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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > January 2019 > BREATH AFTER BREATH



Patrick McKeown is in demand.

The bestselling author and instructor, who’s influenced Olympic athletes and NFL players on re-educating the body’s respiratory system, has a flight to catch; and a conference in Prague to attend; and a presentation to give; and then a training session back in London to return for. It’s enough to make anyone breathless…but he isn’t.

When McKeown unravels the science behind his ‘Oxygen Advantage’ breathing technique - exclusively to Men’s Running from a bustling Dublin airport - it soon becomes clear as he calmly explains his methods that he must practice what he preaches.

“This technique brings the mountain to you,” he reveals. “It teaches you how to simulate high-altitude training, increase the oxygen carrying capacity in your bloodstream and so allow your red blood cells to fuel new capabilities.” By following this training programme he insists a runner can sustain sharper psychological focus during exercise and become less conscious of the act of breathing. “Reduce your breathing, learn to properly regulate the amount of air you take in and you’ll teach your body to breathe more efficiently – revolutionising your fitness, endurance and performance,” he adds. The claims are enough to take your breath away – which, in theory, is kind of what you have to do.

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Search the Internet and there are a million and one quotes about running. But none ring truer than the great Juma Ikangaa, winner of the 1989 New York Marathon, who said: “ e will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” As runners, we know the importance of training. And yet very few of us ever get it right. Too much here, too little there, not quick enough, not slow enough, not enough hills, too many hills – the list is endless. And confusing. At Men’s Running, we’ve always focused on bringing you great training advice from people who really know what they’re talking about. Whether it’s preparing for a marathon, sharpening up over 5K or adding variety in to your programme, we’ve brought you the best advice from some of the best coaches. So we thought what better way to celebrate than creating this unique training special, packed full of hints, tips, advice and motivation to take your running to the next level – whatever that might be. We hope there’s something here for everybody. And remember, fail to prepare, prepare to fail. We’re not quite sure who said that, but somehow it seems like good advice!