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1439 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 1, 2010 8:31 AM by Surfing_Vol
racebug313 Amateur 25 posts since
Oct 18, 2010
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Oct 29, 2010 10:23 AM

2 mile mark stomach cramps...  anyone else?

I have really been enjoying running as of late, participating in a couple 5ks and a 10k so far.  what I've found is that come mile 2, no fail, I start to feel low stomach cramps.  I am very mindful of my diet the day of and before races or even for after work 3-4 mile runs.  I have found other threads on this, but none particularly current, and was hoping for some insight/advice.  I've pushed through the pain, but I know it has slowed me down, let alone being very discouraging as I try to improve my times and increase distance.

Thanks!!





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  • thedevotedrunner Legend 439 posts since
    Jul 7, 2009
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    1. Oct 29, 2010 12:23 PM (in response to racebug313)
    Re: 2 mile mark stomach cramps... anyone else?

    Are you talking stomach,as in where the food goes, or side stiches??

     

    Many people get side stiches when they run.  It is usually a breathing issue. Try to switch up your breathing pattern.  For instance, if you normally breath in on the left foot and out on the right, switch.  Or switch to where you breathing is not tied to your cadence at all.  This might help.





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  • thedevotedrunner Legend 439 posts since
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    3. Nov 1, 2010 8:19 AM (in response to racebug313)
    Re: 2 mile mark stomach cramps... anyone else?

    Yeah, the Hand over the head thing doesn't work for me.  The best way to avoid stitches is to not tie your breathing to your cadence. Just breathe deep and slow.

     

    As far as the cramps, can't help you much.  I get them after a couple of hours, but not as early as 2 miles.  Are you hydrating enoug?? Maybe try eating 1/2 a bannana half hour or so before you run??? Don't know.  My initial, uneducated stab in the dark would be low hydration levels, or not eating close enough to the run.  Look at the older posts.  Even if they are old, the will still apply.  The way the body works doesn't change.





    Running the straight and narrow,

    St3ven

    "Run because you love it. If you don't, learn to love it. Running will bring things into your life that you could never imagine." - Scott Jurek, Star of "Born To Run"

    The Surgeon General has determined it is OK to smoke your opponent!

    Flollow me on twitter

  • Surfing_Vol Legend 848 posts since
    Nov 6, 2007
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    4. Nov 1, 2010 8:31 AM (in response to racebug313)
    Re: 2 mile mark stomach cramps... anyone else?




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