Today I did something that I have never done before. Ran. During. Lunch. And let me tell you it was one of the best things I have ever done. Running during your lunch hour is not something that everyone can do. Hell, I can’t even do it most days. However, I do have a great job where taking lunch is encouraged if you aren’t too busy and we happen to own 5 of the biggest sports/health/fitness magazine titles in the world so it isn’t frowned upon to get your sweat on any way that you can fit it into your schedule. I know, I am lucky.
Before you stop reading my post right now though, let me encourage you. Like I said, even I cannot even run at lunch on most days…but every once in awhile you have a nice short run and the weather is just perfect. Like, today for instance. I had a short and sweet 4 miler and it was 37 and sunny out. The breeze kept my drenching sweat to a minimum and the sun gave me the vitamin D and smiles I needed to come back to the office refreshed. Also, since I knew I was on a tight timeline I ran the four miles at high speed (for a “easy’ run)–finishing in around 36 minutes. Mapping my run before wasn’t a perfect science because I forgot to go up to 79th street and exit the park at that point. Instead I exited at 72nd street. Before I had a mild panic attack that I didn’t hit my mileage I re-mapped my route. LUCKILY, I had enough of a cushion on the run that I got my 4 in pretty much right on the dot.
All said in done because I planned ahead to do this it was a great decision. I wore the right outfit to work, I packed the right running clothes, I remembered the right tools to freshen up afterwards, and I knew what route I was doing (for the most part) ahead of time. Chances are if you are into this little blog of mine then you are a runner. At the very least you are an aspiring runner/fitness buff so even if you do not think that running at lunch is right for you I hope that this post gives you the push you need to get up from your desk and go take a 20 minute walk. You have no idea the wonders it will do for your day!
There is a saying that goes something like: “You know you’re a runner when it is not ‘will I run this week,’ but ‘when will I run this week.'” and I totally agree. This week is absolutely insane for me but I took a chance on the lunchtime run and I came out a winner.
Happy Lunchtime Running!