That brings me to tonight. Once again after work, I felt like the Michelin man with a heavy stomach. I didn't plan on a great run, but wanted to get one in before the race on Saturday. A quick 5k (I never thought I'd say quick and 5k in the same sentence). I have to admit, when I started out, I felt like I was totally out of the groove....I couldn't get my steps to feel 'right'. And then it hit....see my splits below and guess where a side stitch slowed me to a crawl......
Minutes per Kilometer Avg Pace
That's right, about 2k into my run a horrible side stitch...and thus I walked/ran VERY slowly for about 0.75 of my third kilometer. What causes these nasty, stabbing pains? My Complete Book of Running for Women says they are caused by cramping of the diaphragm or by food in the stomach or intestinal gas. I tried to do one of the many suggested remedies:
I really need to start writing down exactly what I did/ate on the days that I have great runs....you know the ones I mean....light on your feet, breathing is easy, and no stitches!!!
Oh.....the Epic 5k pictures are up on marathon-photos.com. At this point in the race, I have had my hand shoved into my ribcage for the last 2k. I don't even look like I'm running...but I'm trying!
Well I'm off to grab some pasta for supper....today is my Friday...yes...that's right....I'm off tomorrow! YAY to 3 day weekends. I plan on having many more this summer!!