After last week’s heavy, stomach-achy long run, yesterday’s 15-miler was a blessing. It was a slow run- holding a steady pace for a long distance has been more of a challenge since the accident- but I finally had no stomach pains!
I was feeling a little bit of dread at the beginning of the run. I wasn’t looking forward to having to finish the last miles with heavy legs and side stitches. So I asked myself: What do you want to be great at today? WIll you be great at this run, work, friendships, Richard? I committed to being great at the run and began to visualize how strong I’d be. It was awesome and definitely paid off toward the end!
Stomach pains- or side stitches- have been a huge issue lately. They killed my January marathon and every long run since. My stomach is sensitive when running so usually I consume as little as possible while running, which also leaves me tired and hungry during long runs.
Here’s what I did to help keep away those nasty side stitches:
- Made sure my arms don’t cross in front of my stomach when pumping my arms. I made the extra effort to push my hands a little farther out so as to not twist my belly.
- Took exaggerated deep breaths every few minutes. Sometimes it’s easy to settle into short, shallow breathing. Taking those deep breaths really created space.
- Was conscious with my pre-run meal. I’m finding a bagel with a little PB and banana works well for me (duh). I focus on carbs beforehand and protein/carbs after.
- Drinking little bits of fluid throughout the run rather than large amounts once or twice. I don’t carry any fluids when I run so I took the extra effort to run past water fountains every few miles.
- Someone suggested I may be low in sodium on my runs so I took a few salt pills before.
- If all else fails, take a trip to the bathroom. Or the woods.
- Visualizing having a run without side stitches surely adjusted my actions and helped.
Croom 50k here I come!
What is your biggest issue with training runs? How do you keep away side stitches?