When you wake up on an October morning and the sun is shining you really should get outside and enjoy it!

Flexioffices – one of the UK’s leading office space providers – set me a running challenge and I couldn’t think of a better day to step up to the bar!

The Challenge –  Run a designated route (past several Flexioffice’s offices on the way as fast as I can)

I got the route through and was pleased to see it was based around Old Street – where my gym has just opened a new location – meaning I had somewhere to drop my stuff off.

According to a study carried out by Bristol University, exercising during your lunch break makes you work better. They found that:

 72% reported improvements in time management on exercise days compared to non-exercise days

 79% said mental and interpersonal performance was better on days they exercised

 74% said they managed their workload better

I choose to run at lunchtime to enjoy the weather (21 degrees?!) and work up an appetite. The route started in the middle of a pop up food market outside the first location. I don’t frequent Old Street much so this was a good opportunity to connect the dots of the places I have been to and those I’ve yet to visit.

I had my phone in my hand to follow the map while I dodged all the workers who were out picking up their lunch. A short run and I was on the edges of Shoreditch at the next Flexioffice venue (also check out Queen of Hoxton who do amazing pop ups on their roof, and Swingers, a crazy golf venue where I celebrated my 30th birthday just a couple weeks ago).

The route then took me back towards Old Street and down past a cafe I’ve been meaning to check out – Look Mum No Hands – all geared towards cyclists!

Before I knew it, I was done! I recorded my route on the Nike+ app:

I cooled down with a short stroll back to the gym to pick up my stuff before heading home to enjoy my lunch!

Do you find a lunchtime run makes you productive? Or what do you like to do on your break?!

Elle 🙂 

Just so you know, I have been compensated for taking part in this challenge but as always, all thoughts, running and opinions are my own 😉 


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