I get cramps when I go running WTF?!?! Why?!

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    I normally just lift and run a about 2 times a week, for some strange reason I have enjoyed running more than anything else. I have never had cramps when I run. Now after my second mile the pain on my right side hurts so much I have to stop. I eat well and am well hydrated. Why the hell am I getting cramps. I eat at around noon everyday and run at 6pm.
    Sorry if this is a n00b question, but I have never had this problem before, thanks!
     
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    Yeah I tried that but I hate starting back up and the pain is excruciating. :(
     
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    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    Drink pickle juice before/during your run? :p

    It might not be a hydration issue but sodium/electrolytes, I dunno.
     
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    Intresting, I have cut down on salt, not completely because I love it. I'll try it out, thanks!
     
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    When I get sidestitches, only thing to do for me is walk them off. Usually happens when I increase mileage or amount per week, which it seems like you've done.

    Try watching your breathing, make sure you're taking deep breaths and not huffing too much.

    All this running talk lately..man I miss my old distance running days, I may have to really try and pick it up again.
     
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    maybe take some taurine or potassium before u go runnin?
     
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    i run through all my cramps. wrestling kind of forced me to do that
     
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    yeah I wrestled all through high school and a couple years after that but I'm not in the shape I used to be in.
    I can't make a quarter mile in the pain I am in. :(
    It's weird because I have never gotten cramps before. I guess I'm just getting old. :wtc:
     
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    make sure you run upright, ie not slouch at all... that helps me at least...

    i also take huge breaths when i feel any pain and stretch my upperbody real quick, that helps me hold it off...
     
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    aLwZjIttERy Per vicis adveho verum...

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    Well I agree with trying to hydrate with salts and electrolytes (Gatorade, not poweraid as Gatorade has scientific backing to it, poweraid dose't), but not too much as water is still the best thing to keep you hydrated. Make sure you are stretching properly before warm-up also. As you get older, your metabolism slows and your body's ability to get rid of lactic acid (this is what causes those cramps) is impaired. Also, make sure you cool down and stretch again. This may seem trivial, but you need to prepare your body for a workout and you need to help your body return to its resting state when you are finished with its workout. Hope this helps!
     
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