Is It Totally Rude To Go To A Meeting Right After A Run?

Runners need to get in their workouts whenever they can and sometimes, that means over the lunch break.


Etiquette expert Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, knows a thing or two about the rules of the road—and the descendant of the famous decorum diva is a runner too!

My office culture is rather casual, and quite a few people exercise midday. Is it rude to go to an afternoon meeting still sweaty from my lunchtime run?

So this answer doesn’t have a one size fits all. It completely depends on how casual your work environment is, how much you sweat during your lunch runs—even how smelly your sweat is! The last one is really hard to tell. Getting a second opinion is key here. Ask a trusted friend/significant other how you smell after one of your weekend runs. You can even tell them why you’re asking. The truth is that if anyone can tell you’ve just been working out, it’s probably a good idea to give yourself enough time to fit in a post-run shower.

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