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IF YOU’D LIKE an efficient way to squeeze in some training miles, try running to and/or from work. By turning your commute into a workout, you’ll get your run in, help the environment and cut your transportation costs. To find out if a running commute is viable for you, consider these points.

Distance

The ideal distance for a running commute is from 2 to 7 miles. If you live more than 7 miles away, consider catching a ride part way, or schedule just one or two running commutes per week. (You could rearrange your running schedule so your long run falls on Monday instead of Sunday, for example.)

Clothing

Presenting a fresh work appearance after a run requires some planning; here are some approaches you might take.

* Ask a friend or co-worker to bring your clothes to work and drop them in your office or locker room.

* Hook up with a fellow runner who wants to split the commute: You’ll each drive one way and run the other. The person who’s driving can shuttle the clothes. (more…)