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    What Causes Shortness of Breath When Running?
    Most runners dream of running fast with little effort, but shortness of breath can get in the way. While there are several reasons shortness of breath can occur, there are ways to get over them.


    Shortness of breath is usually nothing to be concerned about. Unless it is due to asthma, it will dissipate with more training.


    Shortness of breath while running can be caused by lack of conditioning, running at too fast a pace, or exercise-induced asthma.

    Lack of Conditioning

    Shortness of breath in a new or returning runner most likely is due to a simple lack of conditioning. Start out slowly and build up speed and distance.

    Exercise Induced Asthma

    If your shortness of breath is accompanied by mucous production and tightness in the chest, you may have exercise-induced asthma. There are many medications that can control this condition.

    Running at Too Fast of a Pace

    Even if you are a conditioned runner you may simply be attempting to run at too fast a pace. Run at a pace at which you could talk with another runner next to you.


    If your shortness of breath is extreme or painful, stop running and seek medical attention immediately. You could be suffering from a serious condition.

    Article Written By Tanya Wyr

    Tanya Wyr has 12 years experience as a professional writer and editor both in print and online. She has written for major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Mervyns. Wyr has also edited college-level textbooks. Wyr earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1991.

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