Nathan Freeburg

Nathan started running when he was 14. 20+ years later, he's still going. When he's not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking. He loves dark beer, dark chocolate, and dark coffee.Nathan currently lives in Portland, Oregon, but works in Minneapolis and runs wherever he is. Favorite Minnesota running route is anything that takes him along the Mississippi River. Race Results.Nathan's day job is a Consultant with Leadership Vision in Downtown Minneapolis.
  • Filip

    I started to breathe through my nose some 6-7 years ago and I’ve never looked back. John Douillard describes the proper technique in his Body, Mind, and Sport book (he calls it “Darth Vader breathing”). Technique is key, and people who think they can’t get enough air through the nose just don’t do it right. It took me about a week of suffering through my runs before I got it, but when I did it was as if my body suddenly remembered something it has long forgotten. The effect is a much slower breathing rhythm at the same level of effort. My breathing rhythm is typically 4:4 or 6:6 depending on the pace. Perceived exhaustion is also significantly reduced — runs acquire a distinctive meditative quality. It’s a whole different aesthetic of running. I’ve been running for about 14 years now, not competitively, but I’ve run a number of marathons, etc.

    • frenat

      So interesting…where did you learn about nose breathing?

      Nathan

      • Filip

        I picked it up from “Body, Mind, and Sport” by John Douillard. If you’re not into Ayurveda (I’m not) you can ignore pretty much everything in this book except for the brilliant chapter 10 where he discusses nasal breathing. The entire chapter, by the way, is accessible online, on Amazon, via their “Look inside” functionality. If you do end up experimenting with this technique, keep in mind that it’s likely going to feel very uncomfortable and unnatural for the first week or so. If you do stick with it, though, it does become second-nature. Proper breathing technique is very similar (if not identical) to what’s called ujjayi breathing in yoga. As far as I know nasal breathing is an element of chi running. Scott Jurek apparently also recommends nasal breathing in his “Eat & Run” — but he uses a hybrid technique with breathing in through the nose and breathing out through the mouth.

        • frenat

          I’ll check it out! Thanks.

  • jerilea

    I swam for a number of years and always breathed in the mouth and out the nose. I think it would be interesting to focus more on breathing, even when I don’t have a side cramp.