TEXT A PT
Every time I go for a run I get a stitch halfway through. Why?
Deep breaths, now. Stitches are more common for people who take shallow ones. They’re just a spasm of your diaphragm.
OK, but what do I do about it?
Press two fingers upwards at the direct point of pain for 10 seconds. Breathe and keep pressing towards your ribs.
Stretch, too. Most stitches are on the right, so raise your right hand and lean to the left.
That’s better. Will it come back when I start jogging again?
It shouldn’t. Try breathing from your belly to take in more air.
Thanks, mate. What can I do before heading out in future?
Avoid high-fat foods pre-run; they take longer to digest, which can trigger stitches.
No eggs and avo, then?
Just follow this formula: