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Interval Junkie --Nobby
Okay, this is kinda strange. When I run, my abdomen gets pretty tight -- not in an unnatural way. Every once in a while, for unrelated reasons like trying to breath water, I have to cough. When I do so, I get a sharp pain in my lower abdomen, left side, 4" below navel, 4" to the left. It feels like that muscle is weak. Maybe this is what a hernia feels like? I don't know.
This is the only time it happens. Only a hard cough. Only when I've been running for more than 8mi. Though, I haven't really tried to experiment with shorter distances or tried to encourage coughing.
I'm pretty sure if I had a coughing fit I'd end up rupturing something.
I plan to do more crunches and sit-ups.
Anyone heard of this kind of thing?
2014 Goals: sub-3 Marathon
Current Status 03/10: Tweaking the hell out in my Tobacco Road taper
Running causing coughing is fairly normal--I have that quite a bit depending on the weather. I had asthma as a kid. Cold and/or dry and/or high dust/pollen/smog days are triggers for me.
The sharp pain sounds like a stitch a.k.a. side stitch. Things like drinking too much water just before or during running, and coughing can trigger a stitch. There is some anecdotal evidence that poor posture while running can contribute as well.
Unfortunately there is not a whole lot you can do about a stitch except try to avoid the things that trigger them.
Needs more cowbell!
Erratic breathing can cause side-aches, too...so if you're coughing it makes sense that you could be triggering stitches that way. Or...are you running with others and talking? About the only time I get side aches is if I'm running with someone and we're doing a lot of chatting. My kid sometimes gets side aches when we run and I have to tell him to quit talking to make the stitch go away (he talks a blue streak. If he actually stopped talking while running there is NO way I could keep up with him. Kid has some freaky aerobic potential!).
Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"
• 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1
• 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
I get the same thing. After a hard run, I get the coughs and my lower abs will hurt with each cough. Sneezing hurts too. I don't think it's anything serious. After yesterday's half, I felt like I had smoked a pack of Marlboro Reds. Reverse crunches can help the abs maybe. And don't neglect hip flexor and groin stretches after running.
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