Phatferd wrote:Speaking of running, I just took up running and I was wondering if there are any breathing tricks or stretches I should know about?
Also, what is the best way to build endurance? I started about 2 months ago and I pretty much top out at 1.5 miles before I feel like I'm gonna hurl. I run about 3 times a week.
Get a breathing rhythm that you feel comfortable with and maybe synchronize it with each stride you take while running. Something like a breath every 2 strides would be good, or a breath every 2 seconds. Whatever you feel comfortable doing. Just try to keep the rhythm, because breathing isn't something you want to be focusing on when running. You want to get to a point where your neither taking a breath every second nor holding your breath for a period of time.
Endurance is all about building up lung capacity, which has a lot to do with breathing and mileage. In terms of mileage, here's what my 24-week schedule looks like at to get in 4:35-mile shape for track.
Weeks 1-3: 25 miles a week
Weeks 4-7: 30 miles a week
Weeks 8-12: 35 wiles a week
Weeks 13-18: 40 miles a week
Weeks 19-24: 35 miles a week
As you can see, a way you get in shape is to build upon each set of weeks. You'll improve by increasing your mileage gradually over time. Running's all about staying fit through a good breathing and mileage routine, getting your sleep, and drinking the H20.