Many a jogger has never made the leap to being a runner for want of breath. It’s horrible, the feeling that you’re lungs are about to collapse even at a moderate pace, much less the six to seven minute mile you dream of. But what you’re experiencing is nothing short of miraculous, for you, dear runner, are feeling your body fight back. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that sometimes the body doesn’t know what’s good for it.
Why can’t I seem to go slow enough?
Perhaps the problem isn’t pace but duration. Beginning runners sometimes feel that the duration is more important than the pace, but for the purposes of building endurance, it matters little how long you make it when you are trying to build up your wind. Yes, you need to build up your time, but remember, even a few minutes at first can build into a great workout when spread out and the heart doesn’t care whether or not it’s pumping hard in bursts or consecutively.
Cardio depends on your heart rate, and for things to work right, the body has to work together. You should know that it is okay to be out of breath. If you’ve been out of the exercise world for a while, your body isn’t used to transporting the needed oxygen, and your lungs may yet have the capacity to take it all in.
The rule of thumb is conversational ability: if you can talk in full sentences, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. Remember, it is okay to be out of breath.
Does your environment feel sticky? Humidity can play a major part in your inability to breathe. If it feels like your walking into a perpetual London Fog you need to know that your lungs have got an even bigger task ahead of them.
Time Off From Your Exercise Program
Within a few weeks the benefits of cardie fitness begin to dwindle down. Muscular fitness can hang on for significantly longer, but that’s not what makes a runner feel like he/she is getting the job done. You may have to start slow when heading back out, but remember with time comes endurance, and through endurance comes results.
How Long is this Going to Take?
Everybody is different, but within six weeks to three months you should start to see some major improvements, just remember, you’re body doesn’t like being uncomfortable, it’s the sole reason we get those feel good hormones when the running is done.
Making the decision to get out the front door is a big step, but continuing onward even when out of air is the toughest one of all. It will take time, but eventually your body will catch up to your will and you will be cruising along in no time.