Non-optimal breathing can show up in a number of ways. Below is a partial list of issues that are an indication of breathing dysfunction and can often be improved with respiration training.
Running is the sole scope of our work here. Obviously, there are many other breathing issues that we are not including at this point.
Possible breathing issues
- Training is not progressing as fast as you think it should be
- You have sudden onsets of fatigue when you run
- You put on a spurt only to find yourself sucking wind and giving it back
- You lose form late in the run
- You have inconsistent breathing patterns when you run
- You feel short of breath or experience “air hunger”
- Cough up mucus when you fully exhale?
- It hurts when you cough or breathe deeply
- You have trouble keeping your torso stable when running
- You have back pain
- You suffer from ”stitches”
- You don’t do interval training, because of the the workout pain and post workout soreness
- Running is more effortful than it should be
- You find yourself breathing harder than the effort warrents at the beginning of a run
- It takes longer to recover than you think it should
- You only feel good when you run
Over-breathing is a common breathing disfunction. The Nijmegen Questionnaire is commonly used as a diagnostic tool. A score of over 23 out of 64 suggests that you are over-breathing.