Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lunchtime Running

Last week I ran on my lunch break and it’s my new favorite thing. I can’t believe I didn’t start this sooner!

Usually I take a break around 12:30/1pm. I go for a walk, call my parents, or maybe run some errands. Then I get back to work and eat at my desk. My break can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour…so why not run in that time?

In an ideal world I would run late afternoon/evening every day, but post-work activities always get in the way, too often forcing me to drag myself out of bed for an early morning workout (uggghhhh ick), or skip my run altogether. (Read my When To Run for more info.) 

Lunchtime running, however, allows me to achieve the perfect balance! I get to sleep in, read the paper, and eat breakfast at home. My evenings are free to go see movies, hang out with friends, go out to dinner, see my refugees, etc. And if I’m only running 5 miles, that’s just 40 minutes, a totally reasonable amount of break time.

Again, how have I not been doing this all along? It’s like time has expanded allowing me to fit even more craziness into my already insanely busy schedule!

My office is near the Mall, but recently I’ve been doing the treadmill thing. (No, Hell has not frozen over…) One of my co-workers is getting into running, so we do this together. She can run/walk on the treadmill next to me while I run for 40 minutes - it’s a win-win, we chat the time away and keep each other motivated. It gives a whole new twist on the working lunch! (Ba-dum-bum-crash!) (Sorry.)

Like so many DC office buildings, we have a small workout room in our basement, plus a locker room. So far I’ve pioneered the dirty afternoon look…aka I just kinda wipe myself off, slap on some deodorant, and call it a day. But I could shower if I wanted to.

And, if you need another reason to run at lunchtime, it makes the day feel so much better! I’m not as late-afternoon-antsy at my desk, I walk fewer “laps” around the office, and I can concentrate better. All things good!

Do other people do this? Am I just late to the lunch-running-party? 


  1. I definitely run at lunch - my office is on the very western edge of town so a run in the foothills is easily accomplished! It's especially nice to do in the winter so I don't have to run in the dark!

  2. I used to run at lunch once or twice a week, and defintiely work out at lunch pretty often. Its such a great way to fit it all in and break up a monotonous work day! Welcome to the run at lunch party!

  3. Reminds me of the time I did lunch-time work-outs. You're absolutely right, utilizing lunch break is perfect and frees up the rest of your day in addition to zero middle-of-the-day slump!

  4. I've been working out during lunch for a few years, I love it too. It really wakes you up for afternoon too.

  5. I've heard of other people doing that, although I cannot because lunch is a variable time that can be as late as 3 PM if I get to take it at all. I think it is something I would definitely consider if I didn't have a job with no set lunch break and if I worked in a better neighborhood.

  6. Because I'm an academic my schedule varies pretty significantly from day to day. When I can I prefer the mid-morning run, but that often means I'm teaching a class, grading papers, or writing lectures long after 5pm.

  7. I know people who do it. I don't see it in my future because of lunch meetings and the whole where and how would I shower question. I do carpool to work with my SO, though, so I've been sticking my crap in the trunk and running home (with a detour for added mileage if I wish). In law school I used to bring clothes, run home, shower, and take the metro back for evening classes :)

  8. I would LOVE to be able to do this but... (TMI warning) I sweat like nobody's business. I can't even stand to smell myself after a run, so I wouldn't want to subject the whole office! BUT awesome for you that it works! I'm totally jealous :-)