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How to breathe while running?
Aug 05, 2013 at 1:22 PM
I feel like I saw this question on here before (or that I asked a question similar to this) but I couldn't find it!

When I run, I find myself getting out of breath really quickly. Now I know this is, in part due to me being REALLY out of shape, and also in part CF. But I know my breathing technique isn't helping me at all. I breathe out of my nose a lot which doesn't help because my sinuses are pretty bad so it's kind of difficult to breathe through that while I'm running. And I feel like the breaths I'm taking are way too deep. Or something. I know my breathing technique needs to be better. Last year I had the same problem and then I found breathing techniques (again..pretty sure it was on here) and it helped significantly (along with doing my vest and then the acapella thrown in for extra airway clearance).

I don't need to love running...but with tennis season I kind of need to be able to at least tolerate it. And I feel like some better breathing techniques (or really anything that helps you..) would absolutely help me.
Last September/October I was able to run a mile in about 9 minutes and 30 seconds.
Right now (and last year at this time) I can't run a lap without being too tired. I know I'll get better with it as I start doing it everyday. But yeah..this starting turning into me rambling.
But anyway, what are some breathing techniques (or anything else) that could help me run easier (other than continuing to run everyday because that's already happening haha)
I did talk about this in a blog but it is by no means the final word on it! I think we all have to find what works for us and that takes time. If breathing through your nose doesn't bring enough oxygen to your muscles, you will definitely feel weak and tired so maybe mouth breathing is a better alternative right now? Also, you usually start loosing some cardio after two weeks without running so if it's been a while, it's normal to find it hard at first. You have to be patient and rebuild your running base one step at a time. It will take some time but you should get more comfortable with your breathing along the way. Make sure you don't try to do too much too fast so you don't get injured. If you have questions, you can send me a message. I'm not an Olympian but I've been running for over ten years (from the 5k to the marathon) so I and have learned a couple of tricks ;-)
Aug 07, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Have you tried interval training such as couch to 5k or some other program like that? You just may need to work on endurance and exercise your heart and lungs. I breathe in and out through my mouth while running especially when I am out of breath which may or may not be the best technique. This article might help you develop a pattern that works and is healthy for you.
Aug 07, 2013 at 5:27 AM
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