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RUNNING TIPS the first 10 minutes causes the discomfort. same distance or course
Another thing to concentrate on is “belly every day can soon lead
breathing.” Concentrate on breathing deep to boredom. A little speed
in your diaphragm, versus high in your or some hill repeats will
QUESTION: chest. Pursing your lips as you breathe out put spring back into your
¦ I took a break from running over the also helps in fully exhaling and relaxing the stride.
winter and as I tried to get back into it this diaphragm. Try to really focus on staying as 6. Run with a friend. You can motivate
spring, I began getting a stitch in my right calm as possible. And keep your breathing each other.
side, in the same place at the same time relaxed and controlled. 7. Imagine yourself in a race leading the
during each run. I’ve found that if I stop All of us have a tendency to start our pack that is 25 metres behind you.
and stretch during this time, the stitch runs with too much intensity, rather than Push just a little.
works itself out but then it returns. I’ve gradually building up the intensity. 8. In a safe area, put on headphones and
tried breathing differently, holding my arm listen to some music, a motivational
above my head when I feel it coming on, MOTIVATIONAL RUNNING TIPS: tape or a comedy tape.
massaging the area that hurts and nothing 1. Plan and schedule your daily 9. Mix it up. Change the time of day
seems to be working. Any suggestions? workouts. you normally run; run in a different
2. Be flexible within your schedule. Just direction; run a new workout; or read
ANSWER: commit to completing the workout. a great new running book like Running
You are doing some of the things that 3. Be creative when planning your Start To Finish.
will usually help alleviate what’s commonly workouts. Use normal down time 10. Best yet, run past a hospital to remind
called “runner’s stitch.” The truth of the (or waiting time) to get in that run, yourself how fortunate you are to have
matter is, sports medicine professionals stretch session, or cross-training your good health. It’s a fragile gift you
do not agree about what causes this session. must look after.
discomfort. 4. Read, listen to or watch something 11. Savour each run as it is special in its
Here’s what I’ve learned while working humourous. A good laugh gets rid of own way.
with runners; start very slowly and gradually most stress. The thought of my good John Stanton is the president and founder of
build up the intensity of the run. Many friend Nick Lees running a marathon Running Room Canada Inc. with stores and clinics
runners have found that the sudden start in a tutu usually does the trick for me. throughout the Ottawa region.
of a run and their laboured breathing during 5. Vary your workouts. Running the
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