Okay, that was supposed to be a portmanteau of "runner" and "commuter" but it just sounds weird, doesn’t it.
Anyway, I had a straightforward 3 miles on the schedule for today and early meetings in the morning, and so I decided to run to the train. It’s almost exactly 5k, so it works out really well. 3.09 miles in 37:47, I made it to the train on time, and I didn’t get hit by any cars crossing the busy intersections (I always walk through them just to make sure people see me). Wins all around.
There are still some logistical issues that I need to iron out before this becomes a weekly habit, mostly around my backpack and my lunch. I have a daypack that I really like, it’s 40L but it straps down to be very compact if there’s not much stuff in it and it has a good system of straps and clips to keep it in place. Today I packed up my clothes and work shoes, wallet and keys, a small thermos of coffee and the shaker bottles for lunch (just the powder, no liquid ingredients). That was about as much as I would want to have on my back! And the daypack doesn’t have as good separation between compartments as my usual commuter backpack, so I had to wrap things up to ensure that my clothes didn’t get dusted with protein powder. Last week I just bought lunch on Wednesday. That might be a better way to go.
It’s starting to get chilly in the mornings, and before long it’s going to still be dark at 7am. Putting on another layer is no big deal, but the darkness scares the bejeezus out of me because cars. It might be time to look into some more reflective gear.