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Running on Air

Post  nkrichards on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:52 pm

I finally had time to read the Running on Air article in the April issue of Runner's World. I played with the rhythmic breathing during my long run on Saturday. The rhythmic breathing went well but I struggled to remember to belly breath especially if I got distracted. I also tried to pay attention to my cadence...which is always way to slow. Unfortunately I concentrated so much on everything else I ran way to fast for the first couple miles and had to really slow down during the middle of the run but recovered and finished on pace.

Any comments or thoughts on this idea of exhaling on alternate footstrikes?

Side note...Max King who lives in the neighboring community and gives a lot of his time to the running community. He came out several months ago and put on a running form clinic concentrating on cadence. I complained that when I increased my cadence I increased my breathing rate to much...he laughed and said humans didn't need to match their breathing with their footstrike like animals do.
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Re: Running on Air

Post  cush on Sat May 04, 2013 12:58 am

I really only match my breathing with my foot strike when I am doing speed work.

It sounds like you were trying to concentrate ok too many things at once. Work on one thing at a time until it becomes natural.

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Re: Running on Air

Post  Diego on Sat May 04, 2013 9:07 pm

For easy running I exhale every 3rd or 4th left foot step(20-22/minute). For marathon down to tempo pace, it's every other left foot step(about 45/minute). It's just something that comes naturally for me and helps(counting them in my head) when I seem to struggle on longer tempo runs.

For anything faster than tempo, I don't pay attention.
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Re: Running on Air

Post  Mark B on Sat May 04, 2013 9:14 pm

I toyed with breathe in, 4 steps, breathe out 5 steps, which ensured that the rhythm would alternate between feet. It's harder to do on easy runs, when the breathing feels more natural and relaxed, but it's seems to help me focus when I'm running at a faster pace. I could imagine a 2-in, 3-out, at a faster pace. Too fast, though, and I think it'd be more like sobbing, discombobulated gasps for air. Wink
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