Most people do their workouts in the morning or evening. I train during those times, too. But I also use my lunch hour as a third option for fitting in a run. These workouts I call runch.
Having an extra time slot for getting in workouts makes a world of difference. For example, instead of having to slog through recovery miles the morning after a tough track workout (less than 12 hours recovery), I can choose to do my recovery miles over lunch. Believe me - a few extra hours of recovery time may not seem like a lot but it really does help!
An added benefit is the mental boost that comes with a midday workout. I find that on days that I runch, I'm much more alert during the afternoon, more productive and more creative. The funny thing is, I don't notice this effect when I do a morning workout. It seems exclusive to runch!
So, speaking of work, some of you are probably thinking that you can't runch because your workplace doesn't have a shower facility. Well, mine doesn't either! I'll admit, it's not ideal to not be able to wash up after a workout, but you shouldn't let that stop you. With a bit of planning, you can runch, not shower, and still make it through the afternoon without offending your coworkers.
Post-runch, ready to clean up!
A few tips:
- Stick with easy or recovery miles - they involve less sweat!
- Eat a small snack about an hour before starting your runch. And avoid routes that go past popular restaurants and food trucks. It will just make you hungry while running!
- On that note, avoid areas that are highly populated with pedestrians. Unless you like zigzagging around people as you run ;)
- Use unscented baby wipes to clean up after your workout
- Embrace post-workout hair and turn your running ponytail into a work-ready bun
- Consider your work clothing the days you runch. For example, avoid tight pants, silk tops, etc. Basically anything that won't feel good to put on after sweating!
- Things to remember: deodorant, a small towel, a change of underwear, a fresh headband (if you use one) and body spray (just a spritz or two helps!)
A runch essential!
I hope you give runching a try at some point. You just may discover it's your new favorite time of day to train :)
My questions for you:
- Have you ever runched? If so, what do you like about it? If not, why haven't you tried it?
- What tips do you have for successful runching?