On Monday, I was driving home from work for a long break when I began thinking seriously about it: The sun was shining and it would be a great afternoon to run. Why not?
So, once I got home, I changed into my running clothes and headed out for a three-miler. It was the first time I can recall that I’ve ever run on a break from work, at least a break that wasn’t a split shift. And it was great.
Here are five reasons why.
1. The sun. During the winter, it’s dark in the morning and dark at night. It was pretty amazing to be able to get a run in during the middle of the day, when the sun was shining brightly and making it feel warmer.
2. It’s something different. As I mentioned, I rarely run in the middle of the day on a weekday. I normally run after work, and if I can get up early enough, sometimes I run before work. It was something different to do, and since I had a long enough break to make it happen — with the drive home, the run, a shower, eating lunch and driving back, it was about two hours — it felt fun to be able to switch it up.
3. It’s a nice chance to decompress. A break should be relaxing, but it can be stressful — trying to fit in errands or feeling pressed for time after trying to make lunch. This long break with the run gave me a chance to enjoy the warmer-feeling weather and sun.
4. Less traffic. I was running on rural roads, but I do think there were less cars on the road than during the morning commute to work or evening commute home.
5. A second chance at getting ready. I woke up pretty late on Monday for my early-morning shift at work, and I got ready much faster than I would have liked to when I started the day. Going for a midday run allows you the chance to get ready all over again.
So, have I convinced you to try the midday run yet?