What a difference a day makes: At 1 PM Eastern Standard Time, KMN and I were unloading our bags from my Mom’s car at the curb at Newark Airport. Twenty-five hours later, we were in the Taxi queue at Changi Airport (Singapore). Add in a twelve-hour time difference, an hour of decompressing when we got home, and some screwed up internal clocks – and you’ll realize why we might both be looking a wee bit tired for the next few days. I’ll ‘fess up: It’s not even lunchtime, and I’m already considering a nap. And I really dislike napping.We’re somewhat unpacked, and are in the process of tackling the post-vacation laundry/mail/cleaning monsters – and getting back into the work groove. But for now, though, I’m taking a little time to catch up on blog-land. I’ve been reading and commenting sporadically, but now I’m systematically working my through the past 2 weeks of each of your lives. So expect some comments on your practically-archived posts in the near future. 😉
I’m also taking some time to re-hydrate. Those who have been around for awhile know that I’m just a *tad* passionate about hydration. And while there’s debate in the running community about how much hydration runners need, I’m going to be far less controversial today and stick with this: Long-haul flights WILL dehydrate you. For starters, the air is very, very dry. Secondly, you’re basically at the mercy of the flight crew for beverages (and some airports *cough*Hong Kong*cough* don’t allow you to enter the plane with any liquids – even those you bought or filled AFTER security). I bring my 32 oz Nalgene (where permitted), but even that is inadequate for a 15 hour flight. Third, you’re being fed super-processed, super-salty airline food. And finally…most people generally try to avoid using an airplane bathroom (although my experience is that they’re generally pretty clean), and desire NOT to scramble over their seatmates every two hours – so they hold off on drinking. Taken together, this is a recipe for dehydration.
I do what I can: I start my trip well-hydrated, bring what water I can on the plane, get an Aisle seat when I can, accept a drink every time the drink cart comes through, and start hydrating as soon as I’m back on the ground. The shorter the flight, the easier this is – although most of my >10 hour flights lately have been pretty good, too. But I missed the mark yesterday. So when I awoke this morning, instead of being ravenous (as I should have been), all I was craving was fluid. In fact, when I popped over to the market to buy milk, I came home with this for breakfast:
My Mom often quotes a classic book title to me, when I’m bemoaning something I want to do/eat that seems somewhat abnormal/less-than-ideal to me: “Trees call for what they need.” She was (as she often is!) correct. After this pre-breakfast (and a few more glasses of water), I felt much better. Thank you, watermelon!
There’s plenty to come in blog-land this week, including a few wedding photos, workout round-ups, more gushing over Rochester and Sussex County, stretching, racing, and more! But first…about that nap….
How do you stay hydrated on long-haul flights?
What’s your least favorite return-from-vacation chore?
What is making your Wednesday happy?