Training Tip: BREATHING

Breathing: For something that should be natural I have had many trainees ask for assistance and know that they are not breathing right. You want to learn to breathe through the nose rather than through the mouth. Breathing through the nose allows air to be filtered; it is generally deeper, making more oxygen available to working muscles; and it tends to have a calming effect. Breathing through the nose may help to lower heart rate as well. Practice different breathing patterns. Slower paced runs should be carried out at a 3-3 (breathe in for 3 steps then out for 3 steps; right, left right exhale, left, right, left, inhale) or a 4-4 rhythm. If 3-3 does not provide you with enough air on an easy run, then it’s not an easy run. Slow down to where 3-3 is comfortable.
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