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How to Breathe during a Run

Learn how to breathe correctly during a run from competitive runners Doug Oldiges and Stephanie Coburn in this Howcast video.


While you're running, try to pay attention to how you're breathing. Try to keep it a controlled, relaxed breathing when you're first getting started. If you're running with a partner, see if you can hold maybe about a full sentence's worth of words. If you find that your breathing is a little labored and maybe you can only get out about two or three words, you should probably slow it down a little bit. It's what we call conversational pace.

If you're able to hold a conversation, it's a good place to start. It's a good place to challenge yourself. But when you start to speed up and maybe do a little bit of the speed work, pick up the pace a little bit, that's when it's okay to have your breathing be a little bit labored. Let your body do what it wants to do while you're running. Don't try to control it too much. But also pay attention to how you're breathing, so that you know where you are and what pace you should be running, to have it be a more comfortable and enjoyable running experience.

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