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After reading the article, I tried the breathing bit, not the step counts. My running has stayed the same for six years and nothing has improved it. The first thing I noticed was my speed picked up without me doing anything. Initially on the treadmill I set it at 10KPH and when I breathed this way I was out running the belt. I raised it to 12.5KPH eventually and found this fine. That, for me, is a massive improvement.
I then tried a 3K run on the road where I normally get in around 18 mins. These runs came in in 15:50, so again an improvemnt. Finally I don't feel the effects of the run afterwards and it is generally much easier.
Thank you for this tip, for me it worked perfectly.
Belly breathing still good. I also found an app on the Google Play android app site called fastTxtPro. It has a number of features but the one I like is "whenwillifinish". Used it in a race the other weekend and it txt's (optional) your time quarter, half and three-quarter distance to whoever you choose and also gives them an idea when you will finish. Great for friends and family who aren't running because it frees them up and gives them an idea when you will get in. Distances show in miles and KM. Worked OK in that race and I was in 1 minutes before it predicted. Its free as well so that is good.
I find diaphragmatic breathing very handy when I feel a stitch coming on. Sorts it out before it gets too bad.