This awful, sharp pain in my side struck and nearly stopped me in my tracks completely. As I slowed to a walk, I wondered if I was going to die (pre-teen girls are always so melodramatic). I had my first side stitch.
Jenny Hadfield of the Coach Jenny column in Runners World recently covered side stitches, and shared some tips on how to stop them:
- Eat mindfully pre-run
- Invest in a solid warmup
- Regulate your breathing
- Slow down and exhale to release the stitch
Read more of Coach Jenny's side stitch advice at Runners World.