running on airForm, shoes, too many miles. These are all popular issues to blame when it comes to running injuries. But your latest injury might have nothing to do with any of those.

The simple act of breathing could be what’s actually causing that ankle, knee, hip, or other impact injury.

When I heard this, it seemed about as likely as me beating Killian Jornet up a mountain. What does breathe have to do with my knee?

I first picked up a copy of Budd Coate’s book Running on Air while in Bethlehem, PA for the Runner’s World Half and Festival, and the connection between breathe and injury wasn’t so obvious.

Apparently it wasn’t immediately obvious to Budd either. It took him years of injuries and setbacks to even consider that his breathing habits were to blame.

That weekend I thumbed through the book, but it wasn’t until he sat down with our group of bloggers to talk about what he calls rhythmic breathing that it really started to come together.

So today I wanted let you have a similar experience, by bringing Budd on for an interview.

Over the past few months I’ve been implementing his techniques, and I can say first hand that they are forcing me to make changes in the best possible ways. Budd knows his stuff, and his stuff is unique.

How Breathing Can Help You Run Better

Many of you may know Budd Coates from his work as an author and running coach at Runner’s World Magazine, or maybe because he’s a 3-time Olympic Trials qualifier. The man has helped countless runners overcome injury and go on to run stronger than ever.

In this 30+ minute interview, Budd gives us the actionable tools we can start using today to improve our technique.

Here are some of the topics we discuss:

  • The philosophy behind rhythmic breathing, and how it prevents injuries
  • Why breathing habits are harder for some runners to pick up
  • Challenges trail runners face with rhythmic breathing
  • How to transition effectively and with ease
  • The gender differences runners face when focusing on breathe

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Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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