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Cramps
« on: January 13, 2011, 04:21:36 PM »
So, I really like to run but one thing that is always annoying me when I run are cramps in the stomach or wherever it can be... I never really found out why it happened...

One of my friend told me it was because I was drinking water but if you do not drink water... you get dehydrated and I'm sure a lot of people are drinking while running so I don't think it's the real problem.

whenever I went outside to run after eating something that was a bit less healthier I always had bad cramps, but with healthier food the cramps were lesser or less likely to happen.

My coach told me to run through it which I was able to but... Meh... Not a fun solution.

and If I did abdominal exercise prior to run, I Always had cramp.

SO I am searching for a possible cause and a solution to my problem since I actually liked to run and one day I'd like to try myself in a triathlon or semi-triathlon or whatever but with these cramps it would be impossible...

I don't know if it can help but my usual pace back then was about 10-12kph or 1km/5-6minutes. 
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Re: Cramps
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2011, 04:34:09 PM »
have you tried electrolyte drinks instead of H2O? 

I would try timing your eating so that you are not eating anything "complex" 45min prior to your run.  Then stick to gels/bars etc if you have more immediate caloric needs.

Now I am assuming that you are describing abdominal cramps as opposed to muscle cramps.

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Re: Cramps
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2011, 05:49:45 PM »
yes abdominal cramps, but I usually tried to go out and run about an hour or more after eating to prevent that, sometimes it worked some other it didn't really helped, and I always tried to avoid drinking during my runs because of that exactly...

I didn't do long enough runs to really feel the need to drink ( 3-5 km )
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Re: Cramps
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2011, 06:31:12 PM »
It seems like, across sports, abdominal cramps are really just indicative of my fitness being low. I seem to get them at the beginning of the season, and then they stop occurring. N=1 here, and I don't have any research to support my conclusion, but I'd say just keep training and they'll go away.
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Re: Cramps
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2011, 08:05:45 PM »
Might be possible too, I never seem to get them on the bike except when I go all out for a long while and I just go over some sort of limit.

Last year when I was actually running, it seemed to happen less often later in the season.
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2011, 03:25:47 AM »
The muscles that hold your organs and whatnot in place need to be strengthened too. After running for awhile they will be strong enough not to cause stitches in your side anymore. If you do get a side cramp, you can try running bending into the cramp and clench the cramping muscles to help relieve it. Or bend away and clench. Depends on the cramp. But that can be done when running, if only a bit akwardly.
 
Doing your ab work before running is probably tiring out your internal muscles and making you prone to cramp.  I would do the ab work after the run.
 
There may be other cramping involved due to nutritional issues (heavy food before a run isn't a good idea), but I would up the ab work, and not do it before running, and see if that helps.

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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2011, 08:27:25 PM »
It seems like, across sports, abdominal cramps are really just indicative of my fitness being low. I seem to get them at the beginning of the season, and then they stop occurring. N=1 here, and I don't have any research to support my conclusion, but I'd say just keep training and they'll go away.

I'd agree with this.

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Re: Cramps
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2011, 09:17:06 PM »
Additional reading.
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-side-pain.htm

(the internal muscles I referred to earlier would be the diaphragm. The article suggests working them out by adding fast runs into your training plan. A short interval of jarring all those organs shouldn't be too bad, but should help strengthen your diaphragm)

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Re: Cramps
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2011, 10:24:48 PM »
Update : I think I found out what my problem really is. I often run with my girlfriend and she can't run as fast as me so I follow her pace and I haven't got any side stitches or anything yet. I also am trying to run at least one hour after eating and I try to eat as healthy as possible. I'll try to add some core strengthening exercises too just to prevent that problem even more.
 
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Re: Cramps
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2011, 12:36:34 AM »
Update : I think I found out what my problem really is. I often run with my girlfriend and she can't run as fast as me so I follow her pace and I haven't got any side stitches or anything yet. I also am trying to run at least one hour after eating and I try to eat as healthy as possible. I'll try to add some core strengthening exercises too just to prevent that problem even more.

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