One Work­out

The Post-flight Shake­out Run

Canadian Running - - FEATURES -

Ever find that the travel for a des­ti­na­tion race saps the life force out of you? Don’t let a long plane ride, jet lag and a daunt­ing for­eign city ruin your run­ning ex­pe­ri­ence with these tips:

Carry on your race gear

If you’re plan­ning on check­ing a bag, con­sider car­ry­ing on what you plan to race in, just in case. And carry on your run­ning shoes, al­ways.

Try com­pres­sion socks and get comfy

Although stud­ies on the ac­tual sci­en­tific ben­e­fits of com­pres­sion socks re­main opaque, many run­ners report that wear­ing them for a f light helps with inf lam­ma­tion. Also be sure to go with com­fort­ably-fit­ting cloth­ing so your IT bands and hips don’t tighten up.

Don’t be afraid to walk the aisle

When you’re on a long f light (say, more than two hours) set an alarm on your phone to get up and walk the aisle for a few min­utes ev­ery 20 or 30 min­utes. It will help keep you loose and ready to run upon de­plan­ing.

Get some rest

Limit screen time and bring a sleep­ing mask. If it’s an overnight f light, try to get some shut-eye.

Stay at a run­ning-friendly ho­tel

Many ho­tel chains have re­al­ized that it’s wise to be run­ner-friendly, and they of­fer ev­ery­thing from loaner run­ning gear to a run­ning concierge who will guide you around a for­eign city.

Crowd source your run

Hit up Strava, RunGo or Run­tas­tic to see which routes are most pop­u­lar. Usu­ally, they are scenic, un­in­ter­rupted and safe.— MD

Usain Bolt leav­ing noth­ing to chance, opt­ing to hov­er­board through Heathrow air­port al­low­ing for max­i­mum re­cov­ery af­ter the Be­ji­ing Olympics

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