Just Breathe

Runners run. Surprising, I know. No matter if you’re a run-once-a-week runner or a I-have-a-training-plan-and-I’ll-be-darned-if-I-don’t-stick-to-it runner, you are a runner. Do you love to run? Do you get out and run? Then check, you’re a runner.

Running isn’t just about running anymore though. In this data-centric, health-conscious age, it’s about nutrition and stride and gear too. It’s about the Friday night before the Saturday morning long run. It’s about the strength training you did on Tuesday and how that affects your run on Thursday.

One thing we forget to think about, though, is our breathing. I mean, that’s the easy part, right? We train our legs, our hearts, even our minds. But our lungs?

Turns out oxygen is pretty crucial to the body. Just as if you’re not fueling right, if you’re not breathing well, your run – and you! – are going to be in trouble.

Much like most of life, we cannot run without breathing. And, much like running, getting our breathing in line can help with most of life.

When troubles come your way, take a step back and breathe. It seems simple. It is. But it confirms something profound.

You are alive

And at the end of the day, no matter what that day looked like or what stresses are to come in the future, that is a very good thing.

Tips for improving breathing

  • Breathe.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Put your hands on your sides or your head to expand your ribcage and give your lungs space to contract. (I’m not recommending you run 12 miles this way, but if you’re feeling like you’re sucking air, give your body a chance to get some more). Make sure your posture is good for the same reason.
  • If you find yourself forgetting your breathing, establish a pattern. Two inhales, one long exhale. One to one. One long inhale at a 2-count and one exhale. Time your breath you’re your strides. Experiment with it. Have fun. Find out what your body likes.

And, if all else fails, go get an ice cream cone from Haagen-Dazs on Free Cone Day! Breathing and ice cream. I’m a girl of simple pleasures.

The actual Haagen-Dazs stores have flavors that grocery stores don't. This beauty is midnight cookies and cream - aka, cookies in cream in chocolate ice cream. It's the creation of a genius.
The actual Haagen-Dazs stores have flavors that grocery stores don’t. This beauty is midnight cookies and cream – aka, cookies in cream in chocolate ice cream. It’s the creation of a genius.

Here are some helpful links on breathing and running:

http://www.active.com/running/articles/breathing-tips-for-new-runners

http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/lung-power?page=single

 

 

 

 

 

 

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