I do it on occasion. More so in the winter when some mornings can be too cold for me. I don't like it so much, though. Coming back all sweaty, showering, squeezing in the actual eating of lunch. It's a drag. Not to mention that some days I plan to run but work gets so busy that it just never happens.
That's part of the problem, I won't be able to take a shower. I work in a hotel and technically have access to 124 showers but I wouldn't have time or really be able to use it!
Id really love to be able to do this through the winter, but we also do not have a shower...not sure I could get away with being sweaty for the rest of the day...
luckily, there is shower at work and a boss who does not know when I am gone. I've done 16 mile runs during "lunch". The Male Pattern Baldness helps with the post-run hair issue.
When my mileage was lower, I could crank out a quick 4 miles and still have time to take a Tijuana shower, change and eat within my alotted hour.
It's not my preferance, but every now and then if I miss a run, I'll do a short run during lunch.
A new lifetime fitness gym has opened very close to me. So I'm contemplating using them for my lunch workouts. I can take 1 and 1/2 hour lunch breaks due to my work schedule so I don't have an issue of having to really hurry.
I've avoided lunch time workouts at LA Fitness because I don't like their showers and always feel like an exhibitionist. But the showers at Lifetime have glass doors and and are somewhat more discreet. Plus Lifetime furnished towels so I'm contemplating it. I think I can get 6 to 7 miles in outside or on the treadmills during inclement weather.
I just talked to my boss about it to see if he was interested in running with me. I figured if he came, it won't be as noticed if I'm taking a longer lunch!
He is interested so we are going to start on Monday. We can use a hotel room if we want to shower but I will try to get away with not showering, unless it's a date night!
We have a very small fitness center here for guests to use (more like a cardiovascular room). Employees are not suppose to use it, but I think we can talk our GM into it if the weather is bad.
My job is fairly flexible (a lot of my co-workers frequently work from home, in fact), so I'm not stuck with trying to get my runs in during a narrow window of time. We also have a shower in the office so post-run clean up is no problem. (Well ... except for the fact that the cleaning lady can't hear the shower running ....) We also have a nice 5k loop around the complex with options for shorter cut-offs. As a result, most of my weekday runs are at the office at lunch.
The lack of shower facilities doesn't have to be a major problem. Take a wash cloth with you, dampen it, and wipe down. That should get you through the afternoon without offending too many people. (Of course, doing this will be awkward enough.) The hair might be a bigger problem, though. Maybe find a 'free' style that doesn't show run effects. (For me there's no problem - I don't do a lot with my hair when I don't run.
Originally posted by luckylily:
I used to, when i worked somewhere with a shower. I could never manage more than about 4 miles on a lunch break and still catch a shower though.
I am actually hoping to get to the rec center today to run at lunch. It was too cold and snowy this morning to go to the gym (my warm bed was too inviting).
I run outside at lunch sometimes, and I have a shower. If I didn't have a shower, no way. I sweat too much. And 3-4 miles is about right, given my pokiness.