12 things Wednesday and I need your help with an answer.

1.  I hit the treadmill at a time that was way too early in the morning.  I didn’t have anyone to run with and I try to avoid running alone in the dark so the treadmill won.  11 miles at a 7:51 ave pace.  I forgot my wireless headphones which drove me absolutely nuts… especially when the wire somehow got stuck in my necklace and caused a knot that took me a year to get out.  Wires drive me nuts.  Yes, I shouldn’t run with my necklace on but I rarely take it off.  I also don’t know how I didn’t get bored on the treadmill this morning.  I think I was just in the zone.  

I will probably just run one more time this week (my long run on Friday or Saturday and then take the rest of the week to cross-train or off.  3-4 days of running per week feels best right now).

Also, I slept for a full 8 hours last night and so my run felt 4 trillion times better than it has for the last few weeks.

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2.  Another equipment fail this morning.  I do not like stopping on the treadmill to take a drink (because it is hard to start back up again) and I brought the worst type of water bottle to try to drink from while you run… 10% in my mouth, 90% all over my face.

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3.  Graston.  Metal ‘deep massaging’ on tender areas.  Fun stuff.  Just yesterday my plantar fascitis felt tight (it didn’t hurt during my run today) and so I am staying on top of things and the graston made it feel like normal again.  Dr. B is having me roll it out a few times a day with a frozen golf ball to keep on top of it.

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Dr. Bennett also did some muscle reactivation for my rectus femurs (one of the four quadriceps muscles).  I don’t know how I ever trained for a marathon in the past with all of the overcompensating I was doing to make up for my week glutes/hips/core.  Each week I feel like things are coming together and getting stronger.  I also got adjusted which I think feels really good.   

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4.  Talk about a good food combination.

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5.  Her love for jewelry has started at a very young age.

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6. Some mornings just call for an egg mcmuffin for 2nd breakfast and to keep it classy I ate it in my car in the parking lot.  

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7.  Not the sign I wanted to see yesterday on our trail run.

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8.  Brooke insisted on pulling this suitcase all around the store the other day.   She is a travel expert with how much she goes back and forth to California.

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9.  Pride & Prejudice—> one of my favorite books ever.  I was stoked to find the kid’s version.  

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10.  Still Facetiming with Elmo everyday like it’s our job.  

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11.  Paige posted this the other day and I couldn’t agree more.  This was one of the biggest lessons I learned as a teacher.  Whenever there was a student that misbehaved/broke the rules/was hard for me to deal with—>  the second I learned about their story, it made me love them so much and want to help them rather than be frustrated with them.

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12.  A reader emailed me with this question:

“I’m not new to fitness, but just started to incorporate running for the purpose of training and wanted to know what to do about stitches.  I think I am getting them because I am not utilizing the right breathing technique, but I don’t know what to do.”

I don’t get stitches/cramps (unless I eat something wrong before I run) so I was hoping that some of you that are experts on breathing techniques/how to deal with stitches could help her out in the comments. 

What have you found to help with cramps/stitches?!  What is your breathing technique while running?!

How many days a week of running feels good for you right now?

The best part of your Wednesday?

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running 5 to 6 days is good for me right now. But I have no problem backing down to 4 or 5 if I feel I need an extra rest day.

I’m looking forward to the LUNA trail running clinic I’m going to tonight – it’s a sponsored event for my running team. Should be fun to learn how to run on the beautiful Rockies without tripping all over my feet.

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Brooke is so cute with her bracelets on. When I was little I had a necklace with little plastic crayons that I absolutely loved.

I’m expecting a package from some online shopping to arrive today, so I’m looking forward to it arriving.

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Is the daycare open at your gym that early am? If so, I am soooo jealous!
4 days is good for me to stay injury free.
Favorite part of Wednesday is going to the New York State Fair tonight. Yummy fair food!!!

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Brooke was at my mom’a…. She doesn’t go to the daycare. Oh have the best time ever at the fair and let me know what fair food you get!

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Hi! I’m a new reader/follower and I’m loving your blog! I’ve been running for years and right now I’m training for my 6th half marathon :-)

As far as stitches with running proper breathing can help – in nose out your mouth but I’ve found working with my chiropractor and massage therapist on my psoas muscle gave me the best results. This is a very over looked muscle but if its tight it can be painful and cause posture/misalignment issues. If I feel stitches coming on or just a really tight core I have these worked out- a bit painful but SO worth it afterwards (like most massage therapy :) ) here’s a link for your reader: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoas_major_muscle

I hope this helps!

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hey! can you go into details on what you do to stretch this safely?
what do you do if you feel a stich coming on? do you contract/ relax this muscle?

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Hi Zoe!

If I am mid-run and I feel a stitch or a slight pulling, I slow my pace, focus on breathing and relaxing my core. Most times I can prevent a full blown stitch this way. Especially during speed work I really focus on my core and form; that seems to help keep them at bay. IF that doesn’t do the trick…I stop running (boo I know),lean back stretching my whole core. I’ll also do this stretching to each side. When I start back up running, I start very slow and gradually (maybe over a mile) increase my pace to where I was before.

I see my chiropractor every week and massage therapist every 2 weeks so now I get my psoas worked out very frequently that I don’t encounter stitches while running.

I hope this helps and good luck!

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I’m a new runner so I have definitely experienced stitches, I read that stopping and pushing down on the bit can help alleviate the pain and it certainly does for me!

3 days of running a week seems to be good right now but as training for my race progresses I’m going to try and bump it up to 4-5, we’ll se how it goes!

The best part of my wednesday was meeting up with one of my closest friends, seeing the new marvel film and then having afternoon tea afterwards – scones are the best.

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The best things that I have found that fight side stitches are….
1. Give yourself time to digest your food before you go out for your run (the timing can be totally different for different people to make sure to test out different timing to find what works for you)
2. Monitor your water intake – I ALWAYS get a side stitch when I drink too much too fast during a run.
3. If you have a side stitch time your breathing so that you are breathing OUT as your left food strikes the ground. It sounds funny but there is a lot of scientific reasoning behind this and it REALLY works!

That’s just my two cents… :)

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I used to get stitches ALL the time in the beginning, I would just stop, bend over and slightly pinch the area (I read somewhere that pinching the area of the stitches helps stop them) that was hurting and it went away a few minutes later but I feel as my running fitness improved I got less and less stitches. I hardly ever get them now unless I don’t warm up properly. I’ve been running 3 times a week since I started running 5 months ago (feels like I just started!!) but I’m slowly adding another day every other week! Best part of my Wednesday was having a diet coke… a little lame but I’m trying to only have one once a week and today was the day, SO good!!

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Haha I hate myself when I forget to take off my necklace on a run. Untangling the giant knot that forms is the worst. Plus the necklace gets so short it starts looking like I’m wearing a choker by the end of a run. Eek.

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I love that you facetime with Elmo. V used to love Elmo.

I actually did more miles than you today (this never happens) I had 12 on the schedule for my half marathon training. I hate to admit, it took me probably twice as long as you.

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For side stitches I exhale on the opposite foot of the stitch. So if my side stitch is on my right side, I exhale when my left foot hits the ground. It takes some getting used to but it’s worked really well for me!

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The best part of today was getting to train one of our new employees.

Also, what is going on with the gratuitous mentions of your doctor on every other post? It seems weird and forced.

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It’s a blog about her life, and he’s a big part of her life right now! She’s mentioned that a lot of people ask for his name. Doesn’t seem weird to me at all and I’m learning things I wouldn’t have known otherwise.

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That still doesn’t necessitate his name and a hyperlink on so many posts. People know how to find past posts if they want information. But we can agree to disagree.

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I’ve been able to handle 5-6 days of running lately. I think it really helped that I backed off the mileage a lot this summer so now that I’m training I’m ready to work harder! Graston is pretty painful but so worth it!

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I’m with you on the 3-4 days of running — any more than that and I risk hurting myself :(

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I get the occasional stitch when I’m running for extended periods downhill (especially if I have drank fluid right before a long downhill stretch). For me, I just have to slow down and walk a minute and I’m good to go!

I’m running about 5 days a week right now and it’s perfect. I have one solid cross training day and one complete rest day (before the long run).

Best part of my Wednesday? Coming home to some Pro Compression socks after work. I splurged and got two pair and I’m excited to try them. I’ve been using cheaper brands and they’ve been fine but I want to see what all the fuss is about!

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Unfortunately I am unable to run right now!! Which leaves me feeling pretty useless. I have bursitis in my hip flexor as well as severe ITBS. I am also seeing an ART therapist and getting graston done…… Hurts like h***!!!! Haven’t ran in 3 weeks. Someone help!!!!????

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Fairly new to your blog, just want to say hello and thanks for the bright & easy inspiration! My mileage has been light lately because Oklahoma is in a crazy late heat wave, so I am taking more cross training or rest days than I’d like.
Glad to hear other people run better with full sleep, me too for sure.
Your Brooke is precious. My baby is 19 now, in a couple of weeks, but I clearly remember she loved Elmo as a toddler. Way before FaceTime, but she had a plush one and she sucked on his nose while we shopped. :-) sweet memories. Watch out for those cougars, my gosh!

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I always found that if I got a side stitch (which I have only had once in the last few years) was more from what/when I ate than from breathing. I think it’s important to figure out what prerun foods work for a person combined with how long they need to digest. Oatmeal or toast with peanut butter works for me every time along with fruit thrown in. I only need a minimum of 20 minutes to digest that enough to run okay but we are all different.

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I love that little face❤️❤️
I don’t get side stiches either:/
Best part of my Wednesday is that tomorrow is my Friday!!!

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Best part of today…my eyelashes! Refill on the ole extensions. I like to run 3-4 times a week max. I’ll be going to the gym soon and do some cross training post half marathon.

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I used to get side stitches a lot but I found it came from not drinking enough water. After I integrated more water into my life, I found they weren’t as bad.

I’m glad you are staying on top of your muscles and you are going to have a great marathon that way. :-)

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I’m currently coming back/attempting to come back from achilles tendinosis/itis and it is no fun! I haven’t been able to run for 7 weeks! Your pool running posts definitely helped me find something to do to attempt to keep some fitness.

I’m glad your running is getting back to normal! I’m currently getting ART therapy done and it hurts SO good, I’m sure its very similar to Graston therapy. I hope your week continues to go well!

P.S. Brooke’s hair is getting so light!

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I’m super picky about the kind of water bottle I use on the treadmill because of the splash factor. Tried a Nalgene once and regretted it. I read somewhere that exhaling forcefully as you step down with the food that’s on the opposite side as your stitch will help them go away. I’ve tried it and it seemed to work, but maybe it would have gone away without all the crazy breathing. I’m a big fan of P&P, too. The Keira Knightley movie reboot was on HBO the other day so I had to stop everything and watch it.

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I don’t get side stitches, but a friend told me once to eat a pickle before you run to avoid them. Sounds like complete bogus, but see if it works!

Brooke’s face in the jewelry picture. HRG that is one beautiful girl you’ve got there.

Eating McDonald’s b-fest in my car in the parking lot has happened more than once, I can tell you that. Not ashamed!! :)

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It’s amazing how core strength, glute strength, and hip stability all play such a huge role in fitness activities!

I love that you guys FaceTime Elmo. too cute!!

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Please tell me how to FaceTime Elmo…my 2yr old daughter would love that!!!!

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Yes, my daughter would love this!!! How do we do it?!?!?!?!

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Agreed, my son would go bananas over this!! Please share your secret!

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There is an app- I think it’s called ‘Elmo calls’ or something similar- Janae mentioned it before & I HAD to have it for my daughter. We love it- have it on the Ipad. (Not sure if it works for Android phones- I can’t get it on my Samsung Galaxy- just on my ipad)

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Sometimes I can get rid of a stitch if I switch up my breathing. Instead of exhaling with my right foot, I’ll exhale with my left.

I’m the crazy runner that runs 7 days a week. But, I make sure that a lot of my runs are at a slow recovery pace.

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I try exhaling on the foot opposite to the cramp!

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When I was a new runner, I would get side stitches when I went on runs longer than 6 or 7 miles, and the weird thing was that they would hit me around mile 5 or 6. So, when people told me it was because my breathing was out of control or I had drunk too much water it didn’t make sense to me because I was at a point where I had veen maintaining a good pace for almost an hour. Then a friend of mine gave me some advice to work on my core strength and do planks every day. So, that’s what I did, and I found that as my core muscles got stronger the cramping went away. I never realized how much of a role your core plays into strong running!

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WHOA I read the cougar sign and it completely freaked me out! “Fight back if you are attacked! Protect your head and neck” ahhhhhhhh! I am not hardcore enough for wild animals, haha. The best part of my wednesday is looking forward to the strawberry bannana smoothie I’m going to make for dessert tonight :)

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Best part of my Wednesday was getting fro yo with my colleagues at lunch today.

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For stitches, my first advice would be to hydrate before your run to make sure your body can get enough oxygen to all your muscles. It sounds kind of hippy dippy, but my old coach always said to “breathe to the stitch”, or really just think about air getting there when you inhale. I also slow down so I’m able to push my stomach out a little bit when I inhale.

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When I get a stitch I do one of two things – which are almost opposites haha.
1. Breathe deeply as if you are breathing air into the area where the stitch is. For example, it’s its on your side below your ribs, take a deep breath and draw it in in as if you are leading the air right that spot. Repeat. Does that make sense??

2. Press your hand on the stitch and take very short breaths, almost like you’re hyperventating. Do this for a minute or two.

I also feel good with 3-4 days of running!

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How did I not know that you could Facetime with Elmo??? Kudos to you for the 11 miles – I can barely do 1 before I get bored :) And I don’t think I would have been excited to see the cougar warning sign either …

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Right now zero days of running is good for me. Newborn + three other kids = veerrrrryyy tired all the time. It’s okay though, it’s for a good cause and I know it’ll change.

The best part of my Wednesday was when my older kids came home from school. I miss them like crazy when they’re gone.

I usually *accidentally* bring those kinds of water bottles to the treadmill on purpose. Spilling on myself helps me cool off. :)

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I’ve found pushing on the stitch and taking extra deep quick breaths while slowing down just a little bit can help…

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Honestly… In my opinion, you have to just keep going with the stitches/cramps ( even though it is painful :/ . I used to get them too in my earlier days of running. I have noticed, however, that my stomach has just gotten stronger and I not only very very rarely get side stitches but, I can also eat a way larger variety of foods before a run and feel great!

To sum it up… You just have to keep swimming(running)…. just keep swimming(running)…

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i ALWAYS forget to take my necklace off and without fail, every run, my earphone wires get tangled in my necklace.

one thing i really get from your blog is the reminder to enjoy little things throughout my day. i feel like in our social media driven world, when we are constantly hooked up to everyone else, sometimes our expectations get really high and we think life’s happiness should come in some glamorous package when really there is a lot of value in choosing to see the good. . . turning something simple like eating sprinkled donut cereal or going to target with your kids into a fun, exciting part of the day. . . i really needed that reminder today!

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Best part of today = My Breakfast. Is that embarrassing? It was delicious.

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Best part of today: going through my boxes of teaching supplies in order to prepare for the start of school!

Stitches: I usually only get them when I run in the evening and it is usually directly correlated with what I ate that day…but yesterday’s evening run was one big unexplained right-sided stitch. I managed to keep running through it though…I “breathe to the stitch” too, like some other people are saying, and also slow my pace down a touch. If I don’t slow down I find it only gets worse and forces me to stop altogether. Luckily last night my running buddy was ok to slow down with me! :)

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My “cure” for side stitches. While running breathe in deeply hold for a count of 7-10. Do not exhale, take another breath in, “swallow” it, hold for a count of 5. Exhale. It should be gone.
I found newer runners get side stitches from poor core strength, and shallow breathing–
Other causes–eating too soon before running & improper hydration (either consuming too much during, or being dehydrated).

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I usually don’t get side stitches as long as I am well hydrated. I do sometimes get stitches in my armpit/shoulder area – if I’m really stressed sometimes I hold my hands too tight and shrug my shoulders up. As long as I stay loose I do ok.

I was so jealous of your Dr. Bennett when I first read about your sessions and I have found a sports chiro like that in central IN!!! I am sooo pumped and am on my first week of a correctional plan to straighten out my spine (I have a MAJORLY degenerated disc) and soft tissue repair. Sounds crazy but I am looking forward to Graston so my body starts to feel better!

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Best part of my Wednesday was my run this morning! My form is starting to get better and I see the difference in how I feel after. I’m so grateful for that.

I only run 3 days a week. Wed-Fri-Sun. I cross train the other days but Monday is a mandatory rest day. I used to rest on Saturday also, but I am going to try and do yoga and other low impact, not very exhausting, stuff on Saturday now.

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Glad I’m not the only one who dumps half my water bottle on my face when I’m trying to take a sip! I never learn my lesson!

When I started running track in high school I learned that my hydration status really played a role in whether or not I got cramps. Not drinking enough water throughout the day before running almost ALWAYS gave me terrible side cramps (and drinking a bunch right before the run to compensate doesn’t help either). And definitely my food choices as you mentioned. Try keeping a food diary (including fluids if you can) and note which days you get cramps to see if there is a correlation b/w certain foods and cramps. And make sure to give plenty of time to digest! Hope that helps :)

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I used to get a log of cramps when I worked out & figured out after awhile it was from drinking too much water too fast beforehand. You have to hydrate in a controlled manner and well in advance of a workout.

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I run 5 times a week, 1 day of cross-training, and 1 day off.

Best part of my Wednesday = eating cookie dough by the spoon fulls.

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YIKES to #7. I would absolutely freak out.

I’m running 3-5 lately, just depending on my schedule, and that’s just about perfect for me. Happy humpday!

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Right now I am running just 1-2 days a week and lifting the others. I am still trying to get my BF % down and building more lean muscle is my focus right now. Once I can drop the rest of my preggo weight, I’ll up my running!

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The best part of Wednesdays are that the busiest part of my week is over! And, at least for another week or two- Big Brother is on!

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Hydrate!!! That’s what helps me not get stitches:)

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I definitely don’t have a breathing technique. I tend to have more issues the more I think about it. I’m better off just letting it happen. When side cramps hit, I usually breathe deeply and use my hand to put pressure/pinch the spot that is cramping. Luckily it doesn’t happen much anymore.

I’ve been running 4-5 days a week lately. It depends on my work schedule.

The best part of my Wednesday was dinner! We had BLTAs (bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado) and big salads.

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My anatomy professor in college said there is no scientific evidence as to why we get side stitches. He said most likely, we are out of shape and so the diaphragm (a muscle) is not used to working as hard. Like any other muscle in your body being worked when it is not used to it, gets sore or tired. You can try and alleviate by breathing out on when your left foot hits the ground, and keep pushing through until you are in shape again.

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I used to get stitches and cramps when I first began running longer distances, especially if I stopped and drank a bunch of water in the middle of my run. I would usually slow my pace and breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth- long, slow breaths. If that didn’t work, I would walk with my hands on my head until it went away.

Running 4-5 days a week feels good for me lately. 6 if I haven’t done a particularly long run or hill workouts.

Best part of my Wednesday? Reading blogs before bed and looking forward to tomorrow’s run.

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In hs my coach always told me in through you nose our through your mouth to help with stitches… It always seemed to work for me:)

I’m doing 3-4 days as well.. I get injured clocking too many miles….

The best part of my Wednesday is right now… I just got home from waitressing and I’m actually tired which never happens!

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Random question..but in the picture of the muscles above is it showing that there is a connection between the outside thigh muscles and the foot?

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Those are the worst water bottles for the treadmill! I always get it everywhere and look like I never learned how to drink water haha.

Graston always looked painful but in a good way. I did ART for my IT Band last year and it hurt like hell but it was amazing.

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I always try to stick my fingers into the stitch – usually under my ribcage. Weird but seems to work. Also belly breathing seems to work too – take a big breath and blow up your belly, then suck your belly in on the exhale. A couple rounds of that (while running) works most of the time for me

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I LOVE your necklace and wouldn’t take it off either.

I don’t get stitches unless I eat too soon before a run or I eat something “wrong” (broccoli or other gaseous veggie) before a run.

I run 6 days a week but I keep my daily runs at a moderate distance and only do one double-digit run a week.

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3-4 days of running a week feels good right now. totally back you on second breakfast.

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I didn’t read all of the other comments, so I’m sure someone already mentioned this for stitches:

Exhale when the foot OPPOSITE the side from your stitch hits the ground. It’s helpful for me to inhale-2-3-4 (through your nose) and then exhale-2-3-4 (through your mouth). It takes a lot of thinking and coordination, but it makes the time go by faster!

I also avoid eating anything for 2 hours beforehand and drinking anything for about 45 minutes beforehand. I haven’t had a stitch in years now :)

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Yes! I do the exhale/opposite foot too – it usually takes care of them pretty quickly! Plus, I think focusing on such specific breathing just distracts your brain from them.

Also described here, “Slow down and exhale to release the stitch”

http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/four-ways-stop-dreaded-side-stitch

It works!!

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I used to get side stitches all the time! Then my ex boyfriend told me that his hs football coach said that they happen when we don’t inhale/exhale fully. I breathe in as deep and I can, and exhale as deeply as I can. That has 100% resolved my issue with side stitches!

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Calm breathing seems to help preventing side stitches with me. I run 4 times a week and love it.

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I run 4 x per week and am always struggling to find great wireless earphones. Any suggestions…I am completely over earbuds and looking for suggestions on over the ear wireless…

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I think someone has probably already posted it by now, but the psoas tends to be the most common culprit. I recommend warrior poses to help stretch it out, but the most effective is having someone dig into the muscle it self (super comfortable) and then do active release by extending the leg out. Fun stuff.

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Hi! First time reader and commenter. I have 3 kids, the youngest is 18 months, and I am back at the weight loss game. I dropped 50 lbs in 5 months before conceiving my oldest by running and walking like crazy as well as counting calories. Well over the last 4 1/2 years I let it all go and am now trying to get it back. Tonight I ran for the first time all those years and am so excited to find my running legs again. Thanks for your blog!!!

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The best part of my Wednesday was watching my sons soccer practice and realizing how blessed I am to be a stay at home mom and be there for homework and all the after school craziness and make them all a healthy meal.
I went out for a 4 miler run tonight but got cramps the other kind and stopped at 2 miles. I get so tired too during my monthly.

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I use this technique:
http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/running-air-breathing-technique
Ever since I started using the 3:2 method I’ve not had one side stitch! It’s been 3 years and counting.

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I have a breathing technique for running out cramps which actually works GREAT! One of my friends who’s a competitive runner (she’s a national-level heptathlete, to be specific, haha), once gave me this technique that I always fall back on: one normal breath, followed by a bigger breath let out in a “whoosh”, followed by another normal breath, and so on. I don’t know if it’s all “science” behind the success of the technique, or if it just makes you focus on correct breathing, but it works for me!

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If I get a stitch on my right side, I try to breath out as my left foot hits the ground and vice versa if the stitch is on my left side. Obviously, lots of bananas, avocados, and water :)

I’m running 4-6 days a week right now, with at least 2 of those being twice a days due to helping with our x-country team. Oh boy, it makes getting up at 4:00am and running in 65 degree weather feel like heaven after having to run in 99 degree weather in the afternoons.

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I’ve definitely brought a wide Nalgene like you did to the gym before – water everywhere, haha!

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For the side stitches I found out that if I keep my head up and not look down at my feet so much that that helps me from getting them. I also read that if you try to exhale when you are left foot that helps too. I’ve never figured that one out yet but it seems to make sense because most people favor their right side when running and it can cause cramps. When I feel them coming on I try and do the 2 steps inhale, 3 exhale. It helps me mix up the feet I’m inhaling and exhaling on.

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Stitches are the reason I didn’t want/know I could be a runner until WAY after the torturous years of Jr High PE. I get stitches coming back from a running break, even when taking a break after a marathon(you’d think that being in great shape would prevent that!!). They usually subside after getting back into a decent routine. I just take my runs easier at the beginning. Breathing properly also helps: In the nose 2 breaths out the mouth 1 breath with my steps.

Hope this helps! Just don’t quit, it will get better!

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I’m at about 3-4 days of running right now with my longer runs usually being on Saturdays. I’m in the home stretch of Chicago Marathon training and am just now starting to feel plantar fasciitis flair up. When I wake up in the morning, I roll out my calf for a few minutes and then roll a tennis ball under my foot while I’m getting ready in the morning. Side note, in the picture of Brooke trying on the jewelry, I thought for a split second there were Christmas decorations behind her! I went into panic mode for a brief moment :-)

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I usually run 3-4 days per week (only one of them being a long run day), plus one or two barre classes, indoor volleyball one night, sand volleyball another night and ALWAYS one rest day.

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I find 4-5 days of running works great for me. I’m tapering right now so I’m down to 3-4 days and a lot less miles.

Stitches I usually try and slow down but still run through them.

The BEST part of my Wednesday is singing Old McDonald on the way to daycare drop-off this morning :)

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Umm, please tell me ASAP what Elmo’s apple ID is so we can also face time him! I didn’t realize he face-timed. I’m not even sure how it works, but I would love to know!!

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Do you eat before you run in the morning or just hop out of bed and go? I always think about running in the morning but I worry about running out of energy without fueling up.

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I used to get stitches all the time, and then I read an article in Runner’s World called “Running on Air” and it helped so much. It basically said to make your inhales last three strides and then exhale on the opposite foot each time. It takes some time to get the hang of it, but it has helped reduce my stitches tremendously.

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I find the only time I get stitches is if I don’t hydrate well 18-24 hours before the run (yes it took me many many many moons to track this down)…hydrate hydrate hydrate. Of course that’s just me…

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I haven’t gotten stitches in a really long time (knock on wood) but the main reasons I found for getting stitches is being dehydrated, especially when it is prolonged, and also when I get thrown off my breathing rhythm (aka hold my breath) I found the rhythm of 2 inhales and 1 exhale can keep me going forever!

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