Stockholm, Stitches, and Stuff to live by

Hello from Stockholm! I am here for work for two days. I haven’t been before, and I tried to see as much as I possibly could during my lunch time. It wasn’t that much, considering I was tottering around in my high heels like Bambi. Basically, what I have picked up on is that it is a very beautiful city with lots of water, lovely buildings and expensive shops.

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It’s been a while since a weekly training summary, so here is how last week went (we’ll count the weekend of week 9 too cos it’s impressive):

  • Saturday: 18 mile run in 2:35. Was shocked at the difference between 16-18 miles, and am now quite intimidated about the whole 26.2!!!
  • Sunday: Pole session with Bendy Kate. Handstands and flips
  • Monday: 7.4K with Tempest Runners. Ended up being a bit of an interval session as I ran between two groups of varying speeds.
  • Tuesday: 7 miles of 1 mile jog, 3x 1.5 mile fast, with 400m recoveries, 1 mile cool down in 59:12
  • Wednesday: Rest day
  • Thursday: 1 mile jog, then 3 miles brisk (23 mins), 1 mile cool down. Taught two hours of pole in the evening


I felt a pretty strong twinge in my left leg after Thursday – I guess that’s what happens when you run the longest you’ve ever run and then not let yourself recover properly. Superman I am not (thank goodness – there’s no way I could make that lycra work for me). So I have taken 5 days off running. Wise? Yes. Though wise would have been not to get into this situation. I am worried because we’re on holiday on Friday, and I don’t know when I’ll squeeze in my 20 mile run whilst seeing ma famille in Chicago.  We’ll see……


One of my friends suffers from stitches every time she runs. She says it feels like she can’t breathe, and the stitch is right behind her ribs where she can’t easily press in on it. After doing some reading, it turns out there are literally a million things you can do for a stitch. So… there you go, good luck!!


Haha, not really. A stitch is when your abdomen reacts to jostling around so much, making it spasm. Think of it like any other muscle cramp: it needs to be stretched. There are lots of treatments for a stitch, but here are some of the most common ways that I found:

  • Concentrate on breathing deeply, and push the air out of your abdomen
  • Take a deep breath, hold it for 10 seconds, then exhale with force
  • If you find that one foot is always hitting the ground as you breathe out, try to make sure you vary it. Breathe in for the count of 1-2, and breathe out for the count of 1-2-3 to make sure you’re exhaling on each foot, not just one
  • If you carry a water bottle, try changing hands throughout your run
  • Press up into the stitch with your fingers and breathe deeply (my personal favourite)
  • Don’t eat an hour before you run
  • Slow down, or stop, and work on some of the above whilst you recover


You should find that your stitches decrease as your fitness increases. :)


Last week, SB and I spoiled ourselves: having Mum to visit was the perfect excuse. Our week was full of food like this:

This was to share. I could have smashed it myself.

This was to share. I could have smashed it myself.


This has never been more true:


My philosophy. I am lucky that running is so awesome.

My philosophy. I am lucky that running is so awesome.

Ellie B