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I am gradually increasing my distances and hoping to hit 10k this week.

However, I still can't breathe through my nose when running. Is this a problem or is it ok to breathe however is most comfortable for me.

Any advice welcomed

Jules xx

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I never breathe through my nose - As long as I breathe, I'm not bothered. Why is it important to breathe through your nose?

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I've seen the posts on here that say you only breathe through your mouth if you are really pushing your pace but I'm the opposite! !!

I can run along just lovely breathing through my mouth but if I'm pushing myself for a PB I have to start taking in really deep inhales through my nose.

I've tried only breathing through my nose but it just doesn't feel natural to me.

I read an article (think it was jo pavey) that said it wasn't worth worrying about so I'm trying not to ☺

I'll follow this post with interest ...

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It does seem to be up for debate but this morning I ran with a couple of other people, one of who is a seasoned runner and does all sorts of bonkers running.

Towards the end I was laughing as me and the other guy were breathing heavily and he wasn't even panting.

He said he always breathes through his nose cod it's better but I just can't.

As you say will be interesting to see what the seasoned runners amongst us have to say. Which of course you mY well be, no offence meant😃

Jules xx

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No offense taken. ☺

I'm clinging on to the fact I read on here that you are a beginner for the first 18 months! I'm not even half way through yet :)

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Phew, she says wiping her worried brow😀😀

Me either. I only started the programme at the beginning of June. Mere novice!!

Jules x

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I can jog breathing through my nose only but any significant increase in pace from that, even though it is still comfortable means that I need to breathe through my mouth.

We are all different, you don't have anything to worry about.

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Thank you Dunder. Hard enough trying to increase distance/speed without having to worry about changing my breathing style

Jules x

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For me it's similar to Dunder, but I only start breathing through my mouth when I get out of breath and am pushing myself, otherwise nose breathing is my natural thing. BUT....if you read up about it, you can find a lot of different and of course contradictory advice and when you ask people what they do, you will find just as much variation. So the important thing it to find out what works for you and allows you to beathe steadily and rythmically - I am pretty sure how you do it won't matter if you are comfortable with whatever comes naturally.

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" Is this a problem or is it ok to breathe however is most comfortable for me."

I think, of all things, breathing how it is comfortable to you is high on the list. If ever you find yourself doing anything that is uncomfortable to you, let alone breathing, because you have read someone say it should be so, and contrary to you own experience, it is time to take a step back and a deep natural breath, through whatever orifice seems natural to you, and blow the rest of it out of one you are unlikely to breathe through.

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Thanks Rig, knew you would have some words of wisdom.

Just wasn't sure if I needed to try and change technique to move forward.

Panting therefore is the way forward for me. I breathe easily through my mouth so will continue to do so

Jules xx

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I breath through my mouth... And sound like I'm going to die!!

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I'm a firm believer of the "whatever works for you". I tried concentrating on my breathing but it messed up everything else, eventually I worked out that actually I'd managed to live for quite a few years not worrying about breathing so why bother now.

Just go with whatever helps you get where you want to go.

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I can't breathe through my nose. I try every run to see if I can get better at it but after about 10 breaths I am gasping for air and have to revert to mouth breathing.

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Breathing through the nose - is just another method to achieve the ultimate goal - that is, to develop the ability to be able to sing aloud as we run!! Until we can do that, we can't really say that we have good cardio strength. :)

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Haha Bazza :D Me in my running kit is enough to scare the neighbours, without out adding singing into the equation. ;)

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I'm just happy to get enough oxygen in the my lungs to avoid falling over, Jules. Don't really care what route it uses to get there. I suppose nose breathing would filter out the midges but that wouldn't help if I'd already asphyxiated ;) xx

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I generally breathe through my mouth. In winter, when it's really cold I start off with a buff over my mouth so that my lungs don't get a shock at the start. Nose breathing warms the air a little before it hits your lungs - mouth breathing doesn't. At least that's what I've always understood.

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