Although the 'ailment' is not uncommon, I think this is always a tricky question.
First (please do not be offended) this happens more often with runners with less experience. Runners that I would say 'run with intent' have a more difficult time of it than those who run lightly ("purpose" does not equal "flow"). You mention 'breathing deeply' as one of the things you do that ought to prevent the stitches. I think this may be a problem.
There are many experts who contribute to this bulletin board with a lot more knowledge and experience than I can provide, but still, allow me the impertinence of a 'learned' opinion here.
Do not breath deeply. Your body knows how to inhale, how much to inhale, and so on. Concentrate on exhaling (say, every three step you exhale, let it go, don't worry about inhaling, one-two-three, exhale, and so on - first thing you know, you won't even be thinking about it, it'll be automatic... and efficient).
Swimmers do it : they blow bubbles in the water as hard as possible while the head is in the water, and when they reach out for air, just the right amount is inhaled - and never kept long...
Also, you mention that your running inside on treadmills is less problematic... you're probably just looser there than you are outside... where you feel you need to run with 'intent'. Don't be a runner; just run.
By the way I am terribly saddened by George Harrison's death.
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