For the last two or three weeks I’ve been seriously trying to ‘get back in the saddle’ running-wise, and am determined to stick to three runs per week as I was doing when I first graduated a few months ago.
I had a couple of tricky runs (see previous posts), then something ‘clicked’ and all has been going well since – I even nailed my longest ever run last weekend (6.6km, amazing fun – hoorah!) and have signed up for the Macmillan Cancer Relief Outrun Challenge in September.
The only fly in my ointment at the moment is the pesky stitch that has plagued me on and off since I first started the c25k programme back in January.
I used to avoid carbs like the plague. I thought recently that I’d found a pattern that I (obviously!) run more successfully and largely without stitch when I’ve eaten sufficient carbs either the night before, or during that day, and have started to accept that I need to re-introduce them into my diet. I also always drink plenty of water, regardless of whether I’m running so I’m fairly sure this isn’t a hydration issue.
However I went for an early run before work this morning (round the centre of Oxford – absolutely stunning, amazing, beautiful on a sunny morning like this by the way!), and got the dreaded pain after only about ten minutes (in fact it had started to niggle beforehand on my 1 mile walk to work!). I ate a fair-sized sweet potato for my dinner last night and thought that would see me through.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to when it strikes, and sometimes it’s so painful that it literally scuppers my entire run (although I did manage to control it today by stretching, deep breathing and running with my right arm in the air to carry on to a total of 15 minute – my intended length).
Any advice please people?