Over the past few months, I’ve been able to increase my distance, stamina and of course, my confidence. I’ve overcome the aches and pains I experienced early in my training, thanks to proper footwear and stretching. I’ve even conquered the hills and mountains of the big, bad, West Hartford Reservoir.
Yesterday, I set out on an eight-mile run — in the blistering summer heat — for some good ‘ole fashion therapeutic/workout running. Little did I know that it would be my most difficult run yet.
After crossing the Bulkeley Bridge around mile 4, I began feeling a dull pain along the right side of my ribs. I didn’t think much of it as I took a sip of water and continued on my path. A few minutes later, it felt like I was being stabbed over and over again. With each step, I felt like Peter Griffin in this video clip.
Needless to say, the sweat running down my face masked the tears of agony that were flowing. I did finish my run home, but there was no doubt I was exhausted and in pain.
Once I got home, I read as much as I could about this cramping sensation. I came across different articles, each with different thoughts on how the rib cramp occurs and how it can be prevented. I found this article the most informative.
I am going to continue experimenting with my pre-run routine, especially for the longer runs. That said, if you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions, I am all ears. And don’t worry, your opinions would never ever cramp my style!