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Old 03-28-2007, 09:54 PM   #3
AnneWonders
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Fae, side stitches are pretty common and they can hurt like crazy, but if it is in your torso and hurting that bad, I'd really suggest getting checked out by your doctor just to make sure you don't have any serious problems. Running isn't healthy for you if it triggers a previously unknown heart condition! Once you pass that hurdle, I'd suggest taking it easier--the C25K program was too much for me to start with and I had to build up slower--in both running speed and duration.

Virgo, there are lots of theories about what causes cramping, overstressing muscles (building too fast), dehydration, electrolyte imbalances (sodium, potassium, calcium primarily), etc etc etc. I've had terrible spasms when I was building to my first half marathon, and also when I was pregnant, both obviously physically stressful times. If you are taking meds I'd ask your doctor about it.

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