There’s an 8:30 a.m. BodyPump class on Saturdays at my gym, so I figured I’d flip flop my Friday and Saturday workouts in favor of a little extra sleep time this morning. (Stay tuned for a BodyPump overview post tomorrow!)
Instead of the ‘Pump, I leashed up the pup for a run outside.
I intended to do a large loop that typically takes about 50 minutes to complete.
About 10 minutes into my run, as I was breathing in and out, a BUG flew in my MOUTH! Ick. After hacking and spitting for a good minute, our run resumed.
Not long after the creepy crawly incident, I had to stop again, this time due to some serious cramping. 🙁
Do you ever get cramps when you work out?
I usually run without cramps unless I eat something too soon before a run. That was not the case today, so I couldn’t understand why I kept cramping up!
I think my water intake was much lower than normal yesterday, so that may have been a contributor.
The cramping was really strong in my left side, so I took a long walking break and finished the run by alternating running and walking. Surprisingly Sadie and I finished the whole loop in 55 minutes, only 5 minutes slower than we usually do when we run the whole thing.
Preventing the Side Stitch
After my cramping incident, I looked up ways to prevent future side stitches and found the following tips (source):
- Take even, deep breaths while running.
- Time your eating. Having food in your stomach during a workout may increase cramping by creating more force on the ligaments (Avoid eating one to two hours before a workout).
- Stretching may prevent or relieve a cramp. Raise your right arm straight up and lean toward the left. Hold for 30 seconds, release, then stretch the other side.
- Slow down your pace until pain lessens.
- Breathe deep to stretch the diaphragm.
- Drink before exercise. Dehydration can increase muscle cramps.
- Massage or press on the area with pain. Bend forward to stretch the diaphragm and ease the pain.
Even though my run wasn’t exactly amazing, it still felt good to get outside and sweat with Sadie.
I came home and made myself a cold and super-thick green monster.
Check out all that spinach!
My smoothie included:
- 1.5 scoops chocolate protein powder
- 1.5 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 frozen banana
- An entire salad’s worth of spinach
- Pinch of Bob’s Red Mill xanthan gum
Two things surprised me about this smoothie:
- It still tasted really creamy when I used water instead of milk
- Xanthan gum is no joke! That stuff really thickened up my smoothie! Love it.
Because I feel the need to eat something, not just drink something, in the morning, I also had a piece of lightly buttered toast.
I’m so happy it’s Friday!!! 😀