I don't want to be one of those marathoners stopping for a smoke break
June 28, 2012 11:47 AM Subscribe
if I quit smoking, how much faster will I run?
posted by peachfuzz to health & fitness (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It's probably not reasonable to look for concrete answers for that, so the question is really will I see a noticeable impact? How quickly?
Somewhere over the last few years social smoking crossed over into actually really being A Smoker. I finish a pack every other day or so. Of course I know I should quit, it's disgusting, etc., but I've always had a hard time with actually wanting to quit - I still really enjoy it. I'm getting serious about being fit again, though, and am trying to channel it into motivation to finally quit.
I was a decent CC runner in high school, running 21 minute-ish 5ks. I know I won't touch those times again, but surely I'll take something off my current 10:30 minute miles? I'm now 29, have been smoking casually-to-frequently for 10 years. I run about 15 miles a week right now, and cycle and swim as well. I don't feel any particular discomfort when I do cardio (gasping etc.), I'm just slow.
Will I see a dramatic improvement if I quit, an how quickly can I expect it? Or, what was your experience like? looking for motivation, here - anything helps. Thanks!