Runch (verb): the act of running at lunch
I like my job. I really do. But on the days I runch, I love my job. Running at lunch, no matter how brief, clears my mind and invigorates me for the rest of the day. I come back to the office happy, full of energy, and smelling surprisingly fresh.
I would love to runch every day but I just don’t have the time to do it often. And when I do my runs are generally short.
The days I make the time? In fall when the leaves are glorious, the sun is shining, and winter is looming. During summer when the sun is out. When I crave trails. If I need a change of pace. On days I have after work or evening plans and want to fit a run in.
It’s actually fairly simple to run at lunch, if you plan ahead.
- Check the temps and pack your runch clothes accordingly. Do it the night before so you don’t forget something important in your rush to gather everything in the morning.
- If you runch often, keep a little bag at your desk with items you frequently use like deodorant, wipes or towels, spare make up, hair ties, etc.
- If you have shower facilities, great! Pack body and face wash and a towel. If you don’t, take a hand towel, body wipes, and face wash.
- Take a blowdryer. On a runch this summer it started to pour rain. My hair was dripping wet by time I got back to work. Thankfully there was a blowdryer in the change room so I could dry it instead of heading into the office with soaked hair!
- Since most people actually eat at lunch time, you need to plan to eat a little before to hold you over. Don’t forget to pack good recovery food for after your run.
- Let a coworker know what time you should be back and, if possible, the route you plan to take. Safety is still important during the day!
- Realize stuff happens. You’re paid to work, not to run (well, most of us!). So if work comes up and you can’t runch, save it for another day.
I ran at lunch once a week for the past couple weeks. The trails were calling my name in the splendid fall sunshine. Instead of being disappointed my runs would be short, I ran one a bit faster and on the other took a hillier route.
As always, I went back to work happy and reenergized.
I love that more and more companies are realizing the importance of healthy, active employees and are offering benefits like subsidized gym memberships and employee fitness classes, or even time to runch once in a while. Check out Outside’s 100 Best Places to Work in 2013 (note the Best Perks: Fitness Plans portion).
Do you run at lunch? Does your work offer any fitness programs?