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1/13/04

Running sucked today. I tried to cut my time a little bit, and I ended up getting too much of a stitch and doing only one lap. I read somewhere online some steps to prevent or at least minimize stitches, but they basically mean going slow and slumping over. Oh well, I guess I will get better over time, but it really sucks to be held back by stupid stitches, rather than by my legs or my lungs. I can't push myself at all yet, becuase I will get the stitch on the right, then the left, until it is unbearable. You can't run through them... I've tried. They only get worse. From what I've read, they are actually caused by a cramping of the muscles that hold your organs up to your diaphragm. Taking long deep breaths while running is supposed to help, and if you start to feel a stitch you need to slow down, bend over a little, and apply pressure with your hand to the area that is stitching. It's very uncomfortable. The alternative is to run slow enough so you don't get them, but for me, that is really damn slow. Right now I'm averaging just over 5 mph, that's about as fast as I can go (on average, because I go faster, then when I stitch I go really slow, then repeat) without needing to stop altogether. Let's see how I do in 2 weeks...