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Some days are for running

Lorelei

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Yes to #yogaeverydamnday, but some days are made for running.  Fall colors coinciding with 70+ degrees Fahrenheit.....well, that doesn't happen very often in Wisconsin.  Today's run was excellent, and then I melted into some sun salutations for a post-run stretch sesh.  Feeling good as I continue to work on some hamstring tightness and knee discomfort.   

 

Running today did remind me that I prefer to have my feet on the ground rather than on an airplane.  As my Paris trip gets closer, I'd love to hear what anyone with a little flight anxiety does.  I've flown dozens of times.  It's fine.  I get through it.  However, turbulence (even mild) unsettles me (see what I just did there?).  I want to ENJOY my flight as part of my vacation.  Tips and/or wisdom anyone?


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I probably should start walking/running. Right now I use the elliptical machines at the gym, but that's not the same as real running. 

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Aw, I feel you, girl! Here are my tips: 

  • always wear a scarf. I feel like I'm in my own little cocoon when I do and it has saved me numerous times from terrible airplane smells 
  • wear mala beads and meditate with them when you feel unsettled
  • bring an essential oil roll on, spray or oil that you can put on your wrists and the inside of your scarf. lavender is great to calm, and I love this one for a more grounding feeling.
  • check to see what the in-flight movies will be. with a long flight, you can pass the time watching a funny or interesting movie and that will be a great distraction. alternatively, if nothing catches your eye, download something to your phone or iPad.
  • bring melatonin or magnesium cream. if you use the mag cream, put it on the inside of the elbows. both will make you sleepy, but won't give you that drugged up feeling when you wake. 
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I probably should start walking/running. Right now I use the elliptical machines at the gym, but that's not the same as real running. 

Scott, real running.......not necessarily.  :)  The elliptical keeps you going at a pace better than running sometimes.  All I'm saying is that the "real" comes from our drive, not the vehicle.  I used the elliptical for months instead of running last year when I broke a bone in my foot and had some IT band issues at the same time (and a torn calf.....it was a long winter).  Anyway, I was afraid that the no running would be the end of me, that I'd gain weight, that I wouldn't get the endorphins going, etc.  Well, to be honest, it wasn't the same as running, because I love the outdoors-action that running provides, but other than that?  The same.  AND, my joints felt better without all the pounding.  I think you are a true motivation for so many people.  Keep it up, dude.  One more thing.....getting your butt to the gym?  That takes more effort than stepping outside my door for a quicky run.  Don't sell yourself short.

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Aw, I feel you, girl! Here are my tips: 

  • always wear a scarf. I feel like I'm in my own little cocoon when I do and it has saved me numerous times from terrible airplane smells 
  • wear mala beads and meditate with them when you feel unsettled
  • bring an essential oil roll on, spray or oil that you can put on your wrists and the inside of your scarf. lavender is great to calm, and I love this one for a more grounding feeling.
  • check to see what the in-flight movies will be. with a long flight, you can pass the time watching a funny or interesting movie and that will be a great distraction. alternatively, if nothing catches your eye, download something to your phone or iPad.
  • bring melatonin or magnesium cream. if you use the mag cream, put it on the inside of the elbows. both will make you sleepy, but won't give you that drugged up feeling when you wake. 

Thank you, Candace.  Such great advice.  I had planned a scarf, but the scent for it is brilliant.  Also, I totally bought the grounding essential oil roll on after you blogged about it.  I'd been looking for a mild and earthy scent.  I love it and wear it daily.  The sleepy potions and movies:  great, great, great!  Thanks for taking the time.  Merci!

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Scott, real running.......not necessarily.  :)  The elliptical keeps you going at a pace better than running sometimes.  All I'm saying is that the "real" comes from our drive, not the vehicle.  I used the elliptical for months instead of running last year when I broke a bone in my foot and had some IT band issues at the same time (and a torn calf.....it was a long winter).  Anyway, I was afraid that the no running would be the end of me, that I'd gain weight, that I wouldn't get the endorphins going, etc.  Well, to be honest, it wasn't the same as running, because I love the outdoors-action that running provides, but other than that?  The same.  AND, my joints felt better without all the pounding.  I think you are a true motivation for so many people.  Keep it up, dude.  One more thing.....getting your butt to the gym?  That takes more effort than stepping outside my door for a quicky run.  Don't sell yourself short.

I wasn't trying to sell myself short, I was mostly referring to running being more difficult than the elliptical. A couple of months ago when I was going three times a week I could do four miles in forty minutes. There's no way I could actually run that far! But, you're right about the joints and controlling the pace. Also it gets too hot in the summer for walking outside much less running!

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I'm going on an international flight tomorrow, so I love all the suggestions!  Anyway, NY Times had posted "practicing yoga" on the plane!  I think the twist in seat is a good subtle stretch.  Enjoy your trip and just remember to breathe deeply. I second the melatonin to try to sleep through the turbulence or watch movies or listen to music to distract yourself.

 

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I wasn't trying to sell myself short, I was mostly referring to running being more difficult than the elliptical. A couple of months ago when I was going three times a week I could do four miles in forty minutes. There's no way I could actually run that far! But, you're right about the joints and controlling the pace. Also it gets too hot in the summer for walking outside much less running!

Sounds like it's time for you to increase the resistance if you think you can't keep the same pace running outside. :)  I heard just even 1% incline on treadmill will simulate flat terrain while running outside, so, there might be a similar rule of thumb for elliptical? 

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Sounds like it's time for you to increase the resistance if you think you can't keep the same pace running outside. :)  I heard just even 1% incline on treadmill will simulate flat terrain while running outside, so, there might be a similar rule of thumb for elliptical? 

I could definitely go up on the incline and resistance! Right now I'm at a lower level than I was a couple of months ago. I'm trying to get back to where I was as far as time and resistance, but I'm probably not going to push it quite as hard as I was since I've added push-ups, pull-ups and core exercises to my workouts. 

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