I know I've mentioned here before that I am training for a 5K, using the C25K method. However, I think the way I am using that method should be called: C25K in Just! One! Year!!! Good grief, I may be the slowest trainee in the world. (Third try's the charm, though...I'm over halfway through!)
Slow and steady wins the race. Yes?
I do have a question, though. I hear that runners (ahem, JOGGERS) should breathe in through the nose, and out through the mouth. Does that distinction really matter?
I have always been a mouth breather. Even as a young child, and with drool running down my chin. I'm sure you know what my parents and their friends must have though of this poor drooly chin girl, who also didn't speak much until her 2nd birthday. Let's just say...Yes, they actually had me "tested" to see if I was normal. (I am happy to say I passed with flying colors! Evidently, I just didn't have much to say in those days.)
When I was beginning my orthodontic care as an elementary age child, the orthodontist noticed my mouth breathing, and gave me exercises to practice breathing through my nose. I am proud to say he corrected much of the mouth breathing--except when I exercise.
Which brings me to the important question. When I am exercising, I never feel like I can get air into my lungs fast enough through my nose. I can physically do it--but I feel much more comfortable breathing in through my mouth.
Will this mouth-breathing affect me long-term, as a jogger? If so, could you please explain why?
(Was this WAY MORE information about my mouth and nose breathing than you ever wanted? Sorry about that.)