I am starting to get really nervous. yesterday's run was supposed to be so easy... just .25 miles more than last week's long run... 8.25 miles. then why did it feel so so so hard?!?!?!?!
I was cruising along until mile 6 where I seriously had the worst side stitch/cramp/whatever they are called these days. I almost yelled out in pain- I actually doubled over in pain and had to stop for a minute. There was a guy walking on the street and he was pretty freaked out- asked me if he should go get his car to take me home.. I wasn't going to give up so easily! So I walked for a minute or two, trying to stretch out that area, lifting my arms above my head, trying everything.. and started to jog again. I was doing ok until the end of 8 miles... my legs just couldn't do it anymore. It was the first time I actually felt muscle fatigue. They didn't want to move! I headed up the last hill (that annoying .25 miles left!!!) and stopped halfway, walking the rest.
How am I going to complete a half marathon if I couldn't even finish my 8.25 miles in a strong way?!?!?! It was the first time I had felt such frustration and sadness. What do I do?!?! PhillyBoy and I decided our goal is to finish the half with an average 10 minute mile pace. I don't know if I can do it.
I haven't had any major struggles at all so far, even though I have never been a runner... and I haven't had any side stitches either!
thoughts?!!? i'm freakin out!