How Lunchtime Runs Saved My Fitness Regimen

I’m not going to lie. Sometimes, I don’t follow my own advice. By the end of the winter, even with a gym membership (and even a free one at the school I coach at!), I struggle getting myself there.

 But recently, something amazing happened. Since spring sprung (you know, way back last week), I’ve gotten back into running, and started doing it two or three times a week during lunchtime. Not enough to make me sweat, usually 2 ½-3 ½ milers.

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What made me get out there and run?

  • Well, I got some new tennis shoes (that’s a Maryland thing; I actually mean “sneakers”) from Maine Running Company. (If you’ve never been there, I highly recommend them!)
  • The fact that it was spring didn’t hurt. Like most people, I run much better outside in the fresh air than on a treadmill.
  • But last and most importantly: I found a habit that works for me.

What’s so great about lunchtime running?

In the spring, lunchtime is perfect. The temperature is at its warmest and the sun is (sometimes) shining. As we move into summer, lunchtime may not be ideal.

Sometimes my coworkers will join. It’s great having a running buddy to push you when you feel like being lazy and walking. Dave Cousins is a great running buddy and so is my dog when he joins me at work!

Location, location, location. The flyte office is right on Commercial St, and therefore perfect for a quick jog down to the East End Beach and back via the Eastern Prom.

Time of day. It’s perfect for me to take a break from my desk and spend a half an hour in the fresh air. Before work? Maybe not 100% awake yet. After work? Ready to get home and make dinner. Middle of the day? Perfect.

Finding a habit that works for you

It takes some trial and error. I can probably guarantee that I will get bored of lunchtime running within a month. But then it’s on to the next thing – perhaps trying the gym after work because it’s now light out at 5pm!

Don’t be afraid to test…

  • Activity – Do you prefer being inside or outside? Cardio or weight lifting? On your own or with a group?
  • Time of day – First thing when you wake up? Middle of the day? After work or just before bed?

What is your fitness recipe for success?

Nicki Hicks is a fitness and nutrition enthusiast with a passion for all things healthy and organic. A web marketing specialist and search geek at flyte new media by day, Nicki works to increase her clients’ search engine visibility. By night, you might find Nicki coaching, practicing yoga, or pretending to be an artist. Nicki regularly contributes to the Guiding Stars blog.