There are already a gazillion posts about breathing and the importance of it. Every long time runner knows it, but a reminder now and then is welcome.
I posted earlier this week I went running while reading a map and although it went well, I ran the exact same route the day after on memory and shaved +5 s per km off my time with only 1 avg heart beat higher.
All this because I could focus on my form and especially my breathing.
The first time I often found my heart rate way up when I was looking for the right street, turn or route so the overall graph was a lot more edgy than the second one. Once I focused on my breathing it flattened out again.
Some small pointers from my experience:
- Breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth
- Breathe with your belly rather than with your chest
- Try counting your steps and find a nice rhythm, my slow runs it’s 4 steps a breathing in, 4 steps breathing out.
- If you find yourself gasping, slow down for a second and focus focus focus
Does breathing properly comes naturally to you? Have anything to add?