7. Vary your workouts. Running the same 11. Mix it up. Change the time of day you
distance or course every day can soon normally run; run in a different direction;
lead to boredom. A little speed or run a new workout; or read a great
some hill repeats will put spring back new running book like Running start
BY JOHn STanTOn
into your stride. To Finish.
8. Run with a friend. You can motivate 12. Best yet, run past a hospital to remind
QUESTIOn: each other. yourself how fortunate you are to have
I took a break from running over the winter 9. Imagine yourself in a race leading the your good health. It’s a fragile gift you
and as I tried to get back into it this spring, pack that is 25 metres behind you. Push must look after.
I began getting a stitch in my right side, in just a little. 13. savour each run as it is special in its
the same place at the same time during 10. In a safe area, put on headphones and own way.
each run. I’ve found that if I stop and stretch listen to some music, a motivational John Stanton is the president and founder of
during this time, the stitch works itself out tape or a c
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but then it returns. I’ve tried breathing
differently, holding my arm above my head
when I feel it coming on, massaging the
area that hurts and nothing seems to be
working. Any suggestions?
You are doing some of the things that
will usually help alleviate what’s commonly
called “runner’s stitch.” The truth of the
matter is, sports medicine professionals
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deep in your diaphragm, versus high
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focus on staying as calm as possible.
And keep your breathing relaxed and
All of us have a tendency to start our
runs with too much intensity, rather than
gradually building up the intensity.
MOTIvaTIOnaL RUnnInG TIPS:
3. Plan and schedule your daily workouts.
4. Be flexible within your schedule. Just
commit to completing the workout.
5. Be creative when planning your
workouts. use normal down time (or
waiting time) to get in that run, stretch
session, or cross-training session.
6. Read, listen to or watch something
humourous. A good laugh gets rid of
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