i'm pretty convinced that most stitch trouble is caused by either dehydration or weakness in core and abdominal muscles. Therefore the best way to reduce instances of stitch is:
a) ensure adequate hydration. Don't do this by downing pints of water just prior to a run however - this is likely to exacerbate a stitch problem. It's good to drink water in small quantities continually throughout the day.
b) general core and abdominal muscle strengthening. A mixture of crunches, good quality press ups. Suspension training is also really good for core work.
I used to suffer with them horribly as a kid, doing cross country etc.
Recently, before hitting the streets I've worked on my general fitness in the gym, and after getting that base to work with, I haven't had a single one since I started putting in the miles.
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