Essential Guide: Running To MLFC

We find time to run before work, after work, and sometimes on a lunch time whilst at work. So why don’t more of us run to work?

There can be a few practical obstacles to overcome, but the benefits can be well worth the effort. Running is not only great for your health … running to work can save you money, help the environment, and help to reduce the number of cars on our roads.

You won’t be surprised to hear, therefore, that we think running to work is a great idea. To help you on your way we have pulled together this handy guide to the ‘run-commute’, with links to some useful products.

We’ve also produced an Active Travel Guide for MLFC, which includes information on facilities available on site, local routes and much more. You can view and download the guide on the resources page, here.

We even offer employees of the Bank a discount at Runners Need, follow the link below to find out more.

Tips for the best run-commute

Know the facilities

Before you start running to work it’s important you know your workplace facilities.

At MLFC lockers and hanging and drying facilities can be found in the basement car park, near the cycle storage. You can access this from Giltspur Street.
There’s also a unisex shower block located outside the West Building, next to the basement car park which you can use after your run to work!

Take a look at the Active Travel Guide on the resources page to see a map of facilities open to those commuting by bike or on foot!

Consider running home, or part of the way

If you can’t or don’t want to shower at work in the morning, why not just 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 wash at home. You also don’t have to worry about your clothes being crumpled when you get to work. Carry your day’s clothes home from the office in your back pack or take it home on your rest day.

If your commute is too far to run all of the way, why not consider running the last mile from the train station, or jump off the bus a couple of stops early? For anyone wanting to squeeze some miles into a busy schedule, this can be a the perfect solution.

Plan our route ahead

If you are new to the run-commute, it is best to plan your route ahead. Google Maps is a great place to start as not only does it let you plan a route on foot, but it also shows you the elevation along your route.

Once you know where you are heading, it’s a good idea to give it a test run. Could you run your route on a weekend to see how it goes?

What kit do you need?

Thankfully, you don’t need a great deal to get out there and start running to work. It’s one of the beauties of it, and for some a good pair of comfy running shoes is all you need. There are some ways to make life easier, however, both on your journey and once you reach work.

Running Shoes
Like all running kit, the right running shoes are vital. If your commute is mostly on roads or pavements, you’ll need a good pair of road running shoes for support and cushioning.

Get your gait analysed at your local Runners Need store for free and find the best running shoes for you. Using video technology to analyse how your feet respond to every step, the Runners Need expert fitters can assess your biomechanics and running style to ensure you’re running in the perfect trainers. 

Running Jacket
Be prepared whatever the weather throws at you by wearing or packing a lightweight running jacket. First and foremost, it should be sweat-wicking and breathable to keep you cool and comfortable. Then you can choose between water-resistant (showerproof) and waterproof depending on your needs. Look out for features like high visibility and reflective detail.

Backpack
lightweight running backpack is essential for running to and from work. A running specific backpack will minimise bounce and evenly spread the weight of your kit across your back for a more comfortable trip. If you have little storage space at work look for a running backpack with around 20 litres; if you need less storage space, you can go for a smaller bag. 

It is also a good idea to pick savvy. Think about what you can leave in your locker, desk drawer, or changing rooms and what you need to bring in every day. Belongings to leave at the office could be: 

  • Suit
  • Smart shoes
  • Underwear
  • Loose change
  • Deodorant
  • Baby wipes
  • Towel