I'll Have a Run for Lunch

One of my favorite things to do is to run with colleagues over my lunch hour. There are days when I feel like I accomplished more during my thirty-minute run than my eight hours at work that same day. I find that I am more honest, direct, and open-minded when having a conversation while running outside versus in a meeting room in the office. It may be because I am dressed in my casual running gear, it could be that being outdoors has changed my attitude, or it might be that I am actually growing new brain cells.

For me, I hope it’s all of the above. Running allows me to flush out ideas and issues around work projects, while my trusted colleagues and running partners give me feedback and guidance. There are some days I think, I should just stay in and work through lunch, but if I remember the benefits of getting away from my desk – I might actually get more done if I go outside. In a 2010 Japanese study, people who'd just completed bouts of physical activity scored higher on mental tests than those who did not. So, why not get out there? Just get moving, sometimes that’s all it takes.

Happy trails!

Shawn Dunn currently works at the YMCA of the USA and previously worked for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City and Muscatine Community Y and interned at the Black Hawk Family YMCA in Waterloo, IA. Her 15 years in the YMCA movement has allowed her to have some of the best jobs in the world at the Y. A constant while working at the Y has been running, she loves to take a meeting outdoors and let it help inspire her.

Shawn has completed a lucky 13 marathons, numerous half-marathons and two triathlons. She considers herself very fortunate to work for an organization that encourages and promotes healthy living.

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