Smoking and Running??!

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05/12/2006 at 14:27
A stupid combination I know! Although I don't actually smoke while I run!

I have been running for a year or two know and have just joined a running club, which I am really enjoying, but its nearly killing me!

I intend to give up smoking, as I know this will help, but I am just getting myself motivated at the moment. I know a lot of people give up smoking and then start running but I wondered if anyone else out there had given up while they were running, how much of a difference it made and when they started noticing the difference?
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
05/12/2006 at 14:28
I do smoke while I cycle sometimes.
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
05/12/2006 at 14:29
Though im careful to make sure the fumes dont polute the carbon monoxide other cyclists and pedestrians would otherwise be breathing.
05/12/2006 at 14:47
had a running mate he was a 2.45 marathon, always smoked. after the finish of the london one year he lit up as soon as he'd finished, the bloke next to him collapsed on the first smell of the cig. always wondered the time he could have done if he didnt smoke.
05/12/2006 at 15:09
I was smoking when I joined a running club 2 1/2 years ago. I gave up after five months of running as I was struggling big time. My running improved greatly after a only a couple of months, although only in the fact I could run longer distances, I don't think I will ever be any faster. Had given up for 2 years and after a lot of stress recently, started again and am desperately trying to stop again, it is very up and down but if I keep entering races the thought of the race to come keeps me of the cigarettes. So it will definately make a big difference. Good Luck
PSC    pirate
05/12/2006 at 15:41
I smoked 20 a day for 30 years... started running in March (this year)... gave up on the 1st Aug... and yes, it makes one hell of a lot of diference. If you are an uber athlete and smoke then maybe you can record fast times. If you are any/all of the following.... normal/slightly chubby/not that fast/a bit breathless up stairs/etc then you will improve. Your HR will drop (mine went from RHR 74 to 48 in 6 months), your breathing will be easier and your times will tumble (I couldn't do more than 2 mins running at the beginning of the year - now finishing in the middle order on races).

Frankly someone can run 3 min miles for all it worries me - the simple truth is you are 2 x more likely to die if you continue to smoke than you would be if you stop! That was good enough odds to convince me. Do I miss it - not any more! Have I saved any money - NO, I've spent it all on new shoes, a garmin, a polar, a variety of running tops/bottoms/socks/belts/books!!!! Am I happy - you bet your boots I'm happy!!

Go on - give em up - you know you want to!
06/12/2006 at 10:11
Well I have done it! I've set a date to stop. I just need to keep reminding myself of how much easier I will find it to run. I have set myself the target of the GNR this year and a couple of 10K before that so I have those to think of the keep me motivated.

Thanks for the support guys. I'll let you know how I get on.
06/12/2006 at 10:24
Bootoo, if you have any mates who work in hopsital have one of them take you onto a Chest/Respiratory/Paliative care ward where they heve poepl,e coughing up their guts after years of smoking with the stench of the ketones in the air as their cancers rot them away. That should make you stop. Sorry to be blunt but............
06/12/2006 at 10:34
We all know it's bad, but at the end of the day you will only stop if you want to. Running is a great incentive and a great health indicator as you can actually physically feel the benefits of not smoking. You may start asking yourself the question, why did I smoke at all to start with? But I guess you need to have smoked to appreciate this sentiment.
Easiest way to stop? Just stop, chuck fags, stay out of einvironments that will encourage you to smoke. Oh and people that encourage you, they are the worst. For me it was always the pub especially after a couple of pints. I still struggle now. Good luck and just think about your running.
06/12/2006 at 10:40
Just out of curiosity, have people who've tried to give up in the past unsuccessfully and who have successfully given up recently found it easier with more public places, espeically bars being non-smoking?
06/12/2006 at 10:43
huge is right. when you REALLY decide that you want to stop, it's easy. unless you're in the pub. although now i haven't really smoked for a couple of years, even in pubs, and i rarely get ambushed by fags even in pubs.

in fact i THINK that i've only smoked two fags this year, both times when completely legless, and both provided by bouncing barlist if my memory serves me right.
06/12/2006 at 11:10
I am 11 weeks into my quit. It's the easiest I've ever found it (in many attempts). Why? Because this time it's me who really wants to do it.

This time I know that I can smoke if I want to, but I choose not to. As opposed to previous quits where my mental attitude was that I wasn't allowed to smoke.

For what it's worth I used the patch for the first three weeks, then stopped using it as I felt (correctly) that I just didn't need it.

Having been a non-exercising 15-20 a day man for over 30 years even I can now take exercise: running (well, run-walking at the mo) three times a week and swimming on Tuesdays -- 48 lengths last night. Couldn't have dreamt of that 12 weeks ago.

Don't be discouraged if you don't immediately feel the benefits. They come slowly and imperceptibly. What you would notice is how crap you feel if you start smoking again.

Good luck!

06/12/2006 at 13:52
Huge, that it my problem too. I have given up for long spells previously but it is always in the pub after a couple that I start again.

Once it is banded in the summer I will never smoke again! It can't happen soon enough for me!

Annaspanna, the answer to your question is YES! I can only speak for myself but I definately find it easier not too when I am not given the opportunity to drink and smoke.
06/12/2006 at 16:28
I smoked about 10-15/day up until dec 2004. I could go without for a while but would get back into it, triggered mainly when out drinking.
I now absolutely detest even the slightest whiff of cigarrette smoke. Ive become the kind of person I hated when I smoked :O)
I can remember heading to races having the odd cigarrette which I think is ridiculous now but didnt even consider it at the time.

The biggest difference is prob a greater sense of health and well being, healthier skin and hair (if you smoke a lot). You do feel better about yourself knowing you're not dependent on anything.

It wouldn't have so much of an impact on LD aerobic events as much as sprints to middle distance where you are crossing over your LT threshold and greater emphasis is placed on good lung function.

I think Ive improved a little more having given up smoking than if Id continued. Funnily enough the biggest difference has been my weight (specfically fat%), but I can train harder and longer now. Swimming is obv a little easier!

I dont like seeign people smoking at running events
06/12/2006 at 16:29
skinnyoldgeezer - like the name/avatar!
06/12/2006 at 16:35
Hey Bootoo I have not smoked for 2 weeks, and I can already feel better when running.I ran a 10k on Sunday enjoyed it, still felt the effects of the cigarettes. I think I would have done much better, if I hadnt smoked. Got another race on the 17th and have set myself goals, need to beat an old friends times. And this has helped me going without a cigarette. Tonight is big test though, poker night with the guys.Ill wear something that reminds me of running.
06/12/2006 at 16:40
2 weeks after giving up you're playing poker with you've got will power!
06/12/2006 at 16:46
I know,this is what I plan to do, Am not taking any cigs, lots of nocotine gum also a nicotine inhaler,and I must think of my race on the 17th, and try not to drink too much red wine.(am running in the eve tomorrow)

Let the gods of poker be with me.
06/12/2006 at 17:22
STOP SMOKING NOW , do yourself a big favour !!!
06/12/2006 at 17:22
if you can't stop then your a drug addict plain and simple
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