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Long and Less Long Runs: 3-12 to 3-18

KSH2010-05-02 04:40:16 +0000 #1
Well, I went and ran 3 miles on the treadmill today (threat of rain) in 33 minutes.

First .75 was great.

Then it all went to heck with a side cramp. It's like everytime I run these days, I get a horrible side cramp.

I try breathing deep, slowing down, stretching out, bending over and breathing out, standing up straighter when I'm running... and NOTHING seems to help. I just keep getting horrible side cramps.
emily_in_nc2010-05-02 04:55:39 +0000 #2
Poor KSH...I have gotten side cramps on the treadmill if I run after eating. Other than that, no.

Did another three-mile trail run tonight. It is hard for me but a lot more fun than the treadmill. The uphills are killer, since they go on and on.... I can feel it in every muscle in my legs, and my HR eventually goes high enough that I have to walk for 15-20 seconds just to feel like a human being, but if I then start running again, I'm okay.

Like someone else posted, though, it never seems to get *easier*.

But being outside again is great - as is the extra light after work, courtesy of daylight savings time!

Emily
rocknrollgirl2010-05-02 05:01:34 +0000 #3
Emily, keep at it. the hills used to do that to me at first. They will get easier, I promise.

Ruth
Kimmyt2010-05-02 05:13:11 +0000 #4
So yesterday I had a brainstorm.

I was planning out my weekly training and so I lifted yesterday. As I was lifting I was thinking how I would fit some runs in. I figured I'd run today after work and before the rock gym. Then I got really excited because OH MY GOD YAY DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME I DON'T HAVE TO RUN ON THE DREADMILL TOMORROW AFTER WORK!!!

So today after work I headed to the rock gym and ran on the trail next door. I wanted to go easy, because my thighs were screaming like they always are the day after squats and lunges. I hadn't run in awhile (almost a week and a half... but I was skiing the entire time so it's not like I didn't do anything!) so I was worried it would go rough. The first 1/2ish mile were hard. My legs and lungs were screaming. After a while I got into a bit of a rhythm though, and I really felt good around mile 2 (this is a trend for me, i've noticed at around 2 miles I always peak, then I bottom out around 3 or more again).

Ran an estimated 3ish miles, and judging by the time between when I changed at the rock gym and when I got back, I made pretty good time, about a half hour, probably less. It's funny though because I felt SO SLOW but later I passed a guy running (who admittedly wasn't doing too well) so I guess I wasn't as slow as I felt. I noticed though that I was taking smaller steps and while I didn't feel it was super efficient, i didn't get as tired as when I try to lengthen my stride.

All in all pretty good for my first run in awhile!

AND OUTSIDE YAY!

K.
emily_in_nc2010-05-02 04:53:41 +0000 #5
Quote:

Originally Posted by rocknrollgirl

Emily, keep at it. the hills used to do that to me at first. They will get easier, I promise.

Ruth

Thank you, Ruth -- that gives me hope!

Though once it gets super hot/humid here in the summer I probably won't be able to tolerate running any more except on the treadmill in the air-conditioned gym. And riding outside, of course. Running has proven to be a fun cross-training activity for the winter for me, though! And something I never thought I could do...

Emily
emily_in_nc2010-05-02 05:07:25 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Kimmyt

The first 1/2ish mile were hard. My legs and lungs were screaming. After a while I got into a bit of a rhythm though, and I really felt good around mile 2 (this is a trend for me, i've noticed at around 2 miles I always peak, then I bottom out around 3 or more again).

Me too...exactly! How long have you been running? I just started this winter, but mostly on the treadmill, with an occasional trail run, weather permitting. My longest run is 3.25 miles so far. Nothing like what most of these ladies do, but for me, I'm happy.

Emily
Grog2010-05-02 06:01:51 +0000 #7
Running seems a little hard for many this week. It's sort of comforting to me.

This morning's run was a little painful, in part due to being stiff from the triathlon - I just felt I couldn't move my legs normally - and also, I believe, because I took my birth control pill BEFORE my run. I'm always careful to take it after, and for some reason this morning I just reached out for it and it was in my mouth by the time I remembered I was getting ready to run. On an empty stomach, it seems to make me feel a little weird.

I'm sorry about the side stitches KSH, they come and go for me and I don't quite know why. I seem to have them about 2-3 times a month, usually in a row. What a pain!!!!!
logdiva322010-05-02 06:48:45 +0000 #8
Quote:

Originally Posted by KSH

Well, I went and ran 3 miles on the treadmill today (threat of rain) in 33 minutes.

First .75 was great.

Then it all went to heck with a side cramp. It's like everytime I run these days, I get a horrible side cramp.

I try breathing deep, slowing down, stretching out, bending over and breathing out, standing up straighter when I'm running... and NOTHING seems to help. I just keep getting horrible side cramps.

The only time I get cramps is when I have not had enough H20. I usually run from 2- 4.8 miles (the airfield around my job) bad day 4.8 in 42ish, good day 40 min or less. H20, H20, H20....

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