This run was painful, hot, and so extremely tough. It almost felt as hard as the last couple miles of my full marathon last year… except slightly worse because I had a side stitch during the last couple of miles.
I set out to do around 16 miles on the Los Gatos Creek Trail. The first 7 miles were pretty easy pace, but that’s also when the weather started getting pretty uncomfortable and there was very little shade from miles 7 to 10.
I had an Espresso GU a little after mile 11 and stopped by at some water fountains.
My half marathon (13.1 mile) pace was 8:25, but this is where everything started going wrong. Even though the weather was much cooler and there was plenty of shade, I started getting some pain in my right side that would not go away.
I tried to just keep running through and focus on breathing, but at mil 14.75, I just had to take a little walk break (eyes were crazy watery, mang. It seriously hurt a LOT). I walked about 0.15 mile, put pressure where it hurt, and as soon as the pain died down, I jogged lightly.
My slowest mile was mile 15 (9:27???) because of all the walk breaks. Anywho, the pace from 13.1 to 16.65 was 8:53.
Garsh. I finished at a light jog (instead of my usual sprinting finish).
Average pace so far was just under 8:34 for 16.65 miles. I guess I shouldn’t be too upset about it… considering the conditions.
Some theories on why I got that stupid side stitch:
1.) The only thing I ate was a peanut butter on toast with a banana about 2 hours before going out for a run (GARSH).
2.) I did not bring enough GU (only had one with me).
3.) The diluted coconut water I had… which ran out around mile 11 (meaning I only had water from the fountains after that) was not enough to replenish electrolytes.
4.) The weather was so hot that I sweat a lot more than usual, meaning reason #3 became a BIG PROBLEMO.
5.) Having eaten so much fatty meat and buttery breads yesterday probably affected this run. :(
I was so sad about how the run ended that I headed to the gym to finish up the run a bit (had some fuel in the car on the way to the gym and there was no more pain in my side).
Treadmill: 13:40 minutes, 1.60 miles. (Ending the run with a walk for the last 0.10 mile).
TOTAL FOR THE DAY:
Why did I decide to run this much? I have an 18-miler (Mermaid Run) coming up on Saturday, May 12th.
[ALSO... Jane was kind enough to sign me up at the local Road Runner Sport yesterday for a 10K (which will be on Saturday, May 5th). It was $29 flat if registered at the store over the weekend!!! Thanks, Jane!
BTW, Jane and Addie will be running the 5K or 10K also :D].
How was your Monday?
Do you ever have trouble with getting cramps or a side stitch?