Sticking it out through stitches.
As uncomfortable as they can be, you can usually run through a stitch, though right-side cramps can be more severe and may require you to stop. To alleviate a stitch mid-run, try raising your arms over your head and "breathing into" it deeply. Lower your arms as you forcefully exhale, and tighten your ab muscles. Or try bending over as you breathe in and exhale through pursed lips. Many runners have luck concentrating on other body parts until the stitch clears itself up. If you find the pain is particularly severe, pull off the road and with your knee raised on the stitch side, press your fingers into the painful area, massaging it.
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|Title Annotation:||Ways we Run|
|Publication:||Running & FitNews|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2004|
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