Side stitch ?!?

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    Nov 03, 2011 1:24 PM GMT
    I have been running for a while, but ever since the summer started i kinda let up on running as much as i did. Here in the south the humidity is almost unbearable. Now that its getting cooler i feel more comfortable with running. However i keep getting side stitches!!!!! this normally doesnt happen even when im on the eliptical or treadmill. Could not drinking enough water before hand have something to do with it. I do warm up but im just getting a little agitated cause im sacrificing distance and i dont want to. i used to be able to go 14 miles at a steady pace. but once i hit the middle of my run thats when they set in.



    Help please!!!!
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    Nov 03, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    I think 1 and 4 are your biggest causes. Since you stated you can go 14 miles 2 and 3 may not be as big of an issue.


    1 Drink water or fluids. Dehydration is a common cause of side stitches. Drink water beforehand to prevent muscle cramps.

    2 Your breathing may be sporatic and not consistent. Deep breathing with full exhalation is best.

    3 Weak core muscles (abdominals, lower back, obliques).

    4 Changing from the soft surface of a treadmill to a harder surface of outside can be a cause. Allow your body to acclimate to running on the harder surface.
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    Nov 03, 2011 3:45 PM GMT
    Greatly appreciated sir I think adjusting to pavement was probably the issue
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    Nov 03, 2011 5:18 PM GMT
    Side stitches can have a variety of reasons, but most likely it's your breathing pattern or eating habits. Take a look at the following article http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/injuries/a/aa053100a.htm. I saw a couple articles that suggest staying away from carbonated beverages in addition to the high carbo drinks mentioned in this article.

    I would also ask if you're running at a different time of day than when you use the gym.

    As a Cross Country/Track coach I tell my kids to slow down and it usually goes away.
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    Nov 03, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    well my eating habits are pretty stable and i dont drink carbonated drink either havent had soda or anything of the sort in about 4 years. but that article was fairly interesting thank you for sharing that with me.