Are you someone who wants to become a faster, stronger and more durable runner, so that you can accomplish your fitness or running goals?
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Do you ever get out of breath when you run?
A common issue I hear from runners is about breathing.
“Why do I get so out of breath so quickly?”
“What should I be doing differently with my breathing?”
“How should I breathe so I don’t feel like I’m dying?”
These are great questions! The root cause of being out of breath depends on your fitness level and circumstances. But something I can say for sure is: Running Should Feel Good!
When you go out for a normal, everyday, easy run, you should be able to breathe easily, carry on a conversation with a friend, and breathe through your nose. Yes, only through your nose!
Here are a few tips on how to develop better breathing habits so that you can achieve that type of easy feeling:
- Slow Down. Your normal everyday easy pace is probably too fast. “Easy pace” should feel very easy — like “I’m not sure I’m getting anything out of this” easy.
- Take walk breaks. Every 2-4 minutes, stop and walk for 30 seconds to a minute. Walking isn’t quitting! It’s a training tool, and you can use it to catch your breath every few minutes.
- Breathe deeper, not faster. With each breath, fill your belly and chest like a balloon, hold it for a second, then let it out slowly. Your lungs intake oxygen best when they are full, not huffing and puffing.
- Breathe through your nose. Not a joke! This technique known as “nasal breathing” will force you to breathe deeper into your lungs, and has many other benefits such as warming and filtering air before it reaches your lungs.
In my 12-week Running Empowerment Program, I give step-by-step video instructions for how to improve your running form, reduce injury, and tell you which strengthening exercises you should be doing to avoid knee pain.
If you’re interested to learn more, set up a call with me below! I’d love to talk with you about your goals, challenges, and if the course is a good fit for you.