Well, after a lot of thinking, I signed up for our Park Run yesterday and did it today and just returned home!
I was not feeling the best today in the morning. I went to sleep late after a Big plate of Noodles, and then had to wake up early to have breakfast as the Park Run was at 9am. My idea was to walk to the Park which is about 5-10 from home so that I would have warmed up. Hubby said it would be better to go by car as he had to go to the allotment afterwards (which is next to the park) and have to carry some plants, we went by car!
When the Run started, I was not warmed up enough and was already nervous after seeing all the ‘professional looking’ runners!
My ear-phones were not on in time so I was meddling with that for few seconds while running and Garmin did not start for a while as it was gloomy and satellite took a while.
With all that, I ran and ran and ran, then half way I started to get the horrible aches that you get on sides of your tummy, I could not run anymore so I started to walk, and ran again, walk and ran and completed the run. I am still not sure how long I took to run the 5K, I was not the last but very close!
It was hot, so I did not take my jacket there and now I am coughing because after a hot run I was cold at once, it was windy too. I was very tired after the run, unlike other days. I have run 5K since my 9th run and always ran 5K after graduating and not too tired, but today was a different scenario altogether. My PB had been 31 minutes 24 seconds, but today my run was bad!
Saying that, I am happy I did it as I have never run with people before, always ran on my own. Now I know how it is to run with people, what to do before the run (walk at least 5 minutes to warm up!), have a good night sleep on the previous day, take the jacket even if it is hot as it is better to wear it just after the run to keep your body warm BUT I am not sure what to do when I get the aches on sides. Can anyone help me please? This is the 2nd or 3rd time I got this problem while running and I had to stop running each time. My Race for Life is on the 14th July and I will do one more Park Run (next Saturday) before that but I really do not want to have aches on sides when I run on RfL.