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Question Posted Wednesday June 7 2006, 5:21 pm

when i run i lose my breath so easily! i'm in good shape and run a lot but after 7 yards of running, i feel like i'm going to pass out! is it normal to have to stop running for a second and catch your breath?! when i was running a mile, i had to stop to catch my breath about 8 times. is it normal to have to stop? and what can i do to stop this so i can run long distances without stopping?

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LoveNJstyle answered Wednesday June 7 2006, 10:43 pm:
I think you were trying to go too fast too soon. you kinda have to work up to it. just run at a medium pace and try taking a breath in every 2 steps in through your mouth, out through your nose. it's hard to get used to it and the first couple times you'll really want some more air but it does get easier. when you run long distances, you don't go fast. you have to pace yourself. the best runner in my state goes pretty slow at practice so don't try to sprint the mile. don't give up! <3

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xoMarisox answered Wednesday June 7 2006, 8:00 pm:
Yes it is normal to stop a few times. Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. That helps you and also, pace yourself don't start off sprinting unless you have to. Well, I hope that helped!

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4everMyself2 answered Wednesday June 7 2006, 7:35 pm:
Its normal to stop a few times while running the mile. But I don't think stopping 8 times is normal. I normally stop a maximum 2-3 times. You should run more. You can make it a part of your daily routine or do it every other day. The more you run, the more you will get used to it and the less you will have to stop.

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Sapphire_Lily answered Wednesday June 7 2006, 7:29 pm:
Everyone needs to stop from time to time. However if you are in good shape and you do need to stop often, you may have asthma. This was the case for me before I got my inhalers. You should go to the doctors and get it checked out just in case. It wont hurt you if you dont, but if it is asthma then the inhalers will stop this and enable you to run longer distances.

Good luck

Sapphire Lily xxx

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advicequeen answered Wednesday June 7 2006, 7:15 pm:
Just take a few breaks to start with. Like, whenever you need just start walking, and when you feel re-energized run again. And it is DEFINITELY normal to have to stop. What you can do to be able to run long distances without stopping is to practice. Time yourself to see how long you can go without having to stop, and push yourself but pace yourself as well. If you keep doing this everyday for a few weeks, you'll see the numbers go up as you'll be able to hold out/run longer without having to stop. Good luck! And if you need anything else drop one in my inbox.

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xxsima answered Wednesday June 7 2006, 6:10 pm:
That's how I feel sometimes.

When you're running, stop, take 10 steps, and start again. Just don't take like 20 because you'll feel like you'll wanna give up.

Good luck!

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