Smoking before a Parkrun

Is it part of your warm up?

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04/12/2012 at 08:53

The only time I have looked at smokers admiringly was at the start of VLM I thought fair play that you can smoke and run a marathon.

I don't smoke but have to admit at about 14/15 all my friends did and I repeatedly tried because I was jealous of how sophisticated they looked. Fortunately for me I didn't like it and it made me feel bad so luckily I didn't get addicted from an early age.


Tommygun2    pirate
04/12/2012 at 09:03

Shirley Strong was the Athlete who was a heavy smoker, 400 Hurdles I seem to remember.

Anyhoo I think I'll try and give up after Christmas, then I might go from being  a mid pack runner to a mid pack runner.

 Ok I will be totally honest and yes I do have a smoke before a race but normally several hours before and I quite like a smoke an hour or so after I finish.

Its not good and I have tried on many occasions to give up, but the more righteous among you will say its easy and I lack the will power. Well maybe I do but that's my problem that I have to battle against. 

04/12/2012 at 09:06

As long as you don't smoke during the race I suppose it's no problem, each to his own

04/12/2012 at 12:28

ex-smoker myself who ran a sub 3 marathon and lit up straight afterwards. nearly 1 year clean now but with smokers contributing £12bn to HMRC each year, runner or not, puff away if it floats your boat...

04/12/2012 at 12:38
EKGO wrote (see)

As long as you don't smoke during the race I suppose it's no problem, each to his own

I saw a race review of the VLM this year from someone who decided that 14 miles was a good time for a smoke. If I remember correctly they finished the marathon being pretty much dragged over the finish line by two of their mates. Can't remember if it was on RW or elsewhere but it made me laugh.

Both my parents used to be 'social smokers' until their 30s but gave up after my grandmother died of emphysema. Its an awful protracted illness and a horrendous way to die.

I hate getting a face full of second hand smoke because someone has lit up outside the gym and is puffing away. If someone smokes near me before/during/after near me they can expect to have their fag knocked out of their hand. Accidentally of course  

I know how hard it is for a heavy smoker to give up (my grandma pretty much smoked right up until her last admission to hospital before she died even though she knew it was killing her) but I can't understand why people start smoking now that the health risks are so well publicised, its become quite anti-social and you actually have to go out of your way to smoke in public. And apart from that, its revolting - it smells and tastes vile. At least to me as a non-smoker it does, do people actually like the taste/smell or just put up with it?

seren nos    pirate
04/12/2012 at 12:41 I don't smoke but feel lucky that i never started smoking when i was young..........

Not sure i have the will power to give up if i was addicted.......

so whilst i hate smoking and agree with all the smoking banms in building etc and kids playgrounds and cars etc...............I try not to judge those who smoke

I can't even give up diet coke FFS............

04/12/2012 at 12:44

night rider

yes, even though with whats been said on here, i have witnessed this myself before and after at events

04/12/2012 at 12:47
Johnas wrote (see)

... smokers contributing £12bn to HMRC each year, runner or not, puff away if it floats your boat...

Smokers pay more in tax than they use in health care, and tend to die younger than non-smokers so taking less in pension.

If they all gave up (or it was made illegal) then all us non-smokers would doubtless be asked to make up the shortfall.  

I'm happy for smokers to carry on smoking (and paying loads of tax), as long as they don't breathe on me.

04/12/2012 at 12:51

Hey Smokers: i'm going to give you a few good tips:

Qhen you quit cigarettes you don't "give up" there is absolutly nothing to "give up" smokers are the ones who are giving up their freedom.

If you want to quit there is only one way to do it. willpower will get you nowhere, nicotine replacement products will only continue your addiction, Imagine if you adviced all the heroin smokers to inject instead!

Please google Allen Carr's Easyway

i have nothing to do with his organization, but i have escaped 2 packs for 30 years just 3 months ago, with no suffering whatsoever. a am doing 10k in 47 minutes now and i am very proud.

The Silent Assassin    pirate
04/12/2012 at 14:49

"willpower will get you nowwhere"

what a load of bollocks

I know a few people who have given up after reading Allen Carr's book, but I know a load more who have given up with nictotine patches etc.

2 years clear for me and that was willpower.


04/12/2012 at 14:50

giving up smoking is easy

04/12/2012 at 15:13


"willpower will get you nowwhere"

what a load of bollocks

I know a few people who have given up after reading Allen Carr's book, but I know a load more who have given up with nictotine patches etc.

2 years clear for me and that was willpower."

I'm really happy for you and the fact that you were able to quit on willpower alone shows what an exceptionel person you are.

But fact is that most people will fall back in the trap if they have no tools in their box.

seren nos    pirate
04/12/2012 at 16:14

which ever way you choose you still require willpower............the books and patches and everything else may help..but its the will power that does it.........

so to say willpower will get you nowhere is infact a crap statement......

lack of willpower might get you nowhere

04/12/2012 at 16:31

I kicked it last year without reading anybody's book.

04/12/2012 at 16:37

It might be easier to accept that people have different ways of overcoming an addiction.  My mate went from heavy smoker to non-smoker (one year and going strong) having been on an (intensive) Allen Carr course, and explained a few things to me about how it works.  I think I can understand where Ojisan is coming from because the impression I got was that for people who don't have great will power, it's still possible to give up using this method, as it gets you thinking about smoking and the reasons why you smoke, in a totally different way.  He hasn't spent the past year resisting urges to smoke; he has spent the past year not wanting to smoke.  Pretty big difference.

(To give you an idea about my mate and will power, his previous attempt at giving up was to try and read Allen Carr's book, but he didn't manage to get through it!)

04/12/2012 at 16:45

I gave up thirty years ago using just willpower, Ojisan.

It depends how much you want it.


05/12/2012 at 10:15
Trust me when i say that i am happy for all of you who have quit using pure willpower and patches, but statistics shows that only about 15% of patch users are smoke free after 6 months, and people who quits without counceling are very likely to start again. I am not here to start a flame war. My point is that anyone that quits smoking using only willpower WILL suffer enourmously and therefore is in great danger of falling back in the hole. My personal experience is no different. After many failed attempts, i managed to quit recently and never suffered for a second. I truly enjoyed the life as a non smoker from day one without any cravings whatsoever.
05/12/2012 at 11:47

those attempting to give up smoking aren't helped by people telling them constantly how difficult it is. it gives them an easy out if they fail.

giving up heroin is difficult. solving the Israel/Palestine conflict is difficult. giving up smoking isn't.

05/12/2012 at 12:02
Quitting is so easy wirh the right tools. Its a mystery whi i had to waste 30 years.
Ffs. this is futile. Just read allen carrs book. Im out
05/12/2012 at 12:04




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