It’s only been once, but wow, was it fantastic! There’s a beautiful lake nearby and the weather has been glorious. And all it took was an invitation from a coworker, “Why don’t you bring your running stuff tomorrow. I’ll show you where the showers are and the loop I do”. Sold!
I had started the day extremely stressed out. Neck deep in a project and still proving myself as a newbie, I was letting work get the best of me. Fortunately, I had not created any excuses about my lunchtime running date, so had my trusty bag filled with warm and cool weather running. These days, who knows if it’ll be 80 degrees or 2 below! At 11:45, we headed out. My coworker/new running friend showed me where the bathroom/showers were on a different floor and off we went.
Did I mention she’s a LOT faster than I am?
I spent a touch over 4 miles nursing a stitch and attempting to participate in raw conversation that only happens during a run. We’re about the same age, both training for Boston, and were both afraid we were going to be too slow for the other. We learned a lot about each other in a short time. I think the only other time two people who don’t know each other well can cover such personal topics is the time spent between a bartender and the customer!
What I learned from my lunchtime run:
- it’s not that difficult to gather a gym bag of running stuff and bring it to work
- it’s so rewarding to have my run done by lunchtime, versus waiting until the evening…and then not doing it
- it’s not about worrying about running as fast as my running partner, but about celebrating having a running partner occasionally
- running with someone faster than I pushes me to, well, push!
- my department/my company didn’t crumble just because I stepped away for an hour
- my mood improved dramatically post-run
- there are more lunchtime runs in my future J