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Side Stitches & Sweat & Breathing....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I went on my 2nd run with my new group. I LOVE this group! They are so nice. And, today several people joined us that didn't run on Monday. And, one of them was slower than me! It just makes me feel better as I was afraid I was going to cause problems because of my speed. The coaches come back & check on us & then run ahead...well, I didn't want to be the only one way behind!

So, I got some pretty bad side stitches...twice! This is the 3rd time in about a week. I have only had them a few times before. Is it the heat? Because I'm pushing my pace?

The head coach happened to run to me while I was having one of my stitches. I've heard about changing the breathing & that didn't seem to help. But, she had me reach my arm straight up on the side of the stitch then stretch over to the other direction...and it really helped!

Another tip the coach gave us was to wipe the sweat way so the body doesn't have to work so hard! Again, it was about 85 when we started running & 90 when I finished my 4 miles....ugh!

She also told me I need to breathe in through my nose & out through my mouth. I just use my nose! I think this might help, but I also think it makes me thirstier!

I am debating about my long 6 miler coming up. If I did it with this group it'd be about 8:40 in 85-90 degree temps with quite a bit of sunshine. With my other group, it'd be at 6:15 am (so leave house at 5:50) in dark & upper 70's to low 80's & a lot less sun. It would also be around more people, have a water station, and I'd see more people while running. But the Friday group is SO much more fun & we hang out & talk before & after the run. Tough decision!

I'll let you know what I decide. But, for tomorrow, I do my swim evaluation & lesson with my coach! I'm excited!
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  • STAROFD00M
    I love reading about your tri training. Keep up the amazing work!

    3481 days ago
  • AUDIKAT007
    This might sound CRAZY, but try chewing gum while running. I USE TO get side stitches pretty bad when I ran. Then, I started chewing gum and no more stitches! I read somewhere that for some reason, with gum in your mouth, you will have a more rhythmic breathing pattern. Irregular breathing patterns can be one of the causes of the stitches. Also, I find some of the citrus mint flavors make my mouth feel less dry and thirsty. Food for thought.

    I started running last year and chewed gum all the time to prevent stitches. Now, I don't even need the gum. I have much better control on my breathing. Use the gum as training wheels until you stop getting stitches. Today, I ran 10 miles without a single stick of gum or a single stitch! Best wishes! Stitches STINK!
    3482 days ago
  • ITSHOWYOULIVE
    It could very well be the heat. Have you tried a hydration fluid in your pack? If you use a waist pack with bottles it is really easy to fill just one bottle with a hydration fluid. Nuun makes a very good product that is easy to use and really helps balance the bodies electrolytes and fluids during exercise. There is always Gatorade or Powerade too, as well as several other choices. Hope you have a great run whichever group you go with :). You are doing so awesome-very much an inspiration for me :)!
    3483 days ago
  • DELERIOUS64
    I'd go for the early run but I have an awful time running in the heat. Give me 40-50 degrees any day. For running that is... Whatever you decide, have fun!
    3483 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2659174
    Hard decision - either way you will have a great run!
    3483 days ago
  • KKINNEA
    My vote is for dark. And when I run, I huff and puff through the mouth like a horse - I like having as big a volume of air as possible!

    Sounds like you're having a great time. I like to make run coaches work to come back to get me - they're speedy enough and it helps them work out too :)
    3483 days ago
  • KJDOESLIFE
    Great job!!
    3483 days ago
  • AMOHAME2
    I'm so glad you're enjoying your running group!! It makes all the difference in the world, and a great group can get you through a bad run. Whatever you decide about your long run, have a good one!!

    Oh and I've heard that pinching the little bit of your nose below your nostrils helps with stitches. I don't know why, but it worked when I tried it! Maybe just reminds you to breathe through your nose? Or just distracts from the stitch?
    3483 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/25/2011 8:35:38 AM
  • RHONDALYN10
    Happy to hear that through it all you are enjoying yourself! Keep up the hard work and dedication!
    3483 days ago
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