Back before Christmas, my work group did a major move to a new building. Although moving is never really fun, I was super excited because the new building had SHOWERS!
In the past I have gone without showers after lunch runs, hoping that deodorant and body spray would keep me smelling decent for the remainder of the day. Now I can at least rinse off after a run before heading back to work.
Today was the first time I got to run at lunch and try out the work showers. I didn't want to run this morning because I knew I would still be pretty tired from my Tuesday night run and I didn't have time after work. So lunch time it was!
I changed in the handicap bathroom because there was more room. Sadly that shower seems to be filled with bathroom supplies. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining and I headed out for 4 easy miles. The only bad part was the 20mph winds that I ran into for the first part of the run. With the wind I was freezing, with the sun I was sweating!
When I got back, I quickly ducked into the women's bathroom - I don't like too many of my co-workers to see me in my running clothes! I went into the first shower stall, got my stuff situated and turned on the water. I waited and waited and waited for the water to get warm but it barely got luke warm.
I jumped in quick and started going through the showering process as fast as possible. Suddenly I could hear through the wall that someone in the men's room next door had flushed the toilet and I was then blasted with cold water. Then I could hear them turn on the facet and I was blasted again with cold water. Being able to shower after a cold run didn't necessarily mean I was going to be able to warm up.
I jumped out of the shower as soon as my hair was rinsed and tried to warm up quickly. Even with all my clothes on I was still chilled to the core. When I got back to my desk I put on my scarf and extra fleece jacket but it did nothing to help warm me up.
My friends at work thought I was crazy for running during lunch. Back when we didn't have showers, my friends at work all thought it was gross that I didn't shower after my lunch runs. Now they think it is gross that I shower in the work showers. Guess I can't win.
Lunch runs?? Shower or no?