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Sandra Stacey ran: Disappointing, but ov...
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- 5 miles
- 00:57 time
- 11:28 pace
- 814 calories
Disappointing, but overall I'm okay with it. AGAIN, I got another side stitch around mile 2. I have so many theories: started too fast (me?), my breathing was irregular, I didn't drink enough, I drank too much, I ate dinner before the race, I didn't pray to the Run Gods, blah blah blah. Anyway, it sucks b/c I was conscious of previous side stitch issues and really tried to maintain a regular breathing pattern...who knows, really. Anyway, It killed between miles 2 and 3 but I jabbed at it, cursed, walked a bit, cursed, stretched, cursed, but I was resolute that this freakin' thing was not going to kill the entire race for me. It really sucked seeing people I passed passing me! GRRR! I kept going, taking deep breaths, running consistently and I started feeling better and stronger. The sharp pain subsided and I told myself I could run with the dull pain, so that's what I did...and I started passing some fellow turtles! So, even though my pace is not what I hoped for, I am happy that I made myself deal with the stitch and keep going. Of course, at the end, my legs could have kept going! The course was so beautiful...some hills that were really no biggie, but the ocean views were gorgeous--especially close to dusk. I know the race would have been great without the sidestitch.. I really must get rid of them once and for all! Oh, last but not least, always Fantastic to see Tiph at the race!