Post # 1
I’ve been doing the C25K program, and I’m currently on week 5, but I’ve been doing it closer to 7 weeks. (Did a few days extra and took a few days off with knee problems) A few days ago I did a 5 minute warmup, 5 minute run, 3 minute walk for 20 minutes, and 5 minute cool down. Today I did a 5 minute warmup, 8 minute run, 5 minute walk, 8 minute run, and 5 minute cool down.
I get the WORST cramps in my side and lower abs about 10 minutes into the routine, whether I’m running or walking at the time. This just started happening this week and not any of the other 7 weeks I’ve been doing the program. I run in the morning before I get ready and usually just eat a banana, and that was fine until a few days ago. This morning before my run, I switched to toast, and it still happened. I’m always hungry when I wake up, so I have to eat something before I go running. Is food the problem? I drink plenty of water (about 64 ounces a day), so I don’t think I’m dehydrated. I really want to run a 5k, but these cramps aren’t exactly giving me motivation to run.
Post # 3
I’ve found that my cramps are usually the result of not warming up enough or pushing too hard too fast. So m first trouble-shooting advice would be to do a 10 minute warm up tomorrow, and maybe add some high-knees and butt-kicks (they are exactly what they sound like) into the routine.
Post # 5
Did ya know it’s a real “thing”? : Excercise Related Transient Abdominal Pain.
Post # 6
Make sure you go to the bathroom before you run…not to be gross, but if I have to do some..ehem, business, I usually get pains in my side when I run.
Post # 7
Are you running significantly harder than you had been? I used to get a ton of cramps when I first started running but now only really get them if I’m pushing myself really hard or even too hard. I find there’s two distinct levels of cramps – tolerable and intolerable. The former can and should be run through. The latter requires slowing to a walk – I often rub my side a little where it hurts. Of course, where the line is is all about feel, but if the pain is sub-excrutating, you may be able to run through it and have a bit of a breakthrough.
Post # 8
It might be the food! I have to eat the minute I get up (I am starving in the morning), so I usually run in the evenings if I can’t wait 1 hour after eating to do my run. Sometimes I run on an empty stomach, but my performance is ALWAYS better if I eat.
Post # 9
Eating or drinking too soon before running can cause cramps. I understand the being hungry part…I always struggle with this. But I try not to eat or drink 2 hours before I go running. It does help
Post # 10
This might be a little Too Much Information… but I’ve recently discovered that the bathroom issue that hilsy85 mentioned is true for me. I had been having side aches while running too, and then one day I had them just sitting at work. I thought it was strange and went to the bathroom to… ahm….relieve myself, and it went away! This morning before I ran I did the same thing, and no side aches!
Post # 11
Make sure you’re breathing correctly! I can usually run 3-4 miles no problem, but last month started getting cramps on my right side just a few minutes into my run. I realized that, with so much on my mind lately, I was breathing too shallow. I’ve been focusing on my breathing more and haven’t had any problems in the last few weeks.
Post # 12
If it’s a side stich, try breathing in when you step down on your RIGHT foot. For whatever reason (there is scientific mumbo-jumbo related) inhaling when landing on your left foot can cause side stiching..
When i get them, I start paying attention to my breathing and can get them to go away.
If it’s something more intense – I wish I could help.. just wanted to get that info out there.
Post # 13
Slow down. Give yourself a much longer warm-up and run slower for the first 10 minutes of your work-out. I always get stomach/side cramps if I push myself too hard, even if it doesn’t feel too hard at the time. Maybe you could get a heart-rate monitor to make sure that you’re staying within your proper range and not overdoing it. Hope that helps!