10 miles yesterday, no really!!!

Hi All, I thought I'd let you know that I jogged 10 miles yesterday in 2 hours 10 minutes. I feel fairly ok, apart from a sore left calf muscle. I keep getting a stitch after about 2 miles for some reason, which tends to ease at about 4 miles. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong and I try to breathe through it. Just over two weeks to the Reading Half Marathon, so I'm not going to run any further distance wise, I'm going to do some shorter runs to keep my legs going. I just wondered if anyone had some breakfast tips that might not give me a stitch? I leave it an hour and a half - two hours before I go out, but doesn't seem to make a difference. Thanks all and keep going.

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  • Hi Mummy1954, well done on your progress. I've the White Horse half marathon on the same day starting from Grove , Oxfordshire (so I'm not so far from you) and I've been building the distance too. I don't think I've any advice over breakfast I'm afraid, except make sure to have some, as I did 12 miles last Saturday without having anything and have to say I felt very tired toward the end, doh!!

  • Thanks catchmeifucan. Good luck with your half marathon, let us all know how it goes.

  • 'fraid stitches are a bit of a mystery, and I'm not sure it's that well known exactly what causes them. I have to say that since I've been running (I was coming to the end of C25K this time last year) I haven't had a single one!

    As far as nutrition is concerned, try to have something easily digested on the morning, and don't forget to eat well on the couple of days leading up to the half - you want your energy stores fully stocked!

    I'm doing my second half on Sunday - the North London Half, and then I'm doing the same one as Ian, the White Horse, two weeks later - glutton for punishment!

    Enjoy the Reading Half. If it's at all like my first was (Oxford, last October) you'll love it!

  • That's fabulous! Seriously well done to you. Ten miles is an awfully long way to run, so you should feel really chuffed with that!

    When I get a stitch the only thing that works for me is to belly breathe small short breaths and stretch that side. I imagine I'm blowing up a balloon and it usually disappears.

    Good luck for the HM. Don't forget to post and tell us all about it.

  • Thanks Irishprincess; I'll try that breathing tip for the stitch. I'll let you know how that and the Half marathon goes.

  • I can't advise on the stitchcbut wanted to say congratulations on your 2 hour run. Ten miles is amazing. Best of luck for your half marathon.

  • Thank you boptillyoudrop, that's kind of you.

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