Circadian

August 5th 2020

Today I found it really strange how the time of day affects my run. I run the same 5k circuit every single day, and have done for 94 days now. For the first 70 or so of those days I went at midday. I was on lockdown and working from home, and running at lunch was really effective way of breaking up the day for me.

Working straight through lunch without a break really made the afternoon’s a struggle. Especially being stuck in the same room of the same flat all day every day. And so running at lunch was freeing and even though I’d just been on a workout, I felt more energised and enthusiastic in the afternoons. It was good for me.

In the last couple of weeks I’ve volunteered to go into the office for 2-3 days a week. They’re trying to reintroduce office working, and people can do so if they desire. I do desire. I don’t like working from home. I like being in the office, so I took the first opportunity I could to do so.

The issue with working from the office is that they’ve banned the use of the showers. Cuz, y’know, covid. There are certain restrictions in place that make being back in the office weird — like no coffee machine, no microwave, no meeting rooms. It’s odd, but it’s manageable. No showers is annoying though.

I don’t even fully understand why we can’t use the showers. Because if the government guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to wash your hands for twenty seconds, then surely having an entire fucking shower is going to be a more effective deterrent.

Anyway, no showers. Which means no lunchtime runs. And no lunchtime runs means I have to go when I get back from work, because I am just not the type of person who is going to get up at 6am to go for a run.

It’s not that I dread going for runs after work. It’s just that I don’t relish it like I do my lunchtime ones. Instead of being itching to get out like I am at lunch, for an evening run I’m feeling more “well I guess I’ve got to do it”. And I do have to do it. It’s circadian rhythm, or something.

And so it’s difficult, because ideally I want to work from the office, but ideally I want to run at lunchtime. And those two things cannot both happen.

I guess what I’m saying is that ideally covid wouldn’t exist anymore because it’s personally inconveniencing me.

Until tomorrow, and, like, everyone else.

Jacn

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