Some days what needs to be done is a run during work hours. I never wanted to join the gym at work and exercise or shower with people I worked with. Who wants to see that? UGH... I joined for a while and basically donated a years worth of dues to the cause.
When I started running seriously, I'd get up at 5 a.m. and run or run after work. I usually fit in a run either before or after work.
Last fall a co-worker convinced me to join the gym at work so I could run on the treadmill in the cold weather, instead of getting up at 5, freezing, or risk my life running in the dark. I could run outside in daylight when it was warmer in the colder months. It would help my speed he promised.. I acquiesced, joined the gym, and ran on the treadmill exactly twice, it sucked. I joined a class, not my thing.
Well I did like running outside, in the daylight, and when it was warmer than it was at 5 a.m.. I found my best time to run is 10:30 - 12 (Noon). I was sufficiently awake, caught up on work, and really ready for a break. I can fit in any where between a 3 and 6 mile run in the 90 minutes I've allocated myself 4 days a week and bring my lunch to my desk and eat and see what happened in the 90 minutes I was improving my mood.
My co-workers and clients are mostly Manhattan based, they seem to arrive at work around 10 a.m. and work a bit later. I can catch up on what happened the night before, take a little break and spend the afternoon in meetings.
I like running during work really helps me. My day is broken into chunks and I manage my work better when I know I have a certain amount of time to accomplish something. Read: I am a procrastinator! Also my co-workers can tell a difference pre-run versus post-run. If I’m having a bad day one of my desk mates will whisper “run run run run” this prompt me to smirk, grab my gym bag and head out.
Truly, I know how lucky I am to have a gym and shower facilities and a place to run during work. Many people remark, well if you didn’t run during work would you run at all, it take so much time and I just don’t have time? Hell yes, I’d be out there at 5 a.m. like I used to be. Running is a priority in my life and I am extremely grateful I can balance it all out and run in the day light in the colder months!
Do you or can you RUNch?
Beth, RUNching on a regular basis