Breathing. You do it every single day, all day long, without having to think about it. But did you know that proper breathing makes a world of difference in your running performance? It seems so simple: inhale, exhale and then repeat. But what a lot of people, especially those new to running for sport, don’t know or even think about is the timing of it all. Aligning your stride and your breathing can significantly reduce your risk of injury and allow your body to perform at YOUR maximum peak level.
Budd Coates is an amazing runner, instructor and coach for competitive and non-competitive runners; Olympic hopefuls, and your weekend warriors. He is also the author of “Running On Air” This books is amazing for those looking to improve running performance. Budd describes how the sequencing of inhaling and exhaling along with footstrike can help improve performance and avoid injuries.
Simply put, you should sequence your breathing so that when you exhale, you alternate which foot hits the ground with each exhalation. So how does it work and why? Well, let’s get into an anatomy lesson and break this technique down.