Please stop hurting all week. It makes life, and runs especially, much less fun.
My stomach problems tend to come in waves, and this week has been a rough one.
Monday night I had a 5 mile run after work. Neil was feeling sick, so it was up to me to take the dog out. If I hadn’t had her to get me out the door, I’m not sure I would have gone because my stomach was hurting again. Of course she wanted to stop and sniff everything so I ran 3 miles with her (paces 10:21, 10:38, 10:04) then finished off the last 2 miles myself (paces 8:51, 8:54). Total average pace for 5 miles: 9:45.
This morning I had some trouble getting out of bed for my 9 miler. I’ll be honest with you. I’m facing some training burnout. I’m more than ready (mentally only) for the taper and the race to get here, and finally have a break from marathon training.
I had a standard toast + AB + 1/2 banana breakfast. One thing that made me excited was my new gadget: a brand new iPod shuffle! I named it Snooki, because it’s small, orange and loud.
Considering this was $40 and my armband for my other iPod (which chafed me) was $30, I consider that a good deal. Pros: clipped easily to my clothes, didn’t feel it at all, has the voiceover feature if you aren’t sure what a song is. Con: I kept accidentally pressing the pause button when I pressed forward on the run.
Anyways, like I said I wasn’t too happy about running this morning. The first few miles were fine. Then around the turnout point I got a terrible side stitch. I’ve gotten these occasionally, but this one did not go away for a good 15 minutes! Needless to say I had to take a lot of walking breaks. I think it also combined with some of my regular stomach pains to make it even more torturous. Have you ever gotten a side stitch? Any tips on how to stop them?
Once it finally went away, I picked up the pace mainly so I could just get home and stop running. My average pace for 9 miles was 9:03 min/mi. I should note that the stitch made this problem one of my worst for even pacing, with my fastest mile being @8:43 and my slowest @9:37. At least I’m getting some practice for running through pain, which I’m sure is inevitable on race day!
I’m happy that this weekend is *just* 14 miles, then I’ll be a week away from tapering. TGIEOMT. (thank god its end of marathon training).