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Why do runners get a second wind?

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When someone has run a lot, people say they get a second wind. Is the second wind something physical?
Barbara, Queen’s Park

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Name: Debbie, Tunbridge Wells
Qualification: Biology teacher told me 30 years ago
Answer: When you get out of breath while exercising, you’re not taking enough oxygen to your muscles, creating an oxygen debt. The muscles then create a toxin, which makes them cramp or hurt. When you stop exercising, you breath deeply, bringing more oxygen into your blood supply and removing the toxins.

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