/ Running stitches
I was running at about 8.5min/mile so not my quickest. I haven't eaten for a while, am well hydrated and have been running regularly.
I don't these all the time but when I do its horrible (and if it isn't bloody stitch its cramps).
Do the other runners on here still get stitch and if so, what do you do to minimise or eliminate it?
Always seem to get a stitch if I´ve eaten an apple any time up to about 4 hours before a run!
Your situation sounds strange, seems like you had done things right in preparation.
Very rarely, but when it has occured I've had no idea what caused it, it's been very painfull and all I've been able to do is to stop and walk it out for a few minutes, start jogging again when comfortable.
I thought I had also but its frustrating when you go out and nail a 10k one day and then the next time you can barely do 4.
Do you warm up before you head out the door?
As soon as I feel a stitch coming I try to take a few deep "recovery" breaths and that seems to prevent the stitch from getting worse.
Apples are off the menu for me as well tho'.
Crap, most of my concentration is use to stop me falling over curbs or running into cars at junctions.
I was taught the same. If I breathe out on my right strike I get a stitch. Left is fine. I was told it was to do there being more organs on the right hand side to hit off the diaphragm.
It's my theory that you get stitch when you are improving quickly.
Then it goes away. Not had it for ages....
It works for me.
might be worth running on a treadmill and gradually increasing your speed until you reach that 'sub-stich' speed whereby you can just feel it coming on. Then train consistently (on treadmill or using a garmin) at that speed until your body gets use to it, before gradually increasing your pace?
i read this ages ago and seems a) to make ense and b) provide a cure
which is just to alter your breathing rhythm to be not in phase with stride by
taking a few deeper breaths
works for me.
Interesting, I'll take note of my stride next time.
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