Week 7 - almost done with Couch to 5k

I can't believe I am at week 7 already! This rain is totally not helping me wake up in the morning and run. It's Thursday and I have only gone out once this week. I ran yesterday on the treadmill and that my friends is BORING. At week 7, I am running a full 25 minutes!  It's super exciting for me and I can't wait to run my first 5k and move on to a Half-Marathon and lastly, run the NYC Marathon. Those are my running goals and I will achieve them.  WOO HOO!

Last week, on the last day of week 6, I went out for a run. I was totally pumped to run on the track. When I arrived, I was informed that it was closed to the public. I saw other runners running around the streets, so I decided to join them.

Something terrible happened as I was half-way through my run. I got this incredibly painful cramp on my right side. It was so bad that I had to stop. Disappointed in myself and in my body, I stopped, did some breathing exercises and continued to run. The intensity of the pain GREW and I couldn't take it. I had to end my run.

I decided to speak to my friends that are runners and two of them told me that they have experienced the same pain. One friend informed me that she had no clue why it happens and if I could figure it out, she would be very grateful. So I asked the other friend, my sole sister, the nurse. She asked me if I ate before I started running. The answer was no. She also asked if I felt dehydrated at all. The answer was sort of. I did drink water before my run but I don't think I consumed enough. I also think I had an alcoholic beverage before bed the night before.

Her answer: Lactic Acid build-up. 

I've heard about this before and I read about it in my personal training books but I NEVER EXPERIENCED IT MYSELF. Lactic Acid is produced in the body when your body is working really hard to get oxygen to your muscles. The pain occurring is caused by your body's inability to get rid of the lactic acid quick enough. The only answer is to slow down your exercise intensity and allow your body to recoup.

Hopefully this is the last time I feel this pain, I want to get through my first 5k without an issue.