Breathing Question

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08/07/2003 at 11:38
Whilst idling away a couple of hours at the airport on Friday I was reading an article in the current RW regarding breathing through your nose and how this is the recommended most effective way to breath whilst running, well I tried it on my runs over the weekend and could not get on with this, I am very comfortable breathing through my mouth however if I am wishing to improve should I change my technique ?.
08/07/2003 at 11:54
As a wise man once said "breathe through your ears if necessary" :)
08/07/2003 at 11:58

Not much use if I run with headphones.

But thanks.
08/07/2003 at 12:00
Seriously though, in through the nose out through the mouth is what I have always read and been told.
08/07/2003 at 12:04
I find that I can't get enough air in through my nose alone when I'm on anything but an easy run.
08/07/2003 at 12:05
Fat face, could blubber be obstructing your nose? :)

I find that if I have to switch to in-mouth, out-mouth I have much less chance of maintaining that pace.
08/07/2003 at 12:08

I think I could maybe adjust to that technique but I just feel I can get a good lung full of air through my mouth, some may say its because I have a big mouth and there is an element of truth in that, but why would it make a diference ? air is air.
08/07/2003 at 12:11
Why would it make a difference? IMHO breathing in and out thru the same office increases the chances of hyper-ventilation at fast paces. In-mouth, out-nose is a bugger imho so I reckon that in-nose, out mouth has to be the best :)

Am I wrong?
08/07/2003 at 12:25
Mouth only for me - always get a streaming snotty nose when running.
08/07/2003 at 12:28
in nose, out mouth

also apparently (according to a biologist friend of mine, for what that's worth) if you are running through the bitter winter months breathing in through the nose pre-warms the air and helps prevent lung damage
08/07/2003 at 13:32
Nose tends to be clogged with winter snot or summer pollen and certainly in no state to breathe through at any pace other than (occasionally) complete rest.

Maybe that's why I have such a problem with swallowing flies on a run.

08/07/2003 at 21:46
I have no idea how anyone can enough air in through their nose while running!

Just read today that Lance Armstrong, while working hard on a climb, breathes in through his mouth AND nose! Try that!

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