The final week, the last 'run 2' and it's done Graduation run next and I'm so looking forward to it, and all the runs thereafter
My canal path was still too treacherous for running, so I was on for a road run again today. With bland, mild weather presenting no challenges and a track record of one 30 minute run and one (rebellious) 33 minute run behind me, today's run should have been straightforward, no troubles, just Laura and me... another run closer to badge day, sweating it out, singing along, pounding the pavement.
But Blue Two struck AGAIN! This run was a slog! My first 10 minutes didn't feel comfy, I needed to concentrate, hard, to find my rhythm and pace. The second 10 minutes were a little better, I flooded my mind with positive vibes and seemed to pick up, but goodness me, the last 10 minutes of this run were unpleasant, to say the least.
I developed a sharp pain right under my right rib, likely just a stitch, but didn't feel like 'just a stitch', it didn't go away despite my slowing right down and breathing deeply. I've not suffered with stitch that I can recall since the very early weeks, and even then, extremely minor and barely there - not like this one. I'm not generally a wimpy character, think my pain threshold is pretty high (benchmarked against giving birth to my son in the front passenger seat of the car, with no pain relief!), but this really was incredibly ouchy! The last few minutes of the run I must've looked a sight - baring my teeth, eyes brimming and clutching my rib as I very, very slowly completed my 30 minutes. Really thought I wasn't going to make the time today. The pesky pain remained through my cool down walk and back at home - took some time to ease.
It was a busy morning at work, I probably wasn't well hydrated and had skipped breakfast. I ran at lunchtime and didn't eat lunch before, so had no fuel in the belly. I read a book til very late last night and then didn't sleep well. These are all silly, basic things that very probably contributed to my poor run today - and my mother of all stitches! Take care of yourselves folks, sleep well, eat well, drink well... I'm sure these simple basics make a huge difference and I will be sure to be more sensible for Sunday's run.
Some runs rock... And some do not!
Onwards and upwards - determined and optimistic that badge run is going to be fantastic!