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