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24 Oct 2006

Pain while jogging
Hi!

I've recently started jogging. After a few minute jogging, I get a sharp pain on the side of my upper chest, I believe its a stitch. Its gets so bad that I have to stop jogging. At this rate I won't be jogging for long!

Please help!
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Ntombi

You may be pushing yourself too fast, perhaps. If it is a stitch, there are two possible causes. One is that you are eating too soon before your run? That's a guess, but if you have anything to eat or drink before you run, it can explain the stitch. The second, and more common explanation is that your breathing is too rapid and too shallow. This is caused by the running speed being greater than you can handle, which forces you to breathe much more quickly than you can handle, and you get a stitch. And the funny thing is that it happens so quickly - I know from my own running that if I don't warm up and ease into the run, I have a stitch almost in the first 100 m of the run. So my advice is that you should slow down, start off with 2 or 3 minutes of easy walking, then do a couple of minutes of slow jogging and then only start your session. If that helps, great. Otherwise, jog for a minute, then walk a minute, just until you get stronger lungs and learn the breathing rhythm a bit better.

Good luck
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