My main goal throughout all of this was to maintain an under 5min per kilometre pace. I didn’t miss it by much and it is obviously something I will have to continue to work on, however, notice my average heart rate. It’s getting lower. Look at the snapshot below…
Before August 28th, I was running using mouth breathing. After that, I started to incorporate only nasal breathing. It was a bitch at first. Really hard, in fact, I struggled to breathe through my nose past one kilometre. I felt I needed more air. My chest hurt, and everything became more difficult but I kept at it.
And my heart rate began to lower. In those last three runs, where you can see my AVG HR, it gets lower. And the run was less of a struggle. It feels so counterintuitive but the numbers don’t lie. And it made me think about my water consumption. I know, where I live it was a relatively cool day, but still, I only drank one-quarter of a Gatorade sports bottle filled with water for a 17km run. That’s nothing. I’d normally drink almost two of those suckers. How much moisture do we lose from our open mouths when running? It must be a lot. I’m really digging this nasal breathing. I can’t wait until my form improves. I should be, in theory, to run forever at 4:30min per kilometre pace. Or could I even hope for a 4:00min per kilometre pace? Could I? I’m going to give it a shot.
Look at my new walk-around shoes!!!
Here are the resources I use. Check them out.
Resources on YouTube for health and fitness: Will Tennyson, Greg Doucette, Joni Shreve, More Plates More Dates, and Knees over toes guy.
Resources to check out on YouTube for running: Aravaipa Running, Confidence in Chaos, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella (for form), and Billy Yang for inspirational ultra videos.
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Also, please read Breath by James Nestor and The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown.