How To Run At Lunch

Is it seriously Wednesday already? This week is flying by! I also just realized there are only 15 days until Christmas, so maybe I better get my butt in gear and get my shopping done?

Random shoe and tights shot...maybe I should stop taking selfies and Christmas shop!
Random shoe and tights shot…maybe I should stop taking selfies and Christmas shop!

I never did a run recap from last week, so here it is:

Weekly Running Recap 12/1-12/7

Monday 12/1– Rest day

Tuesday 12/2– 4 miles late night T-mill (7:47 pace)

Wednesday 12/3– 5 miles easy outside (8:15 pace)

Thursday 12/4 (Wedding Anniversary!) 4 miles at lunch (forgot Garmin so not sure of the pace, maybe 8:20s?)

Friday 12/5- 6 miles AM (8:00 pace)

Saturday 12/6– 8 miles T-mill tempo during Max’s nap (1 mile at 8:34, 3 miles at 7:41, 3 miles at 7:30, 1 mile at 8:34)

Sunday 12/7– Easy 4 miles (dead Garmin- I think 9 min pace roughly)

Total= 31 miles, which is pretty much where I’ve been settling during the off-season

Shot from Saturday's run. This was before my 1-mile cool down.
Shot from Saturday’s run. This was before my 1-mile cool down.Yes, I was reading People magazine while running 🙂

Max has been begging to go running lately. Every time we walk by the jogging stroller he says “Running! Running!” but it’s just been too cold and windy, or dark out by the time I get home, for us to get out there. It looks like this weekend will be in the upper 40s both days, so we’re definitely going to get out there and enjoy it!

As you can see from my recap, I ran at lunch one day last week. That’s pretty much the norm for me. During marathon training, I did it a lot more often. Which meant getting to work a lot earlier, staying later, or getting work done at night from home. Sacrifices, eh?

Anyway, I’ve had a few people email me about how I run at lunch. Like how does it work with having to get back to my desk and not look like a grease monkey and gross out my co-workers with my stank? It doesn’t. Just kidding (I hope).

Here are some of the ways that I make lunchtime runs work:

  • I run at a nearby park that has showers/bathrooms or at my workplace gym
  • I either take a quick shower if I get really sweaty(I don’t wash my hair—I only do if it’s super hot and I sweat a ton, then I just wear my hair in a wet bun to work), or I just wash my face and reapply my makeup if I don’t get super sweaty
  • I use baby wipes to freshen up when I skip the shower
  • I have thick, long hair and it usually looks pretty nasty if I wear it down after running, so I put it in a pony, bun or braid
  • I eat lunch at my desk when I get back
  • I try to plan my outfit for running days. It’s faster to change into and out of a dress than pants, shirt, sweater etc. I also make sure to pack extra socks!
  • My toiletry kit and my running clothes/shoes are always in my car, so If I have a light day at work or a meeting gets cancelled, I can squeeze in a run

It’s definitely a hell of a lot easier to run at lunch in the winter than in the summer. I personally sweat like a pig in the humid Indiana weather, but in the cold I don’t sweat as much and can get away with a quick freshen-up. I also have walls around my cubicle so people can’t smell me as much 🙂

Another thing to note is that the company I work for encourages wellness and fitness—hence why we have a gym. They offer CrossFit classes, yoga and more, so it’s not out of the norm for people to workout on their lunch breaks here. I am very, very grateful for that. It’s nice to know that I don’t always have to run at the crack of dawn or after Max goes to bed!

Do you ever run or workout on your lunch break? Any secret tips you want to share?

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8 thoughts on “How To Run At Lunch

    1. That’s awesome you run early! I envy early morning runners because I want to be one. I’m only a lunch/evening runner by default. I set my alarm and then hit snooze a million times. Haha. Once every two weeks or so I manage to get myself up early 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Dry shampoo! I have really fine hair, so mine shows grease quick! Dry shampoo has saved me on a number of occasions. I’m also a user of baby wipes in lieu of a shower 🙂 I also learned my coworkers just knew to expect it, so they were understanding of when I didnt look as great during the second half of the day!

  2. Thanks for the great tips! I’ve taken exercise (TRX) classes during my lunch break. My tips are taking shorter classes (TRX is only 45 min.) so there’s enough time to clean up afterwards and to use body wipes (I like Shower Pill).

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