56. Breathe right.

Running tip #56

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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

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and your sprint breathing should be half notes.  1(and) 3(and) = IIIIN  OOOUT

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Of course, there are a lot of theories on how to breathe right and you should find what works best for you.

Namaste!

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