Friday, February 20, 2015

Runching 101

People often ask me how I manage to fit in all my training. Well, I'm going to let you in on a little secret ;)

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:
  1. Stick with easy or recovery miles - they involve less sweat!
  2. 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!
  3. On that note, avoid areas that are highly populated with pedestrians. Unless you like zigzagging around people as you run ;)
  4. Use unscented baby wipes to clean up after your workout
  5. Embrace post-workout hair and turn your running ponytail into a work-ready bun
  6. 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!
  7. 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:
  1. Have you ever runched? If so, what do you like about it? If not, why haven't you tried it?
  2. What tips do you have for successful runching?

- ST

62 comments:

  1. I really wish my work schedule allowed me to workout during lunch. But as a teacher who only has 25 minutes to eat, go to the bathroom, and make last minute copies, running during lunch will always be a dream.

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    1. Fitting all that into 25 minutes sounds like a workout! :)

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  2. I don't run but I enjoy taking a lunchtime walk during the warmer months to visit the farmer's market.

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    1. Sounds like a lovely way to spend the lunch hour! Plus, you're getting away from your desk which I find always helps boost productivity :)

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  3. All great tips! I used to do this a lot but my day is now filled with back to back meetings so I can't, maybe someday it will be back to normal so I can get back to runching!! :)

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    1. Maybe things will slow down this spring/summer/fall. All better times to runch than during the winter months :)

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  4. I love to runch! I'm especially lucky because I work in downtown DC so often I runch down by the national mall and run past all the monuments. I am lunch though that we have a locker room with showers at my work but I like all of your tips for freshening up post run too.

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    1. I'm jealous of a locker room! That sounds wonderful :) Gorgeous sights to run by during a runch!

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  5. Agree agree agree! Before I started at my current job I was a 4 day per week runcher! (Now I can't do it because I never get a break. I had to move to early morning.) It gave me so much energy later in the day though. I miss it sometimes! It would be convenient here too because we have a shower!

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    1. Maybe things will slow down at some point so you can get back to runching :) I wish I could be more of an early morning person. I usually can't handle more than a few morning workouts a week!

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  6. Back when I worked in an office I would runch every now and then. Also chose short, easy runs so I wouldn't be too sweaty. However I sweat like a pig so it didn't always work, especially in the warmer months. I even had a colleague ask me if it was raining out when they saw me as I was coming in from a run. Nope! Just me sweating profusely!

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    1. I runched a few days last summer when I came back to the office pretty sweaty. All I can say is, a cold lunch is the only way to go on those days. I can't imagine eating or drinking anything hot for hours :)

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  7. Great tips, Sun! I work from home now so I do runch but don't have to clean up. I did sneak in a 20 minute run between a business meeting and dinner with colleagues in a hotel the other day and pretty much wiped down, blew dry my hair and got dressed. Don't tell! No one seemed to notice ;)

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    1. I'm sure no one could tell a thing :) Great job squeezing those miles in!

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  8. Good tips! Wipes are definitely a staple in my gym bag!

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    1. Thanks Deborah! They're a great way to help cooldown after a sweat fest :)

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  9. That's a great idea! When I'm at work, I can't, because quite frankly sometimes I don't even get a break! But the days at home I could!

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    1. It's tough not getting a break during the workday! If you have time at home, definitely give it a try :)

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  10. I've never run at lunch because I feel weird about changing in my office. Is that weird? I mean, I have a private office with a door and everything, but I always feel like someone's going to bust in on me. And there's even a lock on the door!

    These are great tips, though. I'm going to have to try to get over my dressing-in-the-office phobia and try runching sometime.

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    1. I usually end up changing in the bathroom in a stall. Lol. Not the greatest but at least it's a bigger one!

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  11. I 'runch' regularly (although I don't think that word will catch on in my vocabulary - lol!). I can ran along the Vancouver Seawall, and even into Stanley Park if the mood strikes! I do not have hair to worry about post-run, and thankfully we have access to showers. No amount of baby wipes would suffice for me, I'm afraid!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I think it's easier for guys to shower off after a runch - if they have access to showers. For ladies, there's often hair to re-do and makeup to reapply. And I'd rather run an extra mile or two instead ;)

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  12. Nice post! I wish I could runch! I am not good at even taking a lunch break ( I eat a lot at my desk and keep going) so I think I am stuck with mornings!

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    1. I admire morning runners! I can't seem to get going in the morning before work so that's why it usually has to be runch for me :)

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  13. I love runching! I don't go out during lunch as often now, but for several years when I was working two jobs and my kids were young I did it 2-3 times per week. And an extra benefit, running in the heat of summertime was a big help getting through the 2007 Chicago Marathon when it was 88 degrees! :--)

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    1. That's an excellent point, Mike! Runching = better heat acclimation :)

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  14. Great tips for runching! I don't get out on my lunch break as it always seems my meager 30 minutes is never enough to really do anything. It's sort of just an excuse though because I know I could actually be racking up steps or at least be doing some stretching. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. 30 minutes is a short lunch break so I can definitely see not being able to runch! Hard to get changed, run and then get back into work clothes :)

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  15. The baby wipes are such a great idea! I never would have though to use those.

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    1. They're a nice, easy way to clean up a bit after a sweat session :)

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  16. Years ago before I went self employed I worked a job and used to wish I went running on my lunch break as others did! I love your tips and I agree, it's a great way to get the workout in. I love your term "runching" very creative:)

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    1. Haha, sadly I can't take credit for the term runching - I'm not sure who came up with the term but it's pretty clever!

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  17. Runching is my jam and the only way I can get miles in during the week!

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    1. Yay, a fellow runcher! Sometimes it's the only way I can make my weekly miles, too :)

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  18. I wish I could! My lunch is about 20 minutes long and I eat with the preceptor I'm working with, so there's no time to do it then. I need to turn myself into a morning person so I won't be tempted to say/think, "I'm too tired and I need to study!" by the time I finally get home!

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    1. I wish I could be a morning person, too. It's hard to get up early enough to get a quality workout in!

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  19. I love a good runch! and I love the name :) Your tips are right on point with what bring on a day where I am going to run during lunch. I also try to bring dry shampoo if I know it'll be a hot day (or baby powder) really anything that can soak up any sweat in my hair. I also agree about the productivity afterwards, it can make a world of difference!

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    1. I should really add dry shampoo to my bag - would definitely be helpful during the warmer months!

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  20. Wow you are really dedicated that's awesome. I've definitely never runched but I did use to go on walks around the college campus I worked at during lunch. There was no sweating involved!

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    1. Walking is great as well - really anything that gets you moving for a bit is sure to be beneficial :)

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  21. Great tips. I have never been a lunch running person. This may motivate me to try. Thanks!

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    1. Definitely give it a try sometime - you will not regret it :)

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  22. These are great tips, Sun! I'm a morning runner, but I'm about to start a job on Monday in addition to coaching, where I will have to be at work early and I'm not too excited about running in the dark, haha I'm not that kind of morning runner! I'll do what I need to do, but I hope when I get my schedule that there are some days where I'll have enough time to fit in a runch before going to coach later in the afternoon, they sound fun! :)

    I love the tip about the bun. My hair/ponytail gets SO tangled when I run that after races I have to put it in bun if I want to go out in public afterwards haha.

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    1. Ha, I am the same, Hailey. My ponytail never fails to turn into a tangled bush so a bun it is. And then lots of detangler when I get around to showering after the evening workout :)

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  23. Unfortunately I don't have much time during lunch so I can't' go runching but it's awesome that you can!

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    1. Yeah, I'm pretty lucky my work allows me to runch! I wish all workplaces allowed it!

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  24. I love the term runching! I don't work but I'm sure I'd runch if I did. You have to squeeze it in somehow and during your lunch is a good idea just as long as you can eat at your desk at a later time. I'm not sure I could go without eating lunch during the day!

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    1. Oh, I definitely eat at my desk after - I wouldn't be able to go all day without eating either :)

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  25. I have never runched because I don't work a regular job. I stay home with my kiddos during the week and work 12 hour shifts on weekends where we don't get long enough lunch breaks to make it worthwhile!

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    1. 12 hour shifts sound rough - long days like that are when runches are really needed :)

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  26. I haven't runched, but parking at work is pretty bad. I work at a university and there's not enough parking for all the students plus faculty and staff. I get in early and tend not to go anywhere.

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    1. Perhaps you can runch at the university campus so you don't have to move your car :)

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  27. I have tried running right before the lunch hour and anything after, I get grumpy. I just don't have the energy around that time of day for it.
    Great tips by the way :)

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    1. You have to do what's right for you :) What you mentioned is me after morning workouts. Tired for the rest of the day!

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  28. Great tips! I have been hesitant to run during lunch for the reasons you've mentioned, but it would be handy to be able to fit it in during the work day, instead of having to make time for it before or after work. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome! I was super intimidated at first by runching but after doing it a few times, it will just become part of your routine. Easy peasy :)

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  29. These are great tips. I don't have a 'normal' job, so don't runch. But if I did, I would find a way to do it!

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    1. I'm jealous of those of you with flexible schedules :)

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  30. I also take advantage of "Runch." With working full time & having kids activities in the evenings it is usually my best time to squeeze a run in. Found you through the Grow Your Blog February Blog hop. Love your site! :)

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    1. Thanks Aimee! I'm loving your site as well! This is my first blog hop but I'm really enjoying discovering so many new blogs to follow :)

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  31. Back when I was telecommuting, I was able to runch all the time and it was amazing for my training. Now, I work from 7:30am until 5:00pm and only get a half hour for lunch. It's not enough time to runch but thankfully, three days per week, we receive an hour as part of a workout incentive program. I will take it!

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    1. I love that your work offers a workout incentive program - more workplaces should do the same!

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