Posted by Chief run commuter on March 3, 2012 in Running at Lunch |

The ‘Runch Hour’ isn’t something Scooby Doo might look forward to when the clock ticks past midday!!

The Runch Hour is now becoming an accepted part of many office worker’s daily or weekly routines. A later-in-the-day alternative to running to work.

For many, the thought of putting on a pair of running shorts and facing the world bleary eyed and exhausted is too much to cope with. For those that can’t face the bi-ped commute on the way into work, there is an alternative.

Part of the problem with starting out with running to work can in fact just be getting into the routine and mindset of being a runner. Ultimately, if you can cope with being a runner then there’s no reason why not to incorporate it into your morning daily routine to replace some of the commute. This is what running to work is all about.

However, a good way to break yourself in gently can be in the ‘runch – hour’. Run / Lunch. Feeling exhausted at the end of a hard day in the office can be out of reach of many people.

Even though it is one of the very best way to perk oneself up and get the system going. The runch hour might just be the alternative you’re looking for.

Running during the lunch break will perk you up for the afternoon and provide the break many need to refresh the mind and remember there is life outside of the office. To do this, prepare yourself with a light bite some 60 minutes before your run. Nothing too heavy – have a look at our nutrition page for some ideas.

If you’re lunch hour is restricted to 60 minutes (can’t sneak 5/10 minutes either side!?) then factor in you’ll need to stretch, run, warm down and probably shower all within that time.

So having a well drilled routine is essential. Look for a run of between 30 – 40 minutes from the office or gym door which will give you time to squeeze in the rest.

It’s also worth noting that the endorphins a run will produce can have amazing effects on your productivity. For some, the resulting buzz from running can leave them feeling in a better frame of mind for an important meeting or presentation later that day.

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