I took some time to research the issue a bit further. This page is for me to reference back to, to get myself back on track should the side pains resurface.
Some other ways to alleviate the pain of a side stitch include:
- Time your eating. Having food in your stomach during a workout may increase cramping by creating more force on the ligaments (avoid eating one to two hours before a workout)
- Stretching may prevent or relieve a cramp. Raise your right arm straight up and lean toward the left. Hold for 30 seconds, release, then stretch the other side.
- Slow down your pace until pain lessens.
- Breathe deep to stretch the diaphragm.
- Drink before exercise; dehydration can increase muscle cramps.
- Massage or press on the area with pain. Bend forward to stretch the diaphragm and ease the pain.
- * If you continue to experience pain, see your doctor.
In addition, most runners are “footed”. They begin and end a respiratory cycle on the same foot while running, usually in a stride to breathing ratio of 4:1 while jogging and 2:1 while running very fast. As the runner’s breathing then becomes synchronized with his/her stride, exhalation consistently occurs on the same leg. If one repeatedly exhales (causing the diaphragm to move up) when the right foot hits the ground (forcing the organs on the right side of the body to move down), a side stitch may develop.