Today is the saddest day of the year… summer solstice. Tells me that winter is on its way. It was mega hot but I knew I could not pass up running today. My running has been a little off lately. But I must run in celebration of heat, sunshine, summer, life.
Many years ago I remember reading in Runner’s World a calculation of knowing if you’re hydrated enough for a run. In my area, humidity is a beast. Weigh yourself before and after you run. If your weight stays the same, you were perfectly hydrated. If your weight goes up a pound or more, you were too hydrated. If your weight goes down a pound or more, you were not hydrated enough. To this day, I still obsess about it.
I used to get stitches as a kid, but didn’t know what they were. I would run around playing with my friends not realizing why I had this pain in my side. It was that stabbing, piercing pain. I learned when I started running what a stitch really was. That was a quick reminder of making sure I was hydrated enough. Anytime I am under-hydrated, I don’t have to weigh after a run. My body tells me so through the seething pain in my ribs.
Less than a mile into my run, I get a nagging stitch. Dang it. There are many ‘suggestions’ to getting rid of a stitch, and then there’s my cure:
- “Raise your arms” (For some reason people may think I’m nuts if I’m running with my arms up.)
- “Walk” (I don’t want to walk. I’m running…hello!)
- “Apply pressure to the stitch” (This one isn’t too bad, but doesn’t always work for me)
SHORT, QUICK BREATHS. This was not a suggestion…this is my cure! Trust me…I’m no expert…I just know what works for me! Deeper I breathe, the more piercing pain I feel. It can take a few minutes to work through it. Think about the Lamaze breathing. Short, quick breaths of breathing out through my mouth. Before I even realize it, the stitch is gone. I immediately find my stride again.
Today is the first stitch I have had since I have been back into running. I would bet the farm it was because I did not have enough water to drink in time to prepare for the hot run.
At the end of my run, I was glad I didn’t have to walk, as I have had to do more than once this past week. I was slower than normal. I started off in stitches in the run, but ended contently, no matter the struggle.
Running isn’t easy. I have moments where I want to just say “Screw it”. However, running is needed. No matter how tired, or how difficult the run, I always feel so much better mentally when I’m finished. A little pat on my back for doing it.
I’m going to hold onto summer as long as I can..and I cannot let this horrific winter approaching deprive me of today. I’m living in the moment.
Until next time, Peace out, Trout!