Of course me, being a non-smoker, can't understand how she could run 5 miles and then light up. But she doesn't seem to have much of an issue with it now.
I am not going to lecture you, but good luck with both running and quitting!
*Everyone*, regardless of fitness level or lung capacity, struggles when they first start running. So just embrace the fact that it will not be a cakewalk, but it is most definitely doable. I have asthma and my VO2 Max is pretty sad, but I can still get out there and go for miles. It was hard in the beginning, and running is never really easy. But it is incredibly fun and worthwhile. :)
So if it's hard, just know it is for everyone, and don't use the smoking as an excuse to quit. Use it as a reason to try even harder, to prove anyone who thinks smokers can't run wrong!
But, I've noticed with taking my bike to work, for example... The first day I literally thought I was going to keel over of a heart attack at age 22!! Especially when I got to the huge hill (well, not that huge, but painful).
However, the second day I took my bike I noticed it was a lot easier, and the third time was, and so on.
I'm sure you'll be able to do it.. Just take it slowly, and don't get discouraged if you have to stop and walk every few blocks. You've been working out so you'll have that under your belt. Try it out, take it step by step, and see what happens.
I usually run 2.5-4 miles, 3-4 times a week. I'm trying to run more often now, though. It's hard at first (always is) but running is such a great thing for you to do! Not only does it help improve your lungs that have been damaged from smoking, but everything! Seriously, you CAN run and be a smoker for sure. I've done it for the last ... oh ... 5-6 months. And I'm getting better and better and loving it more and more.
Also, since you're wanting to quit smoking sometime as well... running has been motivation for me to cut back, because I do cough sometimes when I'm running, I get that itchy throat, etc... I think if you take up running (start slow, work your way up) it will be easier to quit smoking as well... hopefully!
It's not impossible at alll ... it actually isn't any harder if you ask me. DO IT, I DARE YOU! Hehe :)
I did Couch to 5K and once I got into week five or so I didn't want to smoke because of the long runs coming up. I could tell while I was doing it that my lungs and heart were having more trouble improving than my leg muscles. Quitting smoking fixed that, I did smoke some in the other weeks though. Good luck!
my non-smoking friends are all surprised but i dont think it affects me that much. my legs give out before my lungs!
I am not saying that smoking is a good thing, but it also helps control some cravings.
I'm a smoker. I smoke about 15 a day. I run 1 mile Mon through Fri every night. Sat and Sun I do two miles in the mourning and two miles every night. I've been running for 4 months now. My sister started out running with me and she is also a smoker but she can't do a mile. She doesn't push her limits though. The hardest was the first few weeks. My bosses kid always gives me crap for smoking and I told him I could run a mile quicker than him and he didn't believe me. We went to a high school track and he lost. He doesn't get it. Friends I go running with don't get it either. Just expand those lungs and you'll be fine. It will hurt really bad at first. I light up about 5 minutes after my runs. It's not the healthiest but hey I enjoy it. Hopefully I'll be ready to quit one day. I think if I actually quit I can shave about 1.5 minutes off of my quickest mile right now. I'm at 7.5 mins if I go out and time myself tonnight. Just start running and in a month you won't regret starting. Even if you don't quit smoking. In fact you'll get depressed if you miss a day. Good Luck
Two people, exactly the same, inside and out. Except one smokes, and the other one doesn't.
Short answer: Both person's abilities, and capabilities will be exactly the same.
Long answer: Since our body is our engine, by keeping it clean, we may get more mileage. So yes, the bodies of both person can perform as well as each other, but the clean lungs will out last the dirty lungs in the long run (and there are no spare parts, except from donations or ??black market??).
Also: The non-smoker will not have to deal with any cravings (except for their hunger), which may interrupt their training session. That's where the limit lies for a smoker, or for anyone with an addiction to anything. Try doing a run (or any major task) during a craving (or if you've run out of the substance), and you'll know what I mean.
If nothing thing else, it's just like carrying extra baggage.
I have stopped both smoking and running, but yes...I used to do both.
In fact, I used to run half-marathons as a pack to pack-and-a-half a day smoker and heavy drinker.
Thankfully, none of those are applicable descriptions to me anymore, but I used to run right after a smoke and light up as soon as I was done.