One of the most common problems that new runner’s face, is controlling their breathing. We can help! Run Fit Running Club’s Get Fit For 5k program is designed for those new to running. We work with new runner’s both in a group format as well as individually if necessary to solve problems that you may experience. One of the most common problems we see in novice runner’s is quick, rapid, shallow breathing. This is normal for new runner’s (and even with some experienced runners) and is something that can be corrected with some focused training and general improvement in health due to running.
When running, you want to concentrate on taking slow, full, and well controlled breaths. You may have heard of runner’s referring to belly breathing which is really controlled breathing using your diaphragm muscle to pull more oxygen in just to the point where you feel your belly starting to rise. Short, shallow breathing leads to an oxygen deficit, faster heartbeat, premature fatigue, and a general uncomfortable feeling. It is these types of feelings that often cause many new runners to quit and not enjoy running. With a little coaching and some work, these can be overcome and you really can get to a point where your enjoy running.
The following video provides a good overview of controlled breathing. It can help get you started. If you would like in person help as a new runner, we highly encourage you to join our Get Fit for 5k program and we can help introduce you to running while making it an enjoyable process. For more information, join our mailing list, and we will send you everything you need to know to get started at one of our upcoming club runs.