Friday, September 21st was the RRCA National Run@Work Day. Run@Work Day encourages adults to get 30 minutes of exercise before, during, or after work. The seventh annual event called on individuals, groups, companies, and schools to schedule 30 minutes of physical activity as a part of the work day.
At UConn, we have an HR-sponsored program called Just Move. This program rewards employees for engaging in physical activity. The prizes are pretty fun – an assortment of UConn apparel and gifts – and individuals are encouraged to be active through the program. I offered to team up with the folks at Just Move to offer a UConn Run@Work Day event. HR and Just Move had never offered a running event, so this would be a first. We planned an 8am run around Horsebarn Hill Road (a popular local running circuit). I agreed to lead the run and HR offered to supply bagels. The team at the faculty/staff gym, Hawley Armory, offered to provide their shower facilities. We planned the event, shared the event advertising, and kept our fingers crossed.
On the big day, a few folks showed up ready to exercise.
Four ladies were ready to participate in the 3.75 mile run led by me and my running friend. Three other ladies were prepared to walk the 2 mile loop I had planned. Yay! We had runners. The nice people at Just Move had even make up cute little bibs for the occasion.
It was a gorgeous day for a run/walk – 55 degrees, partly sunny, and breezy. The running group was treated to gorgeous views of campus and the surrounding area.
The trees have just started to turn, so the view was quite lovely. We went on a loop around the on-campus agricultural area, past the cows and horse barns, up the hill, and then around to the center of campus. It was a nice run. The best part of the run was meeting the participants. Most were new to running and were joining a running group for the first time. One participant ran more than three miles for the first time ever, another conquered the big hill on campus, and everyone had a great run. That’s the best part of organizing running events and coaching – helping others to enjoy running as much as I do.