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2254 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 5, 2010 1:29 PM by Beer and Cupcakes RSS
StanleighCO Pro 69 posts since
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Aug 29, 2010 11:15 AM

Mouth Breather

With all i have read, i still have a hard time NOT being a mouth breather when running. I've been to a pulmonologist and am on a CPAP machine and nasal rinses and sprays. I have seen an ears nose and throat doctor and there is just a minor deviation in my septum.

 

Today when i started my 4 mile training run i tried to do it entirely through the nose but was unsuccessful.I know from what i have heard that it is more difficult to mouth breath, but when running, it is unavoidable.

 

Back into running and training for Nov 6 half marathon.

 

Staney in Colorado





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  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,340 posts since
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    1. Aug 29, 2010 11:29 AM (in response to StanleighCO)
    Re: Mouth Breather

    So breathe through your mouth.  I would guess that most runners breathe through their mouths, partly if not completely.  I could never get enough air through my nose for running.  Proponents of breathing through the nose usually cite warming and filtering as advantages.  But if you can't get enough air, you can't run.  (I'm also wondering where you heard it is more difficult to breathe through your mouth.)

     

    Len





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  • SlogOn Legend 368 posts since
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    2. Aug 29, 2010 12:10 PM (in response to StanleighCO)
    Re: Mouth Breather

    Stanleigh - what have you read that leads you to choose nasal breathing? It doesn't make sense to me to wilfully restrict the amount of air I can get into my lungs by breathing through my nose alone. I'd rather harness every advantage my body offers. I've been watching IAAF meets this weekend & I've yet to see a runner NOT breatjing with their mouth as well.





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  • rbird Legend 1,073 posts since
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    3. Aug 29, 2010 12:15 PM (in response to StanleighCO)
    Re: Mouth Breather

    I read that advice somewhere too and its bunk.

     

    Take a look at the photogalleries at the bottom of this page, particularly the elite men, elite women, and finish line photos.  See how many you can find running with their mouths closed:

     

    http://www.boston.com/sports/marathon/

     

    Some of them look like they are trying to catch flies.

     

    Air is good and you can't get enough of it through your nose.





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  • huckie Pro 78 posts since
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    4. Aug 30, 2010 12:33 AM (in response to rbird)
    Re: Mouth Breather

    I know there is a breathing technique called buteyko that says you should only breathe through your nose and from the information I can find you shouldn't exercise to the point of needing to mouth breathe. I have tried buteyko breathing when running and it just isn't gonna work for me, I know the idea is that we shouldn't need that much oxygen but when you are running I think you do, especially if you are running hills.

    I do get frustrated as I nose breathe all the time except when running and when I am running I always feel like my nose is blocked and therefore restricting the airflow (I like to breathe through both my nose and mouth).





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  • neub Rookie 16 posts since
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    5. Aug 30, 2010 7:36 AM (in response to StanleighCO)
    Re: Mouth Breather

    There have been a lot of threads on here about proper breathing.  I still go with what I learned in middle school science.  Breathing is a function you do not have to think about, so don't.  I have found almost anytime I try to regulate my breathing I feel like I'm suffocating.  After almost 5 decades of breathing I think my body has it down very well, since I am still doing it.  The only time I try to control my breathing is after I'm finished with cardio (to get my heart rate down) or when doing activities that are not constant (like lifting weights or martial arts).  My point is let your body breathe the way it needs to breathe.  Your body knows what it needs.  If it needs sleep you will sleep, no matter what you do.  If it needs air it will get air (even if it has to make you sleep to get you to slow down).  If you need more air to your cells your heart rate will go up.  I think many people try to modify how their bodies work which in turn leads to more injuries.

  • JasonFitz1 Legend 572 posts since
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    6. Aug 30, 2010 9:00 AM (in response to StanleighCO)
    Re: Mouth Breather

    I think there was a thread about this a few months ago, but I'm still confused by this. Where does it say to breathe through your nose during running? I could NEVER do that, and when I trained in high school and college it was never advised. You simply can't get enough oxygen into your lungs.

     

    Any warming/filtering of the air through your nose is inconsequential if you're not getting enough. Besides, don't you think you breathe through your mouth sometimes when you sleep?

     

    - Jason "Proud to be a Mouth Breather" Fitz





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  • huckie Pro 78 posts since
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    7. Aug 30, 2010 4:56 PM (in response to JasonFitz1)
    Re: Mouth Breather

    Lol Jason this is why buteyko is a bit kooky they say to place tape over your mouth at night when learning the technique to prevent mouth breathing, personally I have never gone that far, nor would I ever!





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  • Beer and Cupcakes Legend 970 posts since
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    8. Sep 5, 2010 1:29 PM (in response to StanleighCO)
    Re: Mouth Breather

    Nonsense.  If you can breath through your nose youre not training hard enough.





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