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I ran a mainstay on our race calendar this past weekend–the 39th Annual Northwell Health Aspire 10k. I’ve only kind of, sort of just gotten back into the swing of things. And by the swing of things, I mean running once a week (yikes!)
But anyway, it’s just a 10k and I’ve ran a 10k on my Selden Hills course, so obviously this would be easier.
Well, it was easier in the sense that I wasn’t climbing 400+ feet of elevation, but I was trying to push a pace on flats when I wasn’t conditioned to do it (not easier!)
In the end, I was happy with my race (if that’s even what I was doing!) and learned some lessons along the way. The biggest lesson, or reminder really, was to just breathe!
Around mile 4 when I was just about done, I suddenly realized I wasn’t breathing. Not literally, but running-wise. I used to be so aware, but I suppose being out of shape and focusing on my form distracted me. Once I regained control of my breathing, I felt so much better.
So of course, here are my 5 tips to breathe effectively while running:
1. Find a rhythm
I went with ( and usually go with) inhale for two strides, exhale for two strides.
2. Relax your face
It doesn’t always make for great race pictures, but relaxing the face and jaw in turn will help you relax overall, sending all the oxygen where it’s needed most. Because of this I breathe in and out through my mouth.
3. Regroup every so often
Sometimes I’ll just take a break and take a deep inhale through my nose and slow controlled exhale through my mouth. It helps me to refocus.
4. Stay in control
No matter what your strategy, you have to be in control. Wheezing or gasping is not a recommended strategy!
5. Make it natural
When trying to to breathe correctly, you really shouldn’t have to try very hard. Let your body fall into a natural rhythm so it can absorb the oxygen it needs.
Notice how it didn’t even mention the fact that it was slightly cold and rainy? It’s because some people we know had to endure the Syracuse Half Marathon in conditions that don’t even come close to my damp day! Hope they were able to breathe through all the snow!
Do you actively focus on breathing while you run?
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