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1205 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 23, 2014 3:38 PM by lenzlaw RSS
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May 9, 2014 1:08 PM

Looking for advice on terrible side stitches

Hi there--I'm an on-again-off-again runner, hoping to get back into the habit and stay there. I'm currently doing Hal Higdon's beginner 10k training, and normally run anywhere from 2-4 miles 3x/week. A few weeks ago I started getting hit with terrible side stitches during my runs. It would come on within the first mile of the run, and was the classic sharp pain on my right side just at the bottom of my rib cage. I tried slowing down, stopping, massaging that side, sticking my fingers into the spot that hurt and forcefully blowing air out, etc., but as soon as I'd start trying to run again it would come back just as strong as when I'd stopped. Worse, even after my run I'd feel it creeping in when I was just walking around the house or climbing my stairs. After doing some reading I thought I'd found a combination of tricks that worked: I ate lots of bananas (potassium!); drank plenty of water; didn't eat or drink within an hour or more of running; focused on my breathing and always exhaled on my left footfall; made very slight changes to how I was carrying myself (which direction I was leaning while running). It appears as though my tricks don't work anymore, since my last 2 runs were plagued by stitches again. Just as before, they don't go away when I stop or slow down, and when tried to run through my last one it actually spread to a tight sharp pain across my entire abdomen. Any advice or things I'm not thinking of? Thanks so much in advance!

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