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Getting Rid of a Stitch is Simple As Exhaling on Your Left Foot

When the onset of those dreaded stitches appear on your next run, rectify them quickly by simply inhaling and exhaling upon each footstrike on your left foot.

The info comes courtesy of Dr. Tim Noakes, author of the book The Lore Of Running.

Change your gait such that you are beginning inhalation and exhalation as your left foot strikes the ground. Many runners begin and end their breathing cycle on the same foot, such that runners may be described as right-footed or left-footed with regards to breathing. Practising this altered gait may decrease the frequency that the liver, the heaviest abdominal organ, is displaced downwards while the diaphragm is in its highest position.



  • Eugene Kan
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