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Quitting cigarettes...and running

I don't run. Never have. At most, I take a high energy dance class twice a week. But I've recently made the decision to quit completely and commit to training for a 5k to start. I know everyone is different but has anyone dealt with something similar and have any indication for how long it should take to acclimate? I probably smoked 2-3 cigarettes per day.
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Re: Quitting cigarettes...and running

  • Hey! Goodluck! I don't smoke but I think it's great that you want to get healthy :)
  • I quit smoking last winter and did a 5k in the summer. I started training for the 5k in the spring so I had, had a few months smoke free. I don't think I could have ever done it while smoking. It's good motivation to stop! You will feel the difference in how much easier you can breathe when running.
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  • Big thumbs up for quitting smoking!  There are amazing statistics of how much healthier your body will get, and how quickly.  You go, girl :-)

    Whoever said it was supposed to be happily ever after is a big fat liar.
  • Thanks ladies! I'm going to start my brisk walks/jogging this weekend. I definitely notice the difference in my breathing when I haven't been smoking.
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  • I haven't been through this personally--but my mother used running to help her quit smoking back when I was a kid. Now she is an incredible runner. She started by working up to running a mile without stopping, and then slowly built on that. (This was in the days before C25K.)

    She's run 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, marathons, ultramarathons....
  • I quit smoking January 1 last year, ran my first 5k on February 10, ran my first half marathon in September and will be running my first full marathon this September.

    I would say it took me a couple of months to feel like I wasn't going to hack up a lung, and honestly about 6 months before I really felt like a non-smoker.

    I tried quitting numerous times (smoked for almost 15 years and was smoking anywhere from a half a pack to a full pack everyday) but it never stuck. Running gave me something to replace the smoking with. If I wanted to smoke, I either went out for a run or went online to read running articles, look for races to sign up for, etc. I guess I traded one addiction for another. I'm actually running a half marathon the morning of the wedding. :)

    Good luck! I can't overstate how awesome this is for you. :):):):):):):)
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  • I quit smoking 2/27/11 after smoking 1/2-1 pack a day for about 10 years. I didn't workout at all in the first month after I quit, mainly because I ended up with pneumonia (not from quitting, just bad timing).  When I first started working out I stared with Zumba and after I didn't feel like I was going to die anymore (about 2 months), then I started running.

    Now, almost a year later I feel like a non smoker.  My lungs are happy now. I highly recommend you start a C25K program to help you and motivate you.  It helped me learn how to be a runner, per se. 

    And great decision!  If you can stick to it, you won't regret it.  And running is WAY healthier than eating, which is what I wanted to do when I quit.  I gained about 10 pounds from quitting, but it's come off now. 
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