SON OF A STITCH!: How To Stop A Runner’s Stitch In Its Tracks

You get to class all fired up, you start blazing on the treadmill and then a dagger to your heart…..err the side of your gut actually. The dreaded side stitch is an elusive monster that creeps up on you when you least expect it. Here are three tips to help keep it at bay: 1. BREATHE SLOWER A side stitch is the tightening of the diaphragm, which is a thin muscle involved in your breathing. (Notice how I mentioned it’s a muscle?) So what happens when you contract a muscle too many times and too quickly? It cramps! Most people overcompensate the amount of breath needed for the actual work being done when running. When we want to sprint, we Read More