So after graduating a couple of weeks ago I've been running to my own music 3 times a week. Fab you may think, but no I've been struggling especially in my last 4 runs. Out of no where I've had a stitch at some point and had to have a brief walk. Not sure what's causing it as far as I know I'm not doing anything different than when I was following the plan. My run on Wednesday was horrendous, I couldn't face the big hill, my legs just weren't working so I took a detour and went for a flatter route and managed to run for about 25 minutes better than I thought I was going to do at the start. But got home feeling defeated
So today I decided to go back a stage and take Laura out for an airing with W9 podcast and try my new running shoes I got in Lidl the other day. Laura must have a calming effect or similar on me as this time the run went well, I took the hill in my stride (pardon the pun). The shoes felt comfy and light. And the best of all no stitch at all.
Am I unwittingly going too fast when I use my own music? Maybe. So I think I will be taking Laura with me at least for the next few runs to get back into the groove and then work from there.