I was really looking forward to running around Albert Park lake and it did not disappoint — nice flat and forgiving dirt paths made a fantastic change from the hilly tarmac of Carlton Gardens. The run from James’ house and back added on the extra kay-ems to make it a decent and satisfying distance.
I did however suffer my usual plague of the stitch kicking in around 10 minutes into my run. James was as sympathetic as ever and just laughed at me as we were barely a third into the run and there was no way we were stopping, but he reminded me of the right foot inhale/exhale tip some websites recommend.
Surprisingly, this combined with the deep breathing worked to reduce my stitch to a whisper rather than a stabbing pain. I tried breathing in 4 moves (in, pause, out, pause) and trying to make sure my inhalations and exhalations were more or less timed with my right foot hitting the ground. Either it eventually worked or the stitch just wore off by itself but anyway, I kept running!
I can’t wait to run it again but with James off to Brisbane soon it won’t be for another week. We’re going to work up to doing 2 circuits of the lake… Next run, on Friday, is back to Carlton Gardens however.