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Paul S asked the question in Let's Run

How do you get rid of a stitch when running.

Quite a few people get stitches when running. Do you get them? And if you do, can you, and how do you make it go away?

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I get a stitch while running now and again, and one way I've found to stop them is by changing my breathing pattern compared to my pacing.

e.g. If I am say taking 1 breath in for every 4 paces and 1 breath out for 4 paces and I develop a stitch, I will then maybe take one breath in for 3 paces and 1 breath out for 4 paces, and keep varying my breathing in different ways like this. 

This works for me every time. works for me.

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I change my running pattern, by running on my tip toes, and putting my hands behind my head and carry on jogging till its gone.  Someone showed me it a few years back, and somehow seemed to work!

Sports-iqgold Steve R answered Comment

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If I have a stitch on my left side I breathe in and out when my Right foot hits the floor and vice versa!!!

Cathy H answered Comment

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Hahaha I agree with @pauls on this one (my old xc coach always had us use our breathing to dictate everything) although I'd definitely like to see @steve on his tip toes! I'm sure it works just as well but I can't imagine why. :-)

Sports-iqsilver Cricky C answered Comment

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Thanks for the tips. Il try them out next time i get a stitch :)

Alex S answered Comment

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I'd have to agree with @steve and @paul, I change my breathing and it eases off.

Sports-iqsilver Eoin O answered Comment

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Breathing for sure as @pauls said and perhaps jumping out of our body for a few seconds -metaphorically or literally if you can do it ;-) - and have a look at the way our biomechanics are at the moment the stitch hits our body...then perhaps quickly correct, align, change forces, move an arm or go jumpy jumpy kinda like @steve's drill and it ll be gone. I had never had to stop when I got a stitch. This is my way...breathing is for sure the first thing to do. Something I just remembered is what we used to do when I was an army officer in Greece is breath through the nose and then exhale through the mouth twice...so one in through the nose and two out through the mouth with the second one usually more blowy! Long answer...sorry got carried away

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Read recently, that you should take a deep breath, and then force it all out through pursed lips as this does some thing to your diaphram....blah, blah blah (got what to do, switched off when it came to reasons why LOL )

Sports-iqbronze Terry M answered Comment

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I HATED running at school was terrible at it and bunked off to avoid it because being dropped as part of a PE lesson is no fun and definitely not when it happens week after week, what the problem was is I got a horrendous stitch. not that I was ever asked. And I wasn’t a laggard I played Badminton at a county level. Since my leg length discrepancy has been "discovered" and compensated for I was amazed to find that I wanted to run and that I could do it. I think breathing has a lot to do with it but its hard to concentrate when it hurts. BTW I never had an issue cross country ski-ing so think it's an impact related thing.

Sports-iqsilver Kat S answered Comment

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Dont Breathe from your mouth :) From Your nose will be fine :)

William ; answered Comment

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Try to breath from your stomach and not your chest.  I ran my first marathon last year and got 3 sidestiches (the last one in the final 200 meters!).  I stop, bend over and touch my toes for a few seconds, then stand up and lean back and stretch that way for a few seconds, then continue at a jog until you feel comfortable.  That gets rid of it for awhile for me.  Pinching my side while running helps me too.  Not fun!

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I press on the area that the stitch is, and exhale very hard. removes the stitch almost immediately if not the 2nd time you exhale

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