I am new at running and on week 2 day 1 of the C25K programme but I am struggling to breathe properly. I am a mouth breather by nature so find it very hard to try to breathe through my nose and wondering if anyone has got any tips for me as I am out of puff very quickly especially when I focus on my breathing.
over 3 years ago
Posted over 3 years ago
I'm another relative newbie, been running for about 3 months now and did my first 5K RfL last month. I'm now moving up towards 10K (7K last night - whoopee!). Therefore I'm no expert, but I use an old aerobics tip to concentrate on breathing out and hard rhythmically, and then the in-breath takes care of itself. I breathe out hard about every 4 steps and breathe in a bit more slowly. I'm not sure I worry about whether I'm breathing through my mouth or nose. I have also recently slowed down so I am running within my breathing capacity, which is allowing me to increase my distances.
Posted over 3 years ago in reply to Jo Bo
The answer is easy - breath through your mouth and not your nose!
If your muscles need oxygen it makes sense to get as much in as possible and not restrict the airflow.
Posted over 3 years ago in reply to Adam
Hello, definitly agree with Adam, you need to breath in through your mouth.
When i run i try and breath in almost to a rythm to say every 2 to 4 steps and even use it to keep my pace up.
Posted over 3 years ago in reply to monster2490
Agreed. Mouth in, mouth out if you need to. Running at the start can be aerobically challenging, but after a while if you are still getting puffed out, you are running way too fast in training. Make sure at least 50% of your runs are at slow/easy pace where you can hold a conversation, else overtraining/injuries might creep up on you.
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