I’m often asked how CrossFitters can actually (ahem) enjoy running.
“It sucks…” is the sentiment if not the direct words I pick up from many a Coach or member.
“Do you have any secrets for me?” is the next thing.
This used to stump me. But I finally figured something out that works, so today’s your lucky day.
But before I get to my favorite go-to exercise that will actually help you and your crew enjoy running let’s remember why running continues to be kicked to the CrossFit curb for many of us:
So if the vast majority of your running is done on rubbery quads and super stiff shoulders, you’re not going to associate this activity with feeling good.
But news flash! Running doesn’t have to be one suffering gasping breath after another trying to improve your 400 meter time.
You can run slow. For real. In fact it’ll make you a better, faster runner. And that’s where my favorite go-to run workout comes in.
It’s called the Nose Breathing Challenge.
Here’s the way it works. For one mile, your job is to run as slow or as fast as you want, but you’re only allowed to breathe through your nose.
Here’s what’s happening:
Watch this video for even more detail on solid breathing mechanics and how to nose breathe specifically.
We’ve all seen those training masks out there. It’s easy to forget that we have our own training mask right on our face.
And if running is still not your jam, you can use nose breathing to improve your breathing mechanics for just about everything: jump rope, rowing, cycling, even burpees – which circling back will actually help your running. So still a win.
So go forth and snot rocket. Just don’t do that inside. You may find a more mellow enjoyable side to fitness exists. And the wonders of running? It’ll suck just a little bit less.