Ways to Prevent or Lessen the Pain of the Common Side Stitch:
Do not Run on a Full Stomach
You shouldn’t drink large amounts of water or eat 2-4 hours before exercise. Sip small amounts (1-2 swallows) before and during exercise and wait to fully re-hydrate until after the workout. Dehydration can cause cramping as well, so do not ignore water/Gatorade during running. Always sip a few swallows at regular intervals if running for more than 30 minutes and in hot temperatures.
Decrease Pace and Breath Deeply
Decrease fast pace for a few minutes and continue deep breathing techniques during running. A common running sequence is a three step inhale and two step exhale pattern. Slowing down your pace will allow for you to keep up with that pattern. As you increase to near maximum speed, your breathing will become more labored. However, you can push through the pain and keep your pace if you concentrate on breathing deep by pushing your stomach out when you inhale and relaxing it as you exhale.
Pre-Stretch With Side Torso Twists
Pre-stretch before running by doing side torso twists. One of the best ways to pre-stretch the area is to lift your arms over your head and lean to the left and right at the waist.
Perform Lower Back and Abdominal Exercises
Do more lower back and abdominal exercises. Having a strong core will help you prevent the side stitch.
“Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life; you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being; you have to discover your own being.”—Osho (via infinatelyawkward)
growing up I always despised running. In middle school and high school I was the girl who could only run for the first minute of the mile, and walk the rest of the distance. I was the girl who would fake sick anytime the P.E. teacher would say the word “time test”. I was the girl who didn’t even own her own pair of sneakers.
Fake call to excuse me from P.E. that day? Sure
Make up classes? Sure
Failing grade? Sure
Getting yelled at by parents? Sure
Anything but running.
Faster than I thought possible, I’m starting to love running more and more. Not going to lie, there’s still times when I hate it. I hate the way my legs feel like jello. How there’s always a sharp pain in my side. I hate how my throat is burning.
However, every time I run another mile, run for a longer amount of time than I did the last, or even pick up my pace a little, a giant smile creeps across my face as I realize I am no longer the girl who was too scared to even try.
The part that irritates me the most is that I can’t even remember turning off my alarm clock.
Oh well, I have to keep in mind that my body spent the last week and a half being sick. I will make up for my run tomorrow when my day isn’t as full.
Happiness is a state of noncontradictory Joy - a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction, not the joy of escaping from your mind, but of using your mind’s fullest power; not the joy of faking reality, but of achieving values that are real; not the joy of a drunkard, but of a producer.
Joy is not the absence of pain, intelligence is not the absence of stupidity, light is not the absence of darkness. Building is not done by abstaining from demolition.
I’ve been putting off my mountain of homework for the past hour. Luckily, I didn’t miss out on too much school the past week while I was sick. Although, I do need to study for three tests that are coming up in the next week.
I think what I really need to get me going is more food. I’M SO HUNGRY ALL OF THE TIME!
6:00 am- Time to wake up and have breakfast before class.
6:30 am-*still lying in bed* Time to go to Pilates!!
7:00 am-*thoughts while still lying in bed* I’ll just skip this class.
8:30 am- Now its time to go to English.
8:45 am- Okay, I’ll just skip one more class.
9:30 am- I should really go to my ten o’clock class…
9:45 am- *while playing Temple Run* I don’t feel good enough to move. I’ll go to my twelve thirty class though!
12:10 pm- *still in bed*