Any smokers on here? What are your best times?

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02/06/2014 at 11:38

And how much of an improvement do you reckon packing up smoking would have? I do about 15/day as a guess, cutters choice roll ups.

5k/21:29, 10k/44:30, 10 miles 81:30, HM 1:52:30, Marathon 4:47

Training harder than I ever have done currently and hope to take at least an hour off my marathon time at Stevenage in November.

02/06/2014 at 12:24

If those are your times as a smoker you could do pretty well if you stopped.

But why not stop anyway? It's a flthy habit. 

Pudge    pirate
02/06/2014 at 12:28
Screamapillar wrote (see)

But why not stop anyway? It's a flthy habit. 

So is bad spelling 

Pudge    pirate
02/06/2014 at 12:28

Seriously though, those are half-decent times, so just think what you could do with a clean set of lungs.

02/06/2014 at 12:31

Does it make much difference to times though, anyone on here stopped and improved? 

I don't stop because I like it, why do you think so many people do it?  Did a 10 miler in welwyn once was running round before the start looking for a light, asked one guy saying how i couldn't find a light anywhere, he said "well yes, because us runners know it gives you cancer".  I just thought what a pr1ck, glad I beat him.

Pudge    pirate
02/06/2014 at 12:33

I smoked for many years, but never really ran as a smoker.  I used to play football etc, and was always gasping for breath (but then I was quite unfit as well as being a smoker).

As for how much time you'll shave off if you quit.  How long is a piece of string? Maybe 2 or 3 minutes off your 5k time?

02/06/2014 at 12:34

People have, yes. I expect some of them will be around soon to tell you about it.

Pudge - it isn't bad spelling, it's bad typing

02/06/2014 at 12:40

All my running PB's date to my days as a 40 a day Marlboro (reds) smoker, and after my best London Marathon time (4:08) I was asked by mates had I stopped for a Hamlet on the way round.. I hadn't but I did light up walking from the baggage lorries to Horse Guards to meet the OH 

Edited: 02/06/2014 at 12:40
02/06/2014 at 12:44

I was a smoker until dec 2011. Same as you - about 15 a day. the following are my PB's as a smoker vs non smoker. speaks for itself really 

5k: 18.30 vs 16.33

10k: 39.18 vs 33.15

HM: 1.23.13 vs 1.14.45

Mara: 2.56 vs 2.42

Edited: 02/06/2014 at 12:45
02/06/2014 at 12:49

Nice one johnas, seems like you were tiptop even before giving up.  I haven't got near my potential PBs so far anyway (whilst smoking).  Want to do sub 19 5k, sub 42/10k and 3:30 marathon.  i've given up drinking, largely, since christmas and that has made far more difference than giving up smoking ever could.  

02/06/2014 at 12:55
Basher wrote (see)

 i've given up drinking, largely, since christmas and that has made far more difference than giving up smoking ever could.  

how do you work that out if you havent actually given up smoking? trust me, it's the best thing you could do. giving up booze will help you loss weight in my experience which will help towards faster times but running is an aerobic activity - smoking will benefit you far more.


02/06/2014 at 12:55

6 in an hour.

66 in a day.

02/06/2014 at 12:59

johnas:  because when I drink my training is very hit and miss to say the least.  zero consistency hence my disappointing marathon times.  would never have kept up the necessary training to get my 5k and 10k times down since christmas if i was drinking.

02/06/2014 at 13:06

fair point although you could try drinking in moderation

Doesn't sound like you're ready to give up the tabs though.

02/06/2014 at 13:07

If your lungs aren't working to their full capacity (and, if you're a smoker, they're not and are only ever going to deteriorate) then you are always going to be limited. Booze or no booze.

The impression I get is that you would like to improve your times but are looking for a way of doing it without giving up smoking.

Edited: 02/06/2014 at 13:08
02/06/2014 at 14:03

I just wanted to hear others' experiences thats all.  I'm not gonna give up smoking any  time soon, yes that is true.  Unfortunately I struggle to drink in moderation johnas.  

Pudge    pirate
02/06/2014 at 14:06

Have you tried e-cigarettes?  All the goodness of nicotine, without the hazards of tar....apparently. 

02/06/2014 at 14:43

That was my thought exactly Screamapillar.   Basher, I was a smoker (20 a day) from the age of 13 to 23.   I then gave up to become a fitness instructor, because I was lighting up, before and after a class.  I was never a great runner when I was a smoker, I didn't have the confidence I have now, now that I don't smoke. I would never have the level of fitness I have now, if I smoked.  I think smoking limits you to how fast you can run.    I just want to say one thing though....most people smoke because they are hooked and not because they enjoy it, as you say.   Most people would prefer to be a non-smoker.   You think you enjoy it, because you are hooked on it.  I used to say exactly the same thing about enjoying it.  If you a desperate for a fag and you can not have one, you feel wound up, tense, aggitated etc.   When you have a tab, you instantly feel relaxed, calm, normal.   A non smoker never ever feels this level of stress, because they are always feeling normal....therefore, smoking actually makes you feel tense, wound up......I know you are probably going to tell me to sod off and that you didn't ask for a lecture on giving up smoking....but if you are interested in stopping then visit an Allan Carr clinic  A therapist came to our office when I was 23....I have never smoked since.

02/06/2014 at 16:08
I gave up Dec 2011. It's made no rap difference. Disappointingly.
02/06/2014 at 16:10

I'm also a 15 a day smoker (cutters choice roll ups as well... weird). I used to run a lot when I was a kid and a non-smoker, then gave up running and took up smoking (smart move).

That was some 13 years ago, 15 cigs a day everyday and no running at all.

Started running again two weeks ago and did my first 5km race/run on Saturday in 20:15. 

I'm planning on giving up at some point soon (smoking not running), but probably not for a few months. I expect my 5km time to be significantly quicker by then so it'll be interesting to see if giving up reduces my PB further.

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