(Closed) New to running… side-stitches even when walking…

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you drink water before you walk/run?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

you need to drink more water

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Kind of a scary thing to give advice on, I know for me when I don’t run for a while (over a week) I will get a side stitch at first but if I keep running it eventually goes away-they aren’t painful enough to stop me and once their gone I can go for as long as I want without any hitches.  I would talk to a personal trainer or someone who can figure out exactly what’s causing it for you and what the best remedy for you personally is!

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Cicera: I had it a few weeks ago where I could only do half of my run, had to walk back, so now I leave a gap of two hours between drinking and running. But it’s interesting what elliestan says about not drinking enough, perhaps that was my problem.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If i drink too much water too soon I get a stitch

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I used to get them all the time when I wasn’t in good shape.  My Dad – who is a pretty serious runner – always told me it was from pushing myself too hard.  That I need to slow down my pace but also keep jogging through the pain.  They did go away as I got in better shape.

If they’re happening just from walking, though, it might be hydration or having just eaten or something else.  For me, they always come when pushing myself beyond my conditioning.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I get really bad side stitches, but am able to completely avoid them by making sure to run on a fairly empty stomach (I need to eat at least an hour before I run) and by staying hydrated.  For me, this means that I need to drink a ton of water, but that I need to be careful of HOW I drink water in the 1/2 hour before I work out and during my workout.  During this time, I take a sip, exhale all the air in the lungs through my nose, then swallow.  Annoying, yes, but this method (taught to me by one of my marathon runner friends) ensures that I am not swallowing lots of air along with my water.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It happens to me around my period.  I make sure not to eat anything more than a yogurt within the 3 hours before a run.  Also, if you are running and for example, you have a side stitch on the left, breathe out sharply when your left heel strikes the ground, so you’re getting a breathing rhythm down.  Another thing that I have learned is to push a little bit in on your waist where its happening- sometimes i can eek out another mile that way before taking a short rest.

Best option of all: do all these things AND walk for 2 minutes

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i’ve done several 5Ks, 10Ks, half and full marathons. i consider myself to be a fairly accomplished runner….whenever i get the side splints, it is a reminder that my body is lacking hydration or i’m pushing myself a bit too hard. perhaps you need to be walking for a longer period of time or you haven’t warmed up sufficiently. common mistakes for runners just starting is that they RUN. you should ease yourself into running by doing intervals AFTER you’ve been walking for a few weeks. it'[s the only way to safely adjust your body to that level of intensity.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Keeping hydrated as previously said, and also your breathing. Find your own breathing pattern that works with your stride. When we get a sharp pain our instant reaction is to hold our breath – this makes it worse! Breathe deeply and you’ll find it will ease off. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Make sure you’re hydrated and make sure you go to the bathroom before you run! When I have to pee and I run, I almost always get a side cramp.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

I’m the opposite? I find that if I drink a lot before a run then I get a terrible stitch (And I don’t mean gulping it down, just a ‘normal’ amount for a non-run day). I never get them on the treadmill, just when I run outside. I find that my holding the area tight, and trying to ‘catch my breath’ usually works, althought this solution came from google! Other than that, all I can suggest is just to slow down and try and jog through it?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I can’t eat at least 2 hours before exercise, and have been afraid to drink, either, as I’d end up with nasty heartburn… BUT I DO end up at least one point each time I try to walk/jog (not good at it, am trying to get decent at jogging after avoiding it for years) I end up with a stich in my right side.  I’ll try drinking some water, slowly and prolly at room temp before going next time and see if that helps.  I just figured I was a bad runner 🙂 (which I am, but need to get past this, too).

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