A couple of days ago I wrote about my first time running to the Stepping Stones podcast. In the blog I mentioned a new (to me) breathing technique that I was trying out, and how for the first time I completed a run without experiencing my ususal lung discomfort. It worked just as well for me today when I did my interval running using the C25K+ Speed podcast.
During the week 2 podcasts Laura's breathing tip is to breath in for 4 steps and out for 4 steps. That might work for some, but it sure didn't for me. I couldn't really settle on any particular pattern so I stopped worrying about it and decided to just make sure I was taking deep belly breaths and not panting. And if my lungs started hurting too much then I'd just slow down.
Then I found this recent (long) article (with a video demo) on runner's world, called Running on Air:
It talks about a 3:2 breathing pattern. Breath in for 3 steps, out for 2. That way you have balanced breathing - ending one exale on the left foot, ending the next exhale on the other foot, etc. And for faster running there's the 2:1:1:1 balanced breathing pattern where you breath in for 2 steps, out for 1 step, in for 1 step, then out for 1 step, and repeat. The 2:1:1:1 pattern might sound complicated but it worked great for me when I was running tired during the last 5 minutes (at 160 BPM) of the Stepping Stones podcast.
As usual, this might work for some people but not others. If nothing else, though, it makes for interesting reading.