I’m to do 2.5km within 15mins for my upcoming grading. Apparently, that works out to about 10km/hr. A Do-able task for most, but then, I’m not like most!!!
I’ve never been a runner, but great at swimming.
It’s my lungs though. I survived a big bout of pnuemonia in 2001 and now have a 20cent piece size scarring in my left lung near the diaphragm.
When I run, I always get a side stitch - last night’s was close to unbearable and I can still feel it a little bit today. The other thing is that I get a bit wheezey. I’ve been checked for asthma and I have a great lung capacity for scarred lungs.
So far I’ve been told
- Don’t eat anything for at least a couple of hours before running
- Don’t drink anything for about an hour before running
- Take 1 deep breath in and out for about 8 steps
- Stretch if you feel a stitch coming on - that one’s from the internet. Something to do with the Diaphragm spasming due to insufficient oxygen intake
- Thoroughly warm-up your muscles before running so that the oxygen is optimumly flowing through your body
- Push your run through the stitch
- run a couple hundred metres, walk for about 50m…repeat process till finished
- do 50m sprints->walk->sprint->walk…
- take longer strides instead of increasing leg movement/speed
- if running with someone, preferably someone of similar height - whoops, there was one problem…I was running with a 6ft-er! But it’s still happening.
Any ideas as to improving my running breathing pattern or how/why I get a stitch and how to stop them??? Thanks