Cotswold Claire’s A-Z of Running -Todays letter is the letter B


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B is for breathing

When you first start to run it can be a shock when breathing becomes tough. It is important that you stay relaxed and take slow breathes in and out. The more relaxed your are the deeper you can breathe and the more oxygen you will take in to your lungs and out to your muscles that will be working hard and will need oxygen to work at their best. It can take time to learn to relax and you may need to think about your breathing when running which seems odd as we normally just breathe without thought. Breathing when you are running will become easier as your endurance builds up and your heart gets stronger, soon you will find you’re no longer thinking about it so much.

You can use breathing and breathing rhythms to help you with your pacing for easy runs, steady runs and as fast as you can go runs (tempo or race) this is not something I consciously do but it is something that I am aware a lot of runners do.

Some people say breathe in through the mouth and out through the nose, some people say breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. I say breathe, breathe in whatever way suits you best. Personally I breath in and out thorough my mouth, it’s the quickest way to get the most air in to my lungs and keeps me running and relaxed over the longer distances that I usually run.

So there you have my ‘B’

Happy running happy runners!!

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