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Poster: Captain Awesome
Subject: RE: Stitches, breathing, and racing
I know this topic has been covered before, but I figured maybe some new posters have some insight or old posters have new ideas. At the very least, it's probably a more worth while topic than half of what's on here.
Anyway, I'm a former HS and college runner who has recently moved up to running longer races. I'm really enjoying it. Unfortunately, I've been hit with a moderate to severe side stitch in every race I've run over 10k (3, all this fall). I almost never had side stitches before. I would get the lactic acid feeling in my stomach, but this is different. It's more of a tightness and discomfort that leads to being able to breath properly.
Here's my latest example. I ran my first half marathon this weekend. I hydrated a lot the day before, ate a large pasta dinner the night before, and drank more water and a cup of coffee the morning of. The race was at 9am. I did a gentle warm-up, and a few relaxed strides. The pace was very easy the first few miles. The the leaders surged and I went with them. My legs felt great and I wasn't breathing hard. However, within a mile I had a side stitch that made breathing difficult. I forcefully exhaled for a while, which helped some but not much. I was able to gut it out, but ran 4-5 minutes slower than my workouts had suggested. I also felt quite strong, except the stitch which led to a lack of oxygen.
It's two days later, and my abs are sore. Mostly in the center/right under the ribs where the cramp came on, but somewhat all over. I didn't notice this feeling in a single training session, though I did in my last race.
Sorry this is so long, but any ideas on how to overcome this problem would be greatly appreciated!
I'm assuming by stating you are a former HS and college runner, you mean you were a runner while you happened to be in HS and college. Why in the world would you eat a large pasta dinner the night before a race? You shouldn't even do that the night before a marathon. I'm guessing that's your biggest problem. Your other problem is probably listening to the advice of the TNT running group in your area.Hit the submit button below if you want us to review the post.
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