Monday, September 22, 2008


Does anyone know what causes side aches while jogging? I was fine for the first 15 minutes, then I took a deep breath, and BAM! it hurt like hell!
P.S. I ate a small piece of wheat toast about an hour before I ran and drank a glass of water with it. Could this have caused it?


Lisa K said...

They're called side stitches and they hurt REALLY bad. The two things that help relieve that is proper breathing while running and also making sure you have good shoes. Whenever I start to get them, I know it's time to retire my running shoes and get new ones!

sarah marie p said...

Dangit, I always get those horrible side aches! I just figured it was because I'm out of shape!

Steph Corwin said...

yeah I try to make sure I breath correctly while I'm running and usually that helps prevent them. Some people belly breathe while they run to help prevent them, but I just try to maintain a good breathing rhythm.

Robin said...

Eat more bananas. I like to eat a banana an hour or two before a run. Or, you can take potassium supplements.

Sounds kind of goofy, I know. really works. That remedy comes from my younger brother (he plays college football and suffers from pretty bad side stitches.) Bananas/potassium work wonders for helping with muscle cramps. Not sure if a side stitch is really a muscle cramp or not, or why eating bananas helps...but give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised?

Keep up the good work!