Stitches suck and they don’t limit themselves to kids running laps in gym class after guzzling too much Hi-C at lunch. Stitches can affect even the most fit or even elite runners among us. Stitches have been a problem for me periodically since I started running and if stitches bother you from time-to-time you know how annoying and painful they can be.
Now we’ve all seen the articles: “What You Can Do to Overcome Stitches,” “How to Keep Stitches Away,” “5 Tricks to Eliminate a Side Stitch!” We’ve all probably clicked on them too, only to find tactics we’ve already tried that never actually work:
- Stab your hand into the stitch.
- Breathe out when the foot on the opposite side of your body strikes the ground.
- Don’t drink or eat before a run.
- Buy this expensive ____.
- Bla bla bla.
But swear at your computer no more! Below, I reveal the truth about side stitches, based on recently released scientific articles. This is going to blow your mind.
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