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I did pretty well at running a race, a few years ago as a typical sedate developer, but training for 3 months. I was sick (i.e. flu-ey a lot, nothing uber serious) at the time too - I was running to help see if I can fitness my way out of it.

And I put a lot of it down to reading about breathing in for 2 steps then out for 3 (the total is an odd number so you change sides, so 3/4 is good too). Thanks for whoever wrote that blog post! The process really focuses me and it's like a drumbeat in my mind. If I sprint it changes to 1/1 or less though, and I stop using the nose!

I run daily, about 20-30 miles a week.

My "regular" breathing pattern (i.e. the one I use to run at medium-hard paces for long distances) is:

nose-in, mouth out: in, out-out, in-in, ooout.

1/4, 1/8, 1/8, 1/8, 1/8, 1/2.

I attenuate the BPM to my pace: on high intensity runs, I usually can get away with raising the BPM, but the last 1/2 is very hard and I sometimes break it into 1/4 out, 1/4 in (more oxygen). For sprinting, any pattern goes away, and it's 1/4 in, 1/4 out. Still nose to mouth, but I think the optimal solution here depends a lot on the shapes of your nose/mouth. :)

And most people think running is just putting one foot in front of the other! :)

To some extent it is of course, but these kinds of cadences are necessary to run effectively, which I guess is different from just running.

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