I smoked from the age of 15, stopped at 21 and then started it again last November (grrr) and ditched it last Thursday. (I'm 24). I feel so much better in myself for giving up and starting running again has completely stopped any cravings. I don't even think about smoking now I started smoking when I was younger to be rebellious and then ended up not shaking the habit. More fool me because it completely ruined my fitness for a few years! So I would say it 100% affects running, but saying that my friend smokes a lot and manages to regularly go off on 12 mile runs that he makes look like a walk in the park. I think he may just be a freak of nature though lol
I've definitely got the running bug back now - addicted! Decided to go on the treadmill at the gym for a "quick" run on Saturday and ended up on there for 45 minutes without stopping. I felt great afterwards, but did look like I had jumped in a swimming pool. I'm off there again tonight for more of the same. I'm enjoying mixing runs between outdoors and the treadmill. Hope everyone is having a good day
I'm back to running after a year's break and giving up smoking last week (yay). I smoked from the age of 15 until 24, but have always ran on and off and am hoping to see a real increase in my fitness now. When I was a child/teenager I was heavily into my running and used to do long distance regularly. I want to get back to my fitness level before the blip of smoking and teenage years which messed things up.
I went for my third run since starting again tonight and just wanted to know what people thought of my time and if it's a good start? My Nike fuelband tells me I ran 4.4 miles (quite hilly) in 48:59 with a pace of 11'05".
Interesting answers I used to not listen to music, but now I find it has the placebo effect of making me feel more motivated. It is very faffy getting the wires in the right place so they're not bouncing up and down hitting you in the face constantly!