Well, I just got back from my first attempt to run outdoors. I was so pumped up, self-motivated and just KNEW I could make that 3 miles I had planned on. I'm usually pretty good at pushing through the pain and getting to the other side (unless it has to do with the burning in my abs during aerobics...lol)! Anyway, I set off earlier with a great Workout playlist on my iPod, my new runners, and high expectations for myself!
So, I start, I'm feeling great, enjoying the beautiful weather and feeling pretty proud of myself. Exactly a mile and a half into the run, my side starts hurting a little bit, but nothing I couldn't push through and ignore. I even ran for a little ways with my right hand in the air, really focusing on my breathing, to no avail.
The stitch in my right side just got worse and worse until I absolutely couldn't run any further.
And I was so disappointed; my legs felt great, I was making good time, and I could have made it, I know I could have. I know this is only my first run outdoors and I will have many more opportunities to accomplish my goal. My worry is the race I'm running in late April with some friends. I do NOT want to be the "one" who has to stop and walk! I want to prove to myself and to others I can do this.
So, for those of you with experience with running, how to you avoid getting those horrible stitches in your side. I only ever get them on my right side, but they hurt SO BAD!
Any advice would be warmly welcomed!
3 years ago