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I am new to the forum but not new to running, I am starting a run group at work in April, I've been running for 16 yrs. I remember starting out and having issues with the "breathing" technique, I'm here to say stop focusing on your breathing and focus on your running technique, I breathe through my mouth when I run, I keep my shoulders back and arms swinging at waist, doing this keeps lungs open, lots start out with arms high up and slouched over this binds your lungs and it feels like your struggling to breathe, relax and just breathe. Hope this helps

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I am new to the forum but not new to running, I am starting a run group at work in April, I've been running for 16 yrs. I remember starting out and having issues with the "breathing" technique, I'm here to say stop focusing on your breathing and focus on your running technique, I breathe through my mouth when I run, I keep my shoulders back and arms swinging at waist, doing this keeps lungs open, lots start out with arms high up and slouched over this binds your lungs and it feels like your struggling to breathe, relax and just breathe. Hope this helps

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... for some reason I find it easier on the treadmill that outside part of me thinks it has a lot to do with how I'm breathing.. I've tried breathing in through my nose and out my mouth but it's not always successful! Any suggestions?!

It could be because when you run outside you are looking under your feet, your head is tilted and constrict your breathing.

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I have had a couple of exercise-induced asthma attacks over the years, but none since I started counting as I breathed, 4 in, 4 out. I force myself to fully inhale all the way to 4 counts and keep the ins and outs even, because the asthma attacks would cause my lungs to constrict and force out all my air, not allowing me to inhale. If my lungs are already full at 2 counts, then I hold it in for 2 more to get to 4 before exhaling over 4 counts. Over time this technique has noticeably increased my lung capacity and prevented asthma attacks that I had started to feel coming on. If I start to feel 4 counts is too long, I either slow my pace a touch, or drop to 3 in, 3 out for a bit to get on track again. But the key for me is keeping the time equal between breathing in & out. I shared this on a running board once and other ("real" runners, haha!) said that was exactly what they did as well, so that was encouraging to hear!

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Personally I think breathing 2 in and 1 out would be too fast for me. My friend, who runs half marathons, gave me the tip of 3 in and 2 out. I would use this technique when I was walking uphill and it definitely helped me get up the hill easier. Now that I started running, I don't count anymore, but I do try to slow down my breathing as I am running. You have to be more conscious of your breathing.

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Hi there! 
Thank you very much for the guide!
I've read it for about one week and follow for 3 runs. the first was the hardest when I didn't feel comfortable (probably because I was not ready).

On second run, I finally get used to it... And I felt better!!!

On the third run on Saturday, my breathing was easy then ever before.
Actually, I mixed your technique with my technique. I saw the result was awesome.

I gonna going for a new HM PR now!!!!

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Hi, I hope you can help me.

I usually run on my treadmill. When I decided to make it more seriously, I started with breathing excercises. Strangely, I only felt comfortable with a 3/6 breathing, then 3/5, but I can't manage to do a more normal pacing. I thought that was ok as long as I could still run, but this last exercise I began to gasp. I don't know if it was because I was running faster or because of my breathing. What should I do? 

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New to running. Just finished my week2 day 1. I have noticed that I tend to get wheezy when found my jogging section. It gets better as I go along. But really bad at that first jog. Doesn’t happen as bad when I run indoors. Suggestions?

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