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So today I jogged about 2 miles (woohoo! Smile). I also jogged earlier this week. I've noticed that lately, whenever I go jogging I have a cough after. It sounds pretty bad, like smokers' cough. Really gross and phlemy. My sister says it happens to her too, its just that all that heavy breathing moves stuff around. I'm not sure I'm buying it. We both have a history of smoking (I haven't had a cig in two days now! another woohoo!), and its been pretty cold out lately. I've never had this problem before. Does anyone know what could be causing this?

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I would chalk it up to the smoking. Gets all the gunk in your lungs moving around. I know several smokers and they get it too, but it goes away after they have quit smoking for a couple months.

I have seasonal allergies and have noticed that now that it is warming up I am getting that cough after running too - weezy and phlegmy - but it does go away. So it could be allergies as well.

I get this sometimes, too.  Especially when it is cold outside.  I think the cold air just irritates your throat/lungs and coughing is the result.

Yay on not smoking for 2 days!  I also think taking up exercise will really help you quit, especially something that involves deep breathing, like jogging.  Its strange, but it sort of mimics smoking in a weird way.  I quit while doing yoga about 10 years ago!

Original Post by hilary77:

I I also think taking up exercise will really help you quit, especially something that involves deep breathing, like jogging.  Its strange, but it sort of mimics smoking in a weird way.  I quit while doing yoga about 10 years ago!

 You're totally right! For some reason I don't want to even smell cigarettes after I've worked out. Like for the whole day. It's great. It's like the endorphins my body is releasing are replacing the nicotine somehow. I really want to be able to say I'm smoke-free, its such a gross, unhealthy habit. Congrats on quitting!

this is a normal part of the process of quitting smoking.  what`s particularly disturbing is that your lungs don`t even try to clear out that gunk while you`re smoking; it`s only after you stop that the process begins.  yuck!  and good for you for quitting!

if you`re still coughing in a few weeks, though (after running, that is), it could be exercise-induced asthma, which is easily treated with an in haler.  for me, it`s cold, dry air that`s worst, but a couple of puffs about 20 minutes before a run fixes me right up ;)

Its true what everyone said above. Im not a smoker myself but between my brother and my b'f they both had it. My brother was more noticeable because he was also working out as he was quitting. Its pretty gross but it does go away.

I'm a non-smoker and have the same problem when it's cold outside. In my case, it's kind of an exercise-induced asthma which is aggravated by breathing in the cold air. Try warming up (by walking) for a couple of minutes before you start running. This can get your lungs used to the cold air before you really start sucking it in when you run. You can also put a scarf or bandana over your mouth when it's really cold. This will make the air a little warmer/moister before you breathe it in.

Original Post by pgeorgian:

if you`re still coughing in a few weeks, though (after running, that is), it could be exercise-induced asthma, which is easily treated with an in haler.  for me, it`s cold, dry air that`s worst, but a couple of puffs about 20 minutes before a run fixes me right up ;)

 This is so true.  But it is also true about the cold.  You might find that if you keep up with the no smoking and then the air temp warms up (whenever that might happenFrown) that your cough will disappear.  Don't let it make you stop though.  There are plenty of solutions out there.  Good Luck.

I jogged with my dog for about a mile yesterday, i have never been a smoker and i limit being around secondhand smoke also. I got a little cough going yesterday but i think its becuase it has been absolutely freezing(on monday) and today (Thursday) its almost 60. Indiana is the armpit of America, I swear. I coughed for a little bit while i was jogging and a little after but for me I mostly feel the need to spit all the time. It's pretty unlady-like but i'd rather not have all the gunk in my chest/throat.

I think it will go away for both of us :)

I also get it after running one of my races (usually between 1-3 miles). I think it just comes from working so hard for a period of time. 

I've never smoked either... (and don't plan too!) 

It's probably a combo of past smoking and just working hard. 

I have this problem also.  I find that it is primarily because of smoking though I also have had it in cold weather (near freezing).  The culprit is of course lung damage....both cause damage to your lungs.  I found that if my heart rate was near max for and my breathing was fast and deep it caused pain in the lung sacs, almost like I was causing microtears in the tissue.  Or maybe the tar was coming off and some of the raw lung tissue was being exposed.   This would trigger a coughing spasm.  If you are a smoker take a few really deep breathes when you first wake up and pay attention to how your lungs feel.  Thats what you will feel just before a workout coughing spasm.  I just lowered the intensity of my cardio whenever I felt my lungs burning and lengthened my exercise duration.  And I've decided to quit.  Today is my second day and already my lungs don't hurt as severely.  Not to mention if you can breathe easily your heart and lungs don't max out so readily.

Original Post by realapollo:

I  And I've decided to quit.  Today is my second day and already my lungs don't hurt as severely.  Not to mention if you can breathe easily your heart and lungs don't max out so readily.

 Congrats! Today is my fourth or fifth day...I hope I can keep it up! Maybe we should start a group for people who are trying to quit and trying to diet, it feels like a big undertaking to me!

one or two days of not smoking is actually a bit early to see smoking-related "gunk," but it could be. Also, however, remember that cold, dry air activates your mucous-producing mechanisms to protect your upper respiratory system's tissue with a protective layer of . . . mucous. My daughter, who is Cambodian, has the runniest nose in cold weather; her body really reacts to dry cold air since her body is built for warm, moist air.

My nose runs constantly when I do winter sports b/c of this normal process. Don't worry about it unless it is interfering somehow, then ask your doctor if you need to do anything about it.

I don't have a history of smoking and I get the cough, too.  Lately it is phlegmy as opposed to dry as it used to be.  I ran a half-marathon this past weekend and several hours later got a phlegmy cough that tasted like metals in my mouth.  I am growing concerned about it because when I recently hiked a difficult incline on the AT, I coughed (with phlegm) and my lungs hurt.  It felt like I had gotten instant pneumonia.  I don't think this is normal, so I'm going to see a pulmonary specialist.

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