Running after work

Christmas is going to be busy and I might not get my runs in, so I'm trying to be creative about finding time. One option is running home from work (total 9km), which I've never actually done. The lovely crowd on the c25k forum encouraged me to go for it and today I took my running gear into work and ensured I was as lightly dressed in work clothes as possible. There's a lot of faffage involved, so I can't see me doing this very often, but it's definitely possible. The first 2km were awful, I felt like a flat-footed elephant, stomping along. My calves were horribly tight and I felt as if I had shin splints. This does not happen when I run normally first thing in the morning, maybe the change from work shoes to trainers? After about 2.5 k things eased up though and I began to get a rhythm going. It was a horribly slow run, partly deliberately in order to loosen up my lower legs and partly due to all the traffic lights. Carrying a rucksack stuffed with work clothes didn't help either! But stopping was never an option (I had to get home somehow and it was too cold to walk in skimpy running gear) and I came powering over the common to our front door with an elated smile on my face to a husband who thinks I'm mad. A great start to the Christmas season - and with any luck I may still get a run in on Christmas Day! Merry Christmas to you all - happy running!

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  • Great that you went for it JSS! Brilliant start to the festivities.

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  • Excellent commitment and what a sense of achievement you must be feeling😊

  • I've been meaning to do this too, and it's also the same sort of distance. I've parked my bike up with my things discreetly stashed in my pannier (and locked onto it), and then run round the park before cycling home, but I haven't done the full journey home just running. It's at the back of my mind to do it though... I think carefully planned afternoon snacks are quite important. Nothing too heavy, e.g. a banana about 2-3 hrs before, something like that might help next time (if there will be a next time!) :)

  • I think I will do it again. It is an easy way of getting some good mileage in and saves time, because Friday evenings I usually walk the 9k anyway. I don't like the changing at work, leaving shoes and jacket at work and then walking through the office in my gear bit though. It will incite some comments (yesterday I got away with it as most people had left by 3pm). But maybe my colleagues need to see me as a runner aswell!

  • Haha I'm still 'coming out' as a runner too. It's a big deal though! They'll all be impressed. Can you do some kind of superman arrangement with running top and tights under a normal suit, then just sort of spin round in a phone box and start running? I'll let you know if I do run home from work some point. My main issue is it would mean leaving my bike there...

  • Yes, I thought of the bike when I read your post. I can take the train in so that's not a problem. Most of my colleagues are young, fit, sporty types - I can't compete. But you're right they will be impressed, it'll be the talk of the department and I'm impressive enough anyway! (He, he!)

  • Time is our enemy as I am beginning to find out! When I started C25K, I wasn't working and I could run in the daytime, choose to run when it wasn't raining, run in the light instead of darkness too. Since starting full time work, I sometimes run at 5am or at night in the dark (made possible by my trusty head torch) and if the weather is rubbish, I could jump on the treadmill (but it would have to be very bad)! I am often tired in the daytime (before I could choose to have a catnap)! Still, I am committed to being a runner and feel that now life is more busy, I need to make time even more!!

  • Wow! Well done you! Now you can enjoy the rest of the day feeling incredibly smug!!πŸ™‚

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