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6/29/13 12:07 P

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I try to get into a rhythm with my pace and breathing. Depending on how tired I am I'll breathe in for a certain number of steps and then out for the same number. This really helps me control my breathing when I'm feeling winded and helps me keep moving forward.

Sometimes when I feel like I'm really plodding I just count--I know that probably sounds weird, but it works for me. I usually do an 8-count, one count on each step (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 over and over again). For me it kind of works like an army march or something, but the important thing is that it helps keep me MOVING FORWARD and distracts me from things that might otherwise slow me down.

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10/17/11 9:52 P

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I really work on pacing and breathing. I pay attention and count how long i breathe in and out. Take slow deep breathe and purse lipped breathing. I had to figure out how to breathe and run after I developed asthma a year ago. I also try to breath out when my right foot is down. I know it is tough but it works.... I did alot of reading to get the techniques down that I use.

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6/28/11 2:43 P

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I push myself but listen toy body. Every day is different. See how it goes on your next run...may have just been an odd say. Music really helps me with my runs as it takes my mind off of breathing, etc.., emoticon

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6/28/11 12:12 P

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I don't know how much stock to put into things like biorhythms but it sounds like a perfectly normal, "off" run. It could be air quality (lots of pollen) the temperature, or just your normal cycle. I wouldn't be too concerned unless this keeps recurring each time you run.

From personal experience, the longer I do Couch to 5K the slower I get, actually. By the time I ran my first 5k, I was pretty much shuffling through my last mile (I think the golf cart paced me as I finished the hill to the finish line, lol). And I was huffing and puffing for a while after, too.

Hope that helps answer your question :)

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6/28/11 11:58 A

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Yesterday during my run I realized that, at a few moments during the running intervals, I was more walking with a bounce than running. My breathing at those times was pretty easy and I think that I was slowing down because of the achy-ness in my legs. However, when I tried to pick up the pace my breathing would become ragged. It's the first time I've noticed something like that. Could it just have been a bad run, or something else? Any advice?

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