I have been an avid walker for several years now and really want to get into running. The problem is controlling my breathing. It seems like I get winded too fast . I try to run until I get short of breath and then I drop back to walking but I can't seem to catch my breath enough to start up running again. Any suggestions?
Are you running too fast during your running interval? You can also try taking your walking interval before you are completely out of breath. This will hopefully allow you to recover enough for more running intervals. Don't try to do too much too soon. Over time your cardiovascular system will adapt and you'll be able to run more and walk less as you improve (assuming you're not suffering from asthmatic conditions.)
I agree with Terry, you're running too fast. Your breathing should elevate but reach a comfortable steady state. This keeps you in your aerobic zone. By running as fast as you are, you're creating an oxygen debt, running in your anaerobic zone. This is too fast for general running training and beginning running.
that is exactly what I was going to say . I run alone and I am pretty sure that people that see me running probably think I am crazy becasue I always talk to my self or I keep repeating made up rimes but this helps me to keeps my proper pace for running and breathing.
In addition to what everyone else has said about pace... I have found I do better if I run without headphones. Hearing myself breath and maintaining a breath for every two steps keeps me breathing evenly. I'm sure everyone is very different in terms of this but that is what works well for me.
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