Breathe

After yesterday’s run, I decided not to repeat Week 4 after all. I don’t want to push myself too hard, but I do want to push myself to run further, so this morning I bit the bullet and moved on to Week 5.

It was a good run. I kept the pace slow and steady, which is something I seem to be getting much better at. When I first started, I found slow running kind of frustrating and, if I’m honest, a bit embarrassing. I want to run, not jog, but we all have to start somewhere, right?

Now, a few weeks on, I don’t really mind that I might look a bit silly shuffling along the seafront. The nice thing about living in Brighton and Hove is that you see a lot of runners around and they’re not all ploughing through the pavements at high speed.

We come in all shapes and sizes, running, jogging, walking and no one seems to be at all interested in what anyone else is doing or what they look like when they’re doing it.

However, I would like to run better. A bit faster, a longer stride, and a more even pace would be good. But where do I start?

I tend to find that the main problem I have with the longer running segments is that I start to get out of breath so I decided that, for the next week, I’m going to focus on my breathing.

There’s plenty of information and advice about how to control your breathing when running, but I found this video really helpful today.

I wouldn’t say that I’ve got it spot on, not by any stretch of the imagination, but focusing on this technique really helped me to get through those longer segments today.

Have you thought about your breathing when running? What techniques have you used to help get it under control? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

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23 responses to “Breathe”

  1. thunder2toned says :

    Me too but I figure the runners who are taking big strides had to start somewhere too and know that’s how you get started. Thanks for posting the video. I’m going to give it a try this week – no 3 for me!
    Well done on getting to week 5

  2. fruitykiwigirl says :

    Hello!

    Thanks for the follow! It’s great that you didn’t repeat the week and went onto 5- well done! I’m just about to do week 6 day 3 today which is jogging for 22 minutes and I put it off yesterday and definitely have to do it today. I think it’s all in my head- a kind of mental block but once I’m out there, it’s much better.

    I find for my breathing, the first 10 minutes into the run are always the most difficult, just as my body gets used to exercising again. Have you found that? My pace is ridiculously slow- jogging around regent’s park, I’m always getting overtaken!

    Anyway, well done, you’re doing really well!

    • theblogrunner says :

      Hi!

      I sometimes find the first part tough with breathing, but that’s usually when I set off too fast. I’m getting better at judging the pace now and tend to get more out of breath towards the end.

      Those mental blocks are a pain though. I thought three minutes would be tough, but it was ok; then I thought five minutes would kill me, but again it wasn’t too bad. I guess our bodies adapt more quickly than we expect them to.

      Like you, I’m definitely a slow coach, but I don’t mind. It still feels great being able to keep going.

      Thanks for dropping by and keep up the good work. 🙂

  3. Sam says :

    Well done!!! The only person you are competing with is yourself and you too have just raised your personal best. Hot and sweaty on the seafront,….the main thing is you are out there 🙂

  4. artisticsharon says :

    Thanks for including this video – I try to do rhythmic breathing but I never thought of timing with my stride. I’ve been trying to get in as big a breathe as I could thinking that would be better but I’ll definitely give this a try on my next run. Good for you moving on to week 5, I’ll be there next week for sure and maybe with this new breathing technique will help me feel more comfortable while running (or as I call my speed ‘a really fast walk’!).

    • theblogrunner says :

      Ha ha ha! I’m with you on the fast walk. 😀
      Hope the technique helps.

      • artisticsharon says :

        I gave this breathing technique a try on my run yesterday and, when I was able to do it, it did seem to make a difference. I found it a bit challenging to break my old breathing habit unless I actually counted (in my head) to keep time with my stride. I’ll keep incorporating this and eventually it will be my ‘new’ breathing habit! Thanks again.

      • theblogrunner says :

        I have to count it in my head too, but I’m hoping with practice it will become more natural. I think it might be helping me to keep my pace more even too, and that has definitely helped me get through this week so far. I’m glad it seems to be working for you too. 🙂

  5. Dave says :

    Now that I think about it, I’ve been jogging more than running. But like you said, you have to start somewhere! I’ll probably continue running like I am now through the end of C25K, and once I finish I’ll keep running the 5K distance and try to build up speed. That’s my plan anyway…

    I like that breathing technique. Will definitely try that out on Monday. I find I’ve been focusing more on my breathing the past few runs, so this will definitely help me out.

    • theblogrunner says :

      Hey Dave. I plan to do something similar once I’ve finished C25K – possibly going back to Week 1 with run/jog rather than jog/walk intervals, but I’m not sure yet.
      I hope the breathing technique helps. 🙂

      • artisticsharon says :

        This is a great idea…I hadn’t thought about doing it that way. My best time on a 5k was in the high 32 min range (yes, I did c25k about 3 years ago and actually ran a few 5k’s before letting my good habit fade away). I’d like to get below 30 mins for a 5k, I’ll definitely need to work on my speed to do that.

      • theblogrunner says :

        Getting anywhere close to 30 mins for 5K would be amazing for me, so it’s encouraging to know you got around 32 mins when you did it before. A great goal for after C25K, I reckon. 🙂

  6. Bar Science says :

    Very informative. Keep it coming!

  7. northwoodsmamma says :

    Glad to hear you were able to move on – and that you are pa ing yourself. Lord knows my zombie-jog isn’t a pretty sight, but I know whenever I’ve driven by someone jogging or running, I’ve personally never judged them. I’ve just judged myself for NOT jogging. I’m proud to be in their numbers. Thanks a bunch for the breathing video you shared. I think that will help me a lot.

    • theblogrunner says :

      I never used to take much notice of people jogging or running, but now I just think ‘good on you’ or ‘I want to be able to do that’! 🙂
      Hope the video is useful.

  8. northwoodsmamma says :

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  9. Amy @ The Deviated Runner says :

    Congrats on moving on to week 5! I’ve just started week 3, so it’s nice to see the progress of others and what I have to look forward to 🙂 Breathing is absolutely my hardest obstacle- I’m still working on getting a pattern down. Thanks for the video!

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