Running tip #56
This seems like an obvious tip because, from the first slap of life, babies know how to do it … but running tip #56 is learn to breathe.
For steady-state running, I have found the best breath pattern to be:
IN IN (though the nose) and OUT OUT (through the mouth)
When you start sprinting, the most efficient breath pattern is:
IN (though both nose and mouth) OUT (through mouth)
If you close your eyes and listen to the pattern like a musician, your steady state breathing should be quarter notes in 4/4 time. 1,2,3,4 = IN IN OUT OUT
and your sprint breathing should be half notes. 1(and) 3(and) = IIIIN OOOUT
Of course, there are a lot of theories on how to breathe right and you should find what works best for you.