I don't often get stitch, except for if I eat/drink too close to running. When I do get it, I find that dropping my arms down by my side and blowing out very hard a couple of times helps to get rid of it.
Is there a paticular time or distance when a stitch kicks in? For me it's usually about 3 miles.
I found something online the other day which seemed to work. When you start getting a stitch stretch your arms up and backwards and takes deep breaths. This has worked a couple of times for me now.
Has anyone considered (in females) the relationship between getting a stitch and water retention?
Today I did a circuit and had a stitch during the laps. Yesterday I played squash and had a stitch. On Sunday I ran 5 miles and had a stitch.
However, at other times I can go for about two or three weeks without getting a stitch.
I wouldn't say that i'm a world class athlete but for the past 14-16 months I've been undertaking regular (3-4 times / week, minimum) exercise, inculding running, which began properly with the Manchester 10km in 2009. I really do feel stronger and fitter in many ways.
I will try the tips mentioned here (all I've tried so far is the breathing exercises, to no avail) but I'm also going to map when in the month I get a stitch. I'm curious as to whether there might be a link between low levels of water in the body and getting a stitch.
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