It happened again this morning. I snoozed my alarm at 5:30 a.m. This shouldn’t still happen, but it does. And when it does, I know immediately that I need to run to work.
Training for a (Boston) Marathon, and being a mother of a 7-year-old son, I have no time for evening makeup runs. It must be done before after-school pickup at 5:30 p.m.
My two choices? Run to work or run home. But running home is challenging for a few reasons. I can get really caught up in work, and can’t leave when I need to, which doesn’t give me enough time to do get my mileage in (about 6–10 miles). And my stomach is always iffy in the evening. Even though I eat healthy, my stomach is sensitive, so after coffee, lunch, and snacking throughout the day, I can’t guarantee my run home will go smoothly. And finally, my muscles tighten up after sitting in the office all day. So really, the best option is to run to work in the morning.
These runs are never planned; they’re dictated by what happens when my alarm goes off. That means I need to have all of my work things with me when I run out the door to drop my son off and head into the office.
The Maya 10 Gregory running backpack fits my stuff perfectly and is actually very comfortable. I won’t lie, though. After a few days of backpack running my back hurts and is knotted up. But one to two times a week isn’t too bad.
While the backpack fits quite a bit of stuff, I’m still carrying it across 6-plus miles, so the lighter the better. That means I pack my lightest pair of pants (jeggings, so i can stretch throughout the day and still look classy), a thin shirt, flat shoes, and underwear.
My office doesn’t have a shower, therefore I got membership at a gym close by. They provide towel service and toiletries. I stash a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, perfume, and light makeup at my desk to freshen up once I get in.
Even though my run commute is plan B on mornings I just can’t get up early, I’m still starting the day off right. I get to work with wet hair, sneakers in my hand, and smiling. When my co-workers and bosses see that, they expect a good day from me—they know I got my run in.
Connie Fried has a 7-year-old boy, an engagement ring, 2 dogs, lots of sneakers, and zero excuses. PRs: 5:35 mile, 20:19 5K, 1:32 half marathon, 3:31 marathon, with a 3:25 goal in Boston.