Challenges/ Running

Oh How I Love Me Some #Runch

(This is  Day 2  of the August Healthy Living / Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge – if you’re playing along on your blog, then add a comment below with a link to your post, and be sure to visit some of the other blog posts linked up so that we can all support and et to know each other).

Well before I even had kids I began using my one hour lunch breaks from work to sneak away to the GoodLife  gym  across the street from my work. I then changed jobs, and again, I lifted weights on my lunches at another GoodLife  location, and trained for marathons and half-marathons before or after work. (Mostly after because even back then I wasn’t great at waking up early). Then hubby and I moved to a small town, and I got a new job in an industrial complex which was nowhere near a gym, and since hubby and I were carpooling, I couldn’t even drive to a gym.

Enter the #runch.

#Runch – a quick run squeezed in over lunch break

For 7 of the past 12 years I have spent my lunch breaks running or working out one way or another. I’m not a morning person (did I ever tell how funny my husband thought it was that I had to be at that Ride for Heart 2 months ago at 6 am?) and save for races, I don’t often see the sunny-side of 7 am. I just can’t get up early, no matter how early I go to bed.

Oh How I Love Me Some #Runch!

Post-runch, all sweaty!

The lunch run – ahhhhhhh  what would I do without it?   My poor co-workers and family wouldn’t stand a chance in trying to tame my grumps  if it weren’t for #Runch time.   Thank goodness my employer is so amazing and flexible!!

When do you workout?

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  • MizFit
    August 2, 2012 at 6:30 am

    I LOVE THE WORD RUNCH. I never runch. I wunch? oooh or I do RUNCH but it’s resistance training for lunch!!

  • apkussma
    August 2, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I runch all the time… it works better than evenings OR mornings for me. Today I posted about a different kind of workout (that I did on an extended Tuesday Lunch hour):

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      August 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Omg! I NEED to try that class!! Which GoodLife is it at?

      • Axel Kussmann (
        August 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

        It’s the West Metro location at 185 the West Mall, Etobicoke. Unfortunately, their website doesn’t have a dedicated page to either the class or the club itself.

  • SheisonaRUN
    August 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Check out why I’m a morning worker outer/trainer

  • Sarah K (
    August 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I wish I could run during lunch! I’m trying to be a morning person.

  • Stephanie H (
    August 2, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I’m more of a mid-morning runner. Munch? Dang…that’s already taken! Well I’ll come up with something zippy to call it.!

  • Fancy Nancy
    August 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

    My hubby does runch….well I guess his would be wench or something like that since he doesn’t run! Me its either before anyone gets up or after they go to bed!

  • ~jenniferlynn
    August 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Runch.. awesome.. I couldn’t imagine working out during work hours!
    Here’s my August goals and Day 2 post! 🙂

  • Jen
    August 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Runch, love it! Never heard that before. I am a morning person for workouts, more so now that I am a mom

  • Sarah
    August 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Love the “runch”!! I do that too! 🙂
    Here’s my post:

  • Yoli
    August 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I love working out in the morning! Here’s why –

  • Forever Young
    August 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I love an early morning workout/run.

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      August 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

      How on earth do you sneak out without waking up the other people in your house?! You’re amazing!

  • Rosanna Soto-Luna
    August 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

    A little bit of randomness on my end.

  • Samantha (
    August 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I didn’t stay on topic this morning, oh well! I almost never workout in the morning all though I wish I did. I am definitely an after work workouter!

  • Christy J
    August 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Day 2:

    I wish I could do a “runch” but teaching doesn’t really give me a lunch hour…I’m lucky if I have 20 minutes to scarf down a meal 🙂

  • hikermom
    August 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I am a morning exerciser but I love the idea of Runch:)

  • Lisa
    August 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    It’s fabulous that you can do that! I’m a speech-language pathologist working in an elementary school, so I guess I “runch” because I’m eating my lunch as I run around putting out fires, checking email, etc. 🙂 But I have a question: does your employer have a locker room where you can shower? After my run, my hair is soaking, and I am a sweaty, dripping mess. I can’t imagine having to go back to work like that! I think more employers, (and I speak for the US because that’s where I live) should make it easier for their employees to work out before, during, or after work – it definitely would increase productivity! Thanks for all your sage wisdom, advice, and humor, Janice!

  • Victoria
    August 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Totally borrowed your #runch expression. Love it!

  • wcatalano
    August 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    love your runch idea! I definitely need to try that when i go back to school in a couple of weeks.

    i hope my link is the right one this time!

  • lifewithpepper
    August 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    #Runch! That is great! I admire that you can run outside. You are inspiring me to get outside next week!

  • Shannon
    August 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I love the Runch concept….hope when I get back to work, I can pull that off as well. Currently, I am just trying to make summer home with the kids work. It’s harder than I would have thought.

  • Runninglovingliving (
    August 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I used to “ranch” all the time when I worked in a doctor’s office but now I find it much easier to run before or after work. here is my post:

  • Patty
    August 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Runch is going to be my new favorite word! You know I could Runch in Central Park everyday, it’s close enough to work…thank you of triggering that idea.

    Here is my link:

  • Carrie
    August 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I love the word Runch. I love when I’m out doing things around lunch time and I see people obviously squeezing in a lunch workout. I want to yell out my window and cheer them on.

    I didn’t blog about my workout timing today – but I did blog for day 2 of the challenge.

    To answer the question – I prefer mornings, but I’ll take anytime. I just want to get in the workout.

    • Danielle Smiley
      August 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      I always want to cheer on people like that, too! When I go running and see another person exercising, I feel like I should high-five them or something. 🙂

  • sandra
    August 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Runch is a GREAT IDEA. I have been struggling since yesterday trying to figure out how to get my runs in now that I am doing Insanity for 60 days!!
    Here is my post:

    Looking forward to reading some others!!

  • Cindy
    August 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I will keep runching in mind for when I go back to the workforce. 🙂

    My post for today:

  • kaitlynlaurenb
    August 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    This is great! I think mine qualify as #runch but it’s more like during nap time usually.

  • Kelsey
    August 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Runch! That is the coolest word.

    Here is my post for day 2:

  • Melissa
    August 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I’m a teacher so my runch would be super short! I don’t think the kids would appreciate my post-run aroma either, haha.

    My post:

  • Danielle Smiley
    August 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I love the name runch! LOL! I’m lucky enough to work from home and do actually prefer my morning workouts (once showered, I hate to get sweaty again). I decided on a post idea further down the list that caught my eye…

    Thanks for doing this! I’m enjoying it immensely!

  • seekelrun131
    August 3, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Runch…I love it! I also love my morning runs! 🙂

  • Run-with-Chocolate
    August 3, 2012 at 4:19 am

    I will have to keep Runch in mind when I get my first teaching position! May have to do that if I have enough time!

  • Erin
    August 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I too love the RUNCH…I used to runch – will definitely be runching again when I return to work 🙂

  • sheslosingit101
    August 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Love the Runch! Here’s my post:


  • Rachel
    August 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I am a morning worker outter 🙂

  • Val
    August 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Well my “morning” workouts are probably more around the runch time for many. When I say mornings I mean between 9 and 11. I’ve tried all sorts of times, especially while I was still working at the gym. But by far my optimal time is an hour after a light breakfast.


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