Working at a place where fellow co-workers share in your passion for something is a nice perk. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be in that position. I’ve worked at places where talking about running may evoke a look of utter insanity. To a person that loves talking about running, this is not good. Thankfully, I don’t only talk about it, but I’m also running at work.
Listening to other runners in the break room or while passing in the halls is invigorating. We ask each other about upcoming races, training, and anything else going on in the running world. When you see someone with “the walk,” you think about what marathon could have subjected them to creeping around. It goes without saying that Boston Marathon Monday is not a good time to try to reach many of us. That day should be a holiday anyway.
My boss knows that days when I get runs in makes it a better day for everyone I come into contact with. He understands. He’ll make a sly comment every now and then. “Did you run this morning?” “Are you running today?” You need to run, man!” Is it that obvious?
Sometimes we’ll go running together. We don’t have organized running days. A group gets together when one person says, “I’m going to run today after work.” From that e-mails are sent and we’ll show up ready to go. I work in a location with access to good routes. My favorite 10-mile run starts in my job’s parking lot. Maybe more people should run at work.
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) started a RUN@Work Day eight years ago. It was created as a means to get more employees active for at least 30 minutes. Last year, they launched RUN@School Day to complement the RUN@Work Day. Both are held on the same day and share the same goals. This year it’s Friday, September 20. If you want to make it a huge event, start planning for 2014. It’s never to early to plan. The RRCA website is a good resource for ideas on planning and promoting your event.
Companies, schools, and running clubs are encouraged to make it a day of celebration. It does not have to be a one-time endeavor. If running makes me and everyone I come into contact with better, imagine if everyone did it. Sounds like a little peer pressure, eh? That’s for another discussion.
Wouldn’t it be cool if we had run breaks at work? After all, they do have smoke breaks. I don’t know the correlation between productivity and exercise, but if you feel better it shows in everything you do.
Do you run at work? If not, what are some of the challenges preventing you?
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