T-Rex Runner: Get Your Runch On

8 ways to make a lunchtime run work, even if you have a full time job.


These days, it seems like everyone has their schedules packed to the gills. Sometimes it feels impossible to fit in a workout. I’ve definitely been there before! With the winter weather upon us and limited daylight hours, running in the early morning or at night isn’t always an option. So, I’ve been known to run at lunch – runch! – during my lunch break at my full time job.

Now, runching is not for the faint of heart, and it isn’t always appropriate depending on your job. If you are lucky enough to be able to run at lunch, here are some tips for how to get the most out of your workout while staying fully committed to your career!

  1. Try to keep your runs fairly short so you have plenty of time to get dressed, get your run in, clean up, and get back to your desk within the confines of your break. For me, that means about 4 miles, max.
  2. Bring all your supplies with you. If you don’t have a shower at your office, a few baby wipes and a fresh application of deodorant will go a long way!
  3. That said, run on the days when the weather is coolest and cloudy, if you tend to sweat a lot.
  4. Wear lightweight, breathable clothes to work on days you plan to run. Trying to suck yourself back into tight pants is not pleasant when you’re overheating!
  5. Don’t plan your runs for days you have big meetings or will be seeing clients afterwards, just in case.
  6. Walk around for a few minutes after you finish your run to cool down. Returning to a heated office after being outside in the cold is quite the shock to the system!
  7. Pack your lunch on days you plan to run so you can quickly eat at your desk afterwards.
  8. Consider what different hats, headbands, etc. do to your hair and plan accordingly.

Running at lunch can be a great way to fit in a few miles, clear your head, and get back to work refreshed! And who knows – you might even inspire some coworkers along the way!