I have been preparing for a 5K race in my town and lately I’ve been experiencing a pain on the side around my ribcage when I run. Is this dangerous and what is it? (Stephanie, Levittown)
I presume that you are in good health, so it sounds as though you are experiencing what is known as a “stitch.” This annoying pain usually occurs on the left side of the body above the pelvis and below the ribcage. It is simply a build-up of gas and pressure. Take a moment to rest, breathe deeply and continue. If you continue to run, slow down a bit for the pain to subside and then resume your pace.
I suggest that you keep a log of when you eat, what you eat, how much time you give yourself to properly digest your food before you exercise and if /when/where you experience pain. Please note that carbonated drinks could cause gas pains.
Although a stitch is uncomfortable, it is not dangerous. Keep on running the race.