I've heard that side stitches are mostly a breathing thing. Tricks I've used that worked are breathing out through pursed lips, (to try and slow down your reathing) and this sounds really silly, but it's worked too - put your hands on the back of your head - yes, while you're running - this 'lifts' the ribcage higher so you can get more air in your lungs.
Best way to get rid of the pain from a belly cramp/side stitches is to put both your hands behind your head (hold your arms chicken wing style) and breathe deeply. Those are diaphragm cramps.
Just discovered this thread, looks like a great resource.
Now I finally have a place I can announce that with my shiny new GPS watch Im finally getting some accurate times and realized that I am almost breaking a 5 minute mile, which is a huge milestone for me. Heck yeah!
Been trying to up my barefoot distance. Putting in at least a mile or two a day now without shoes on the track. So far I'm loving it! I'll be picking up some Vibrams when I'm back in the states next month so trying to make sure my feet are ready
i've recently been dealing w/ issues in my left leg. thought it was shin splints(which would be odd as i run regularly). came to find out(with the help of friend who is a sports trainer/therapist) that i am dealing w/ workout induced compartment syndrome....fun
Last edited by Burnoutx; 09-08-2010 at 10:00 AM.
Wow, nice race and good comments on daily mile. Any chance you'll post up the video?Quote Originally Posted by 602crew View Post
After running full marathons, I raced my first 1/2 today. 1:22:49. Not quite what i wanted but I'll take it.
Read more about it here:
I did my longest run today since the SF marathon 1st half. 10 miles in 1:30 and a few seconds, I tell myself that long runs are supposed to be slow but earlier in the week I tried for a fast 10k and ended up at 48:30 which is at the pace I'd like to be able to run a marathon. I'm 18 weeks from my scheduled marathon and a little behind the ball to say the least. On the plus side I'm injury free and feel fresh now about two hours after my long run. I haven't done any speed work in months so I have to come up with target paces for my intervals. I'll probably start sets at 7 minute mile pace and try to speed up on the shorter intervals as time goes on. I'm feeling motivated so I need to proceed with caution for once as my ambitions are frequently a little on the high side, (I still haven't broken the 20 minute 5k goal I had at the start of the year although the sub 2 hour 1/2 marathon was easy for my build,age and health).
Navydub, how is the barefoot going? I had two miles of packed sand, (barefoot), at the end of a race earlier in the year and it felt amazing and ended up being a really good surface/footware combination to run fast on.
Woke up this morning for my first half marathon and it was pouring rain. The good part is it stopped raining about 20 min before the start. The bad news is I pulled into the parking lot with a flat tire. Ran the half in 2hrs36 min, just under a 12 min mile pace which felt pretty good. Now to go deal with the tire...
I made a big mistake on Friday....there was a 10 mile fundraiser I was running, all on the local track. So since I was on a controlled surface I decided to do all 10 miles barefoot. 6 miles into it my feet were getting sore so I decided to put my shoes on and finished up the last 4 miles in shoes. Well afterwards, i got my shoes off and checked my feet and sure enough...basically the whole pad of each foot was a blister. Looked like I had 3rd degree burns on the bottoms of my feet haha. Couldn't really walk yesterday as a result, but I'm feeling better today and plan to be back to running tomorrow. Lesson learned Vibram Five Fingers on the way