Every runner has had it, you are enjoying a fantastic run and suddenly you feel a sharp pain in your side. It is a sensation inspiring dread in all runners as it is sure to get worse and will likely cause an abrupt halt to a run.
Although they are nothing to worry about in terms of injury, for your own comfort it is worth working hard to prevent stitches.
If you have made running your new year’s resolution, a 5k is a good goal to aim for. At around 30-45 minutes, it is a good challenge for your aerobic system, and covering that distance without stopping is a real achievement. Like all good achievements, a 5k is not easy and will take time.
The last nine months have been difficult for all runners. With no guarantee of events on the horizon and faced with great risks every time we step out of the door, motivation to push ourselves is harder than ever.