehicle – not to mention the health benefits!


However, with the thought of all the extra kit you’ll need to bring, getting dressed in the office, and feeling fresh – we understand that the thought of running to work can be off-putting. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to starting your run commute, from essential commuting kit to our top tips on keeping safe and comfortable.

What Should I Be Wearing?

Running Shoes

Like all running kit, finding the right running shoes is vital not only for your performance but also for your comfort. If your commute is mostly on roads or pavements, you'll need a good pair of road running shoes for support and cushioning. For more country routes, a good pair of waterproof trail running shoes is vital for navigating uneven terrain and slick mud. 


If in doubt, why not come for a gait analysis at your local Runners Need store to discover the best running shoes for you with the help of our in-store experts? Using video technology to analyse how your feet respond to every step, our expert fitters can assess your biomechanics and running style to ensure you select the perfect trainers. 

Running Jackets

Be prepared for whatever the weather throws at you on your trip into the office with one of our incredible lightweight running jackets. With a variety of options avaliable, including water-resistant, wind-resistant, waterproof, and windproof, we have jackets available for all weather conditions. Choose from moisture-wicking, breathable fabrics, ventilation technologies, and high-visibility and reflective options for winter conditions.

Running Backpacks

The difference with run commuting as opposed to an everyday run is the need to bring all your items along for the journey. Whether it’s your work uniform, work laptop, or a packed lunch – ensure you get a backpack that can go the distance with our fantastic selection of lightweight running backpacks. A running specific rucksack minimises bounce and evenly spreads the weight of your kit across your back for a more comfortable ride. With a range of sizes and features, including security pockets and hydration sleeves – find your perfect run commute partner and take the stress out of the workday in comfort.

Our Top Tips For The Best Run Commute

Scope Out Your Workplace Facilities

  • Understand what facilities your workplace provides: Are there showers? Are there places to hang your wet running kit? Or plug in a hairdryer? If you have colleagues who run or cycle in, why not ask them about their morning routines and how they store their activewear?

Make It A Run Rather Than a Commute

  • If you can’t shower or there’s a lack of facilities available, don’t run to work – run home. Depending on the length of your journey, a one-way run-commute is enough to give you a good workout, and then you can head back home to shower and change in comfort. There’s also the bonus of not having your clothes crumpled when you get to work!

Don’t Make Your Run Too Long

  • If your commute to work is too far, don’t struggle and exhaust yourself - try getting a train or bus and get off a few stops before work to run the rest of the way. 

Calculate Your Time Wisely

  • If your commute to work is too far, don’t struggle and exhaust yourself - try getting a train or bus and get off a few stops before work to run the rest of the way. 

Be Safe, Be Seen!

  • Run-commuting means early mornings or late evenings when visibility can be poor, especially during winter. If you're running in low light conditions, select bright outer layers with high visibility and reflective details to keep safe. Shop our hi-vis collection here.

Pack Savvy

  • Remember: Everything needs to fit into a backpack you need to run with, so ensure you pack smart. Think ahead of what you could leave at the office in a locker, desk drawer, or changing room to make the trip in that little bit easier, whether it’s your suit or uniform, a set of work shoes, spare underwear and socks, deodorant, or a towel for the shower

Pack An Extra Bag

  • An extra bag is always handy, whether you use it to separate your sweaty running kit or muddy running shoes from your work laptop, or to protect your phone from the rain in an unexpected downpour.

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