We decided to try running by the canal tonight as I've had a bit of a snotty nose and sore throat and didnt fancy the hill! As last time we had done 4k we walked 5 mins from just before the canal ran out 2k then turned round. Then half way back I got a really bad stitch. Had to stop and slow to a walk. I'm pretty sure it was because we were running too fast. After a bit of walking I felt a bit better and so we started to jog (slowly) and carried on past the 4k mark to the point where we leave the canal path. So we did 4.5k overall, which was good in the end, but I was really cross that I had to walk in the middle! Next time I must try to not go so fast, than I can complete without walking. I've never felt a pain like it before !
On the upside the canal was lovely with lots of ducklings!