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Aug 20, 2001 4:45 PM
hi when im running i get excrutating cramps under my ribs, i have to stop because of that im not even tired yet, how do i get them to go bye bye
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Aug 23, 2001 1:12 PM
I imagine your cramps are quite normal, particularly if you are just starting to run. I try to focus on my breathing by making sure I use as much as my diaphram as possible and maybe slow my pace a little till I get through them. I find a heart rate monitor is very helpful, particularly if you know your anarobic threshold (AT) so you can pace yourself accordingly. I generally stay at my AT (about 172 bpm) to determine my running pace. is a really good site which talks about running in detail. I just started training for tri's and haven't ran any major distances till recently. This site has helped me a lot. Running gets easier as your body adjusts (not as much cramping, sore knees/legs, etc.) to the demands of running. The important thing everyone says is to increase your distances slowly or you risk injurying yourself. I started doing just a mile, then increasing about 1/4 to 1/2 mile each week which is a little more than recommended but I'm fairly healthy from cycling and felt fine doing those distances. I've read that 10% increases are recommended. I think 10% would apply more for longer distances or if you weren't in good shape already. Hopefully this helps or you can find more what your looking for a RunnersWorld.Com.

One more piece of advice, sign up for Tri's early! I had two on my schedule, both were FULL 2-4 weeks before the start date. Good luck!