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Is it really important to breathe through the nose?

That's Week 5 run 3 under the belt and such a sense of satisfaction - now that it's over!

But I nearly lost it, when Laura said I should be breathing in through the nose - I concentrated on trying to do it and ended up out of breath, off balance with my confidence flagging.... What am I doing wrong and how do I put it right?

3 cheers for the nhs and everyone on this forum - I find your posts so inspiring and encouraging.

Run on, folks!

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Breathe through the nose when Running? No, no, no, no, no is my considered opinion ๐Ÿ˜€. The breathing thing and the heel strike info are the only bad bits of advice given on the podcast. In both cases just do as feels right for you. I think the majority of people are mouth breathers as it gets the oxygen in quicker. You will find as you go through the programme that your breathing settles into a pattern your body can work with just as it does in everyday life. Just keep breathing and going slowly and everything will fall into place.


Nope..just breathe anyway that works for you... main thing is, to keep breathing :) That is all takes...Just slow and steady and relax:)


It is important to breathe when running, or indeed when not. Beyond that, as long as you do enough of it, it doesn't matter at all.


If you read the guide the plan this issue is covered, along with many other topics.

Breathe so that you can fill your lungs, otherwise you can not supply the oxygen required.


As you will see when you run with others (eg Parks Run) the diversity of running styles and breathing is ridiculous, ran with one man who was breathing so heavy like a dragon ๐Ÿ‰ and then a little while later another man who didnโ€™t appear to be breathing at all! And peopleโ€™s feet going all over the place what the hell I sound and look like - well who cares. So basically do your thing ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜…

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I knew that simply asking the question would bring reassurance!

Many thanks to you all, especially IannodaTruffe, as you've prompted me to go back and read the plan a second time, and I've realized that it's worth re-reading it every week, as each time our pre-occupations have shifted!


Yes this advise as always , is reassuring and spot on.๐Ÿ‘

It is aimed at complete beginners and is appropriate for all abilities.

It has to be simple because there is enough for a runner to think about. Yes just do it, do not not focus on it at the beginning.

We at birth and due to our ancient genes arrive here as belly breathers whether through mouth or nose or both.I think even some debate about one nostril and that just sounds contrary to getting a full charge of extra oxygen that you require to run.๐Ÿค”

The respiratory system requires a huge amount of time to study and understand, not so breathing techniques, but practising them and adopting may do.๐Ÿค”

The most efficient transfer of oxygen to blood stream and muscles takes place in your diaphragm or abdomen, hence itโ€™s referred to abdominal breathing, diaphragmatic breathing and many other names taught in yoga.๐Ÿ‘

The medically known benefits are breath taking, pardon the pun, or quite mind blowing.Accelarated repair mechanisms as a non medically described example,and much more.๐Ÿค”

As you develop your running body and running brain and depending on your enjoyment and maybe running goals and ambitions , there are limitless bolt on bells and whistle choices if you do wish.๐ŸŒŸ

Sorry but I am just so passionate about this and I am starting my running life pretty far along a normal one.Keep an open mind, thatโ€™s good and certainly thatโ€™s my thinking.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

It is a journey of discovery also.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

As a detail, and thank you for posting this,๐Ÿ‘ I will check Lauraโ€™s podcasts ,I do not use them yet,

but in defence of the Goddess Laura I did check this completely misunderstood heel strike red herring, for me she said and gave identical advise given by MJ ,even on the same week. Week 2.1.

I felt so strongly that I wrote a post on that.๐Ÿค” and Pranayama, belly breathing.

I am a supporter of KIS and this is in no way to confuse anything, simply for future opportunities, for some.๐Ÿค”

And for Laura, Chwarae teg, which in Wales / Welsh stands for fair play, social justice and fairness.It has a huge resonance inside and outside ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘


Iโ€™ve never been able to breathe through my nose. Find a way that works for you and being relaxed makes a big difference too.


You may find that your breathing changes later in the programme. I certainly found this around W7 or 8 I think. I now tend to do some in breaths via the nose and some mouth.

I feel like when I'm relaxed enough to breathe in through the nose my body has just a little longer to suck up that precious oxygen before I'm expelling again.

Don't let it get to you though... just keep breathing!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

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I hope not! I don't and it didn't stop me from doing 10k โ˜บ


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