Friday, January 7, 2011

The Lunch Hour Quickie

If you are one of the millions of americans that has a 9-5 desk job then you rarely see the light of day this time of year.  It can become quite depressing.  All of my runs happen after work, in the dark, when myenergy feels like it has been zapped.  I've become desperate for a little sun on my face. I could run in the morning at sunrise, but let's face it, I am just not a morning person no matter how hard I try. 

Today, I decided to try something new.  I packed some cous-cous and chickpeas for lunch along with my run clothes.  When my lunch hour hit I was out the door immediately with Ang.  We are that rare couple that works only 3 blocks from one another so we have this luxury.  I learned that I can squeeze almost 6.5 miles in during my one hour break!  I can't believe I didn't figure it out sooner.  The perfect running course is just a block away.  Balboa Park, the same route I run from home.  I need to be super fast in the apparel changing process and the clean-up afterward, but it's completely worth the rush.  It's like a race against the clock. 
In case you're wondering when I shower, I don't.  No time for such hygenic practices.  Instead, I use soap and water to clean all sweaty areas and take a shower when I get home.  It may not be the most fresh way to end the day, but heck, I squeezed 6 1/2 miles in (including 6 Yasso's) before 5:00.   That is priceless.

This is not a viable option for every nine-to-fiver but if you have the opportunity, seize the hour!  Squeeze in a run, even if it's a quickie.

The sun was shining brightly today, the sky a bright blue with a light wind to fan me off.  I got my daily dose of Vitamin D and I feel fantastic.


Happy Friday, Everyone!


  1. I'd love to run at work during lunch, but the idea of mopping myself down in the bathroom afterward doesn't sound appealing. Do you have any specific tips or tricks?

  2. I like lunch hour runs occasionally. It's a little much if I try it too often but I definitely do at least one lunch hour run/week. I can't squeeze in that many miles but I've found I run the fastest during those runs as well from the rushing around.

  3. Man your blog makes me happy. We don't see the sun here all winter almost. Just reading your blog made me feel like had some sun and good healthy food. I wish I had you to just share you lunch with me every day. Off to eat some almonds or something.

  4. I was still thinking about the egg donor post when I saw the picture of your lunch. :)

    I know what you mean. I run after work, too, and it's dark by 6:00. I had a few occasions around the holidays when I got off work early to run in the sunshine, and I learned that we can really take a lot for granted. Longer days are coming!

  5. Lucky girl(s)! Apparently I get much sweatier than you because I don't think I could get away with a quick sink shower! And 6.5 miles...speedy!

    I run at 5 AM when it's equally dark. I can't get in that many miles but it's good enough for what I need right now. If I wait until I get home it just won't happen.

    I've been trying to go walking for a half hour during my lunch break and I've enjoyed that!

  6. @ Chanda- Oh boy, Chickpeas don't seem quite as appetizing anymore!

    @ QVR- I don't think I will be able to do it in the summer, nor will I need to. But right now the temps are cool so I don't sweat much :) It's the perfect time of year for mid-day runs.

    @Amanda- You are so sweet! In response to your other comment: I had never listened to a podcast before either until I found Colleen's. You'll really like it (I hope!)

    @ Rose - It's definitely not for everybody. But I have to tell you, it gives you the perfect boost to get through the afternoon.

    @ Abbi - Once a week will probably be my plan as well!

  7. Good for you! I don't think I could get away with a sponge bath. I'm a sweater. But I don't work either, so I don't have much to complain about. And that vitamin D really does make me a happy girl!

  8. Running on my lunch break is the only thing that allows me to keep my sanity at work... no really, I do a much better "job" if I get that run in.

  9. Ugh, the winter. It's dark when I get to work and dark when I leave. I have a hard time running during lunch, but wish I could because it is a great way to fit a run in while the lights are on.

  10. Oh sunshine...girl you just made me SO jealous!!! How freaking awesome is that?!?! I haven't seen the sun in Utah for weeks. Soak it up for me! I'm totally impressed with the run during lunch method, and who even showers anymore?

    Also...chickpeas may or may not be one of my favorites. I'm becoming more and more convinced that we are the same person. We SHOULD go to Vegas. That is like 1/2 way for between both of us!! VIVA!!!

  11. Consider me jealous! I also run when it's dark most of the time, though my usual path has been covered in snow and ice. The sunshine looks and sounds amazing!

  12. That's awesome that you fit it in during lunch!!

    I am lucky (I will admit), that I sub right now and I pick my days, I only work 2-3 days a week so I get plenty of afternoon running/working out. BUT it is COLD here, so most days I use the treadmill or some other inside workout. I try to get outside at least once a week though.

  13. Oh man I am so envious of your lunch time runs; in the sunshine no less. Maybe some day I will be able to work this out.

  14. First, I can't get over how gorgeous you are!! THAT IS SO COOL THAT YOU ARE RUNNING DURING YOUR LUNCH BREAK!!! As soon as it gets a little warmer (it is 10 degrees right now) I am so copying you. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!!! Wow, thank you for sharing what you did on my blog this morning. I am working with some teens experiencing eating disorders and I want to talk to them about that....PERFECT. Thank you so much for enlightening me and it is so true, that makes me cry too!!! You are the best! Hope you are having a great Monday!

  15. Hey lady, I'm officially inspired. Just a random tip, you can save drying time by just keeping baby wipes in your purse. Using these instead of soap and water is just as clean, and less messy. Showering is overrated.

  16. Quickies.

    Yay for lunch hour workouts!!


  17. Love the idea of a lunch run girl! I was advised to keep baby wipes in my office for a quick "shower" and you know what? They work!!

    Great job on your run!!!

  18. I may have to do this one day. If you don't shower until you get home, then I don't have to as well! :) Great run!


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