Today I had a tough run. First of all, it was Monday and I never have my best run of the week on a Monday. Strange, right? Is anyone else like this? But I had to get my long run in today, so off I went for 10 miles. Around mile 2 I could feel a side stitch starting. I almost never get these anymore! Sometimes if I am really pushing a 5k…. But why today? Anyone who has had a side stitch knows that if you do nothing, they will just get worse and worse until you have to stop. So I started doing the things that have helped me run through these in the past – deep breathing and slowing down my pace. It helped a little so I tried to just run “my run.” Guess what? It came back, and I ended up running 6 of my 10 miles just trying to take my next step. For no reason I can think of at all, it went away for my last two miles. But I finished all 10 miles.
When a run is tough it is good to be able to focus on the good, happy things in life. If it is a race, thinking about the finish line and my finish time always helps me. Today I put my mantra to good use! I didn’t stop though, because I know that at the end of a tough run is a great feeling of accomplishment. Today was no exception. And, like all side stitches, once you stop running they just disappear. Mine was replaced almost immediately by the good mood I am always in after a run. Plus, this was the peaceful place where I finished.
Have you ever gotten a side stitch while running? Here are some theories on why they occur and what you can do to prevent them. Here are another four ways to stop a side stitch. I hope this helps during your next tough run!
I had such a nice surprise in the mail today! Someone actually wrote to me! Even better, it was from my sweet Aidan! The letter is a snapshot of his life at age 10. A keepsake, definitely!
Dane had his last goalkeeper training of the season tonight. Only one other boy made it out in this weather so it was almost a personal session! Aaron, our trainer, is awesome. Dane was sound asleep as soon as he got into bed.
So, I am wondering, how do you get through a tough run/workout/day?