Victory Tips #6 – Get Breathing Fit

canstockphoto27801498Breathing is one of those topics that is least spoken about, yet most important. In fact right now I just gave myself one of those “you dummy” slaps on the head for not making this Victory Tip #1.

I think because breathing is such an automatic part of just being alive that we never stop to think about the effect the way we breathe has on our running performance and that it is actually something we need to train.

We automatically just assume that being out of breathe, wheezing with tight burning chest, means we are unfit or have asthma and just need to train more. There are countless articles on strength training, speed training, endurance training etc etc. but yet the most important ingredient in the mix for our muscles too keep going is …(drumroll)… Oxygen (and it is free!)

I still remember as a young 12 year old athlete, lying on my bed at night training my breathing, something that had a major impact on my running performance –
Follow these tips in my personal best 101 series and you too can become an oxygen monster!

Let me know how you get on

Coach Kathleen


About Coach Kathleen

Coaching since 2004, I have coached both young and old athletes from those achieving provincial and national medals in track, biathlon and cross country to runners running their first ever half marathon or marathon. I am a specialist in youth coaching and my coaching philosophy is to not only help each athlete achieve their best with their athletic talent but to guide each athlete in developing character and transforming their lives beyond the track. As an athlete I have competed at high levels across all the running disciplines, track, road, cross country and trail running as well as internationally in triathlon. I have a personal best of 2 hours 45 min for the marathon and have twice been part of the winning ladies team in the AfricanX trail race. Qualifications IAAF Athletics Lecturer Level 3 Distance Running Coach SAQ Fundamental Movement Certificate Personal Running Performances
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