Raise your hand if you breathe hard when you run.
I’ve always heard it’s best to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Honestly, that was easier said than done in the beginning for me.
Even now, it depends on what kind of pace I’m running as to what my breathing is like.
When I run at a slower pace, I have no problem breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth.
When I run at a more brisk pace, I notice that I switch to breathing out of both my nose and mouth at the same time.
I’ve read tips on matching your breathing to your cadence. Just thinking about that makes my brain hurt.
Here’s how I judge my breathing:
(1) If I’m going out on a long training run, I know I need to keep a pace that I’ll be able to talk comfortably at. I slow way down and make sure I can breath in through my nose and out through my mouth. If I can do those things, I know I can maintain my pace for a long time.
When I say I slow down, I mean I slow down. Oftentimes, that means I’m running anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes slower than usual.
(2) If I’m going out on a short run (let’s say three miles), I’ll start out at a slower pace. I’ll make sure my breathing is stable and I’m in a comfortable zone for about the first half mile to mile. Then, I’ll slowly start to increase my pace which causes my breathing to increase.
At the beginning of a run like this, I may be able to chat with my man with little difficulty, but by the end it will be quite a challenge to say more than one or two words at a time. I will most defintely be breathing out of both my nose and my mouth.
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