It happens to the best of us. Your training plan says you need to run X miles for the day, but you have COMMITMENTS: an early morning meeting at work and dinner plans with friends in the evening. Your only option is to set your alarm for the cringeworthy hour of 4am — or is it? I’m telling y’all — runching is the solution!
For those of you unfamiliar with runch, it’s a run that takes place during the lunch hour. It’s a great way to squeeze a few miles into an otherwise jam-packed day.
I know most of you are thinking this is all well and good as long as you have a place to shower after the run. But no sweat — there are a few tricks of the trade that allow you to get your workout in even without a post-run shower.
So without further ado, my tips for running successfully over the lunch hour.
- Run in lightweight, sweat-wicking clothing – This is super important to help stay cool and minimize sweat.
- Find a shady route – Running during the noon hour is running when the sun is at its most intense. Do your skin a favor and find a shady route.
- Do a 5-10 minute cooldown walk – Finish up your run a few blocks away from your end destination. By the time you get back to work, you’ll feel human again.
- Use lots of wipes – As you’re changing after your run, give yourself a good wipe down. I’m a fan of good old-fashioned unscented baby wipes. But if you’re fancier, there are also athletic wipes that are a bit larger in size and great for wiping away any post-run grossness.
- Swipe on a good deodorant – You definitely don’t want to be the smelly kid in the office. So do everyone a favor and swipe on a clinical strength deodorant. In fact, do it before you run, too.
- Consider headbands and hairpins as your friend – This one is for the ladies. I know many of you claim you can’t runch because of your hair. With the right headband and a few hairpins, this is a non-issue. Simply slick your hair back in a ponytail, braid or bun, pull on a headband and pin any loose strands. Voila — an office-appropriate, post-run hairstyle!