Stitch be gone!! 5 k update

A few days ago I did my first official 5 k since I started the challenge, I am only 4% of the way through! EEK! The time of the 5k was 32.21 minutes so 2 and a half-minute off my sub 30 min 5k goal. I have added some interval training in the training plan and upping my mileage bit by bit every week, so I hope in a few weeks I will be able to bring that down, which works out to around to shaving off just over a minute per mile. Also I will be totting up more miles as I go along so for now at least I am not so worried about hitting my weekly mile average for the challenge.

More importantly on the run there was no stitch. I did run a 3k yesterday and got a stitch when I was way past the one mile mark, usually I get one before it. I figured out that on the day I did the 5k the preceding 4 hours before I didn’t not eat or drink, which made the run feel much much more comfortable and I was able to keep going. Another way I found to manage a stitch is to try and run through it and I breath out, blowing all the air out hard, this seems to work but does require a lot of control and effort while running. It is working. Also by slowing down and then picking my pace back up when it has gone, rather that stopping and starting again. I am able to jog with it more and more.

I logged the run on Strava and then manually logged it on Runkeeper. I am leaning towards Strava more and more, it appears to be a bit smoother and there are more personal tid bits like you best effort for a one mile and it has segment searches of your local area and you can see how everyone else who has run the same parts as you have are doing, this is very encouraging and a fun way to benchmark yourself. I find the desktop dashboard much nicer to use. Although the major draw back is that you cannot set your own goals on Strava on the free version, you need to go premium here. On Runkeeper you can set your own goal, yet I still find the app more sluggish than its predecessor and more annoying to set up and change setting etc, even at home on the wifi network! The strava app has a big fat record button, which you cannot miss. This is great when you are warming up, with your phone in your armband already, to quickly press when you start running. I have also stopped using Spotify during my runs and set up my own running play lists. This uses less battery and no interruptions from adverts! Although I am still a serial song skipper!!


Runkeeper premium costs:
Monthly £7.99
Yearly £29.99

Runkeeper free benefits:

  • Goal setting
  • Some free training plans which can be added to you calendar

Most annoying thing:

  • Sluggish to use

Strava premium costs:
Monthly £4.49
Yearly £44.99

Strava free benefits:

  • Segments comparisons with league tables
  • Showing your best efforts and personal bests

Most annoying thing:

  • No goal setting for free version

Running with the Salomon media armband. First run of spring.

Back to running now. Sunday was my first day out with the armband. I haven’t used any other arms bands so I wouldn’t be able to compare. What I can say was that it was much easier to run with that, than holding my phone! It felt a bit weird to have something strapped to my arm but it stayed put and was comfortable and not too constricting. I think this will be something I will get used to. The other option was to wear a belt. The plastic cover at the front lets you tap and work the phone, which was great. I still have to get used to it. And maybe position it so I can still check my progress when looking at my arm as I run quickly.

It was lovely and sunny, still in my leggings, but do not need full on winter gear anymore. I think a good way of telling what gear to wear if you don’t know is to obviously follow online and medical advice. But also to go out and take note of how well you do after you get past the one-mile mark. I tend to find that after a mile I will maintain the same level of temperature more or less if I am running at a steady pace. I always check the wind speed to see if I need another layer, especially if it is chilly! You can get a good indication on the things you might need to wear here on the runners world website.

Sunday run average around 10.23 mpm. I am getting a little bit faster and steady, learning to slow down and enjoy the run for longer.

I am still tempted to save for a run watch but do like the idea of having a phone on me when I run and there doesn’t seem to be a point of having a phone and a watch that can do the same task, with the exception of battery life!

Working out the logistics of the 500 mile challenge

Wooow such a stressful week, zero running this week due to quarantine, only managed 7 miles the week before! Not a good start despite initially being very optimistic!

So I have never done a 500 mile challenge before although looking at my gym records for the past year it is definitely manageable and I may have hit that target if not, very very close. I have worked out that I would need to average 9 miles a week for the rest of the year. This has obviously increased due to my recent inactivity. I should be able to get out at the end of the week, feeling optimistic! I think that is the best way forward with anything in life: look on the bright side.

At the moment I am on a 5k program working up to a 10k. I am building my stamina. I figured some smaller goals to focus on rather than just hitting the ground to pound in those miles would work best. So first goal would be to go sub 30 mins in the 5k, I am ridiculously close to this one, and then the 10k. If I move onto the 10k I should easily make up those lost miles, so all is not lost at this stage.

After doing some research and posting on some forums, the general advice is to go as slow as a snail to build the stamina and then go for the speed. I have a tendency to run too fast.

I am logging my stuff on Runkeeper at the moment on my phone, just got a Salomon arm-band which I haven’t been able to use!!! The Runkeeper App seems to work well mapping my run, although it appears more sluggish than the old App. So does Spotify actually, but that has always been slow. Having the two apps running does appear to drain my battery like hell (my phone ran out of battery during my last run, I know it wasn’t on full charge but not sure how much!), so I may have to save up for a running watch but that’ll be a consideration as I up my mileage.

Does anyone know how to keep a buff up over your mouth without it falling down mid run?! Terribly annoying!