Monday, February 21, 2011

Cadence Breathing

Sorry for all my posts! My dad and sister talked to me in the summertime about cadence breathing. I did not think much about it, but decided to try it today. In a previous post, I had complained about being slower than usual, but today on my run, with the cadence breathing, I came within seconds of my fall race pace. Here is some info, if you want to give it a try...

For some of the more disciplined runners, try a cadence per inhale & exhale. Cadences can be described as steps per inhale, followed by steps per exhale. Most elite distance runners do a 2-2 (2 steps per inhale and 2 steps per exhale) in the beginning of the race and finish on a 2-1 cadence (2 steps per inhale - 1 step per exhale). If you find that you’re getting cramps or light-headed with a 2-2 cadence, try a 3-3 cadence or vary the foot that you’re starting with. If that doesn’t work relax your pace to the point where your breathing is not labored.

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  1. When I train beginning runners, we work on breathing NON STOP. It can really hinder your progress!
    I've never been so methodical as Cadence breathing, but I am so trying it on my next run!

  2. Thanks for the info. I wonder if I could do this while listening to Lady Gaga?

  3. Bri--just breath to the beat :)