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How do you breathe when you run?

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LetLoveRule Mon 15-Aug-11 22:19:03

Sounds daft, I am sure, but it is bothering me. I am overweight but reasonably fit (can run 10k in <60mins), but I really huff and puff when I run. I have to breathe in and out through my mouth. If I close my mouth I feel like I can't breathe! It doesn't bother me too much when I am running on my own, although I do get funny looks when I meet someone coming the other way. A neighbour has asked if I would like to run with her sometimes - I would but I am too embarrassed about my noisy huffing and puffing! Is there anything I can do to improve my technique?

Ivortheengine8 Mon 15-Aug-11 22:21:16

I thought you were supposed to breath in through your nose and out through your mouth?
Well done for doing it though, don't worry what others are thinking.

mousymouse Mon 15-Aug-11 22:35:22

I breethe through my mouth or I feel that I don't get enough oxygen in.
to start with I breathe 4 steps out then 2 steps in, when I'm in 'the zone' I stop paying attention to my breathing.
I huff and puff as well as getting very red in my face after a few meters. in winter I also wheeze the first k or so due to asthma...
maybe we should run together smile

LetLoveRule Mon 15-Aug-11 22:38:12

Oh thanks for the reassurance. Yes, maybe I should just ignore it. When I've got my ipod on I can't hear myself anyway smile

Goldberry Sun 28-Aug-11 22:40:33

I'm a noisy mouth-breather when I run too, and I go red as a beetroot! I'm way noisier than anyone at my running group, but I don't worry about it too much. I do find that running 'tall' - i.e. chest up and a bit forward (but with relaxed shoulders) helps me breathe more deeply, but in a less gaspy way, iyswim!

miniwedge Sun 28-Aug-11 22:58:34

Put the tip of your Tongue behind the bottom two front teeth. Stops the gaspy breathing thing.

nocake Mon 29-Aug-11 16:45:21

In and out works for me grin

Don't think too hard about it. Just do whatever you need to get enough air in. I breathe fairly easily on long slow runs but in a 5k you can hear me panting and gasping from miles away.

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