Grit Clinic 14th May

Hi there! I just read your book in 2 days and i found it fantastic 🙂 I’m all motivated to start running but i just wanted to ask a quick question. I do plan on seeing my doctor but what are your views on a smoker beginning this program?? I smoke about 10 a day. I did my day one walk today and was ok after it. I walked very briskly and it took me 70 minutes. I’m determined to do this but i wonder if i should take it a bit slower because i smoke??  Maeve Behan

You only need to go as slowly as your lung capacity demands.  Just use the breath test as detailed in the book and use it as an indicator for breathlessness.  If you are able to hold a conversation while walking and later, running, all is well; if you are about to keel over because you can’t breathe, you need to slow right down.

Smoking is absolutely no bar to running although it will of course, impede your performance.  The natural thing that ought to follow on from taking up running is that you will come to hate being a smoker more than ever and want so much to have your lungs operating at full capacity. Your new running self demands it.  In much the same way as healthier eating patterns emerge as a natural side effect from the discipline of running, the same applies to anything else you put into your body, cigarette smoke included.  So stick with those fags if you must, but mark my words, your fagging days are numbered. Once you complete the 6 steps, and have transformed yourself into a runner – body and soul – I bet you won’t want to light up again. 

The Grit Doctor says:

Smoking and running are not natural bedfellows.  The more you allow running into your life, the more smoking will leave it.

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6 Responses to “Grit Clinic 14th May”

  1. Maeve May 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Thanks so much! I really hope that this happens. I would LOVE to quit and I’m hoping that running will motivate me to do it but I just didn’t want to die while trying…….LOL!

  2. Little Zoe May 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I know a few excellent runners who smoke the fags. They’re 40 a week, social smoker types, and they’re otherwise in good health. Smoking doesn’t have appeared to stop them from being able to run…BUT…They are all men, and I can run faster than all of them!! I wish they’d give up and achieve the performances they are capable of. Hope this inspires you to quit.

    • Maeve May 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

      Thanks so much Little Zoe! It’s good to hear that it can be done but i do want to quit. I have 2 small kids and i’d love to do it for them. I did quit for 3 months last year but i put on so much weight that i went back on them. Maybe if I’m running it’ll give me the motivation to stay off them:o)

  3. Little Zoe May 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Maeve, go for it. The miles should keep the pounds at bay. One of my running friends says “sweat is fat crying” I like that 🙂

    • gritdoctor May 20, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      oh my goodness, i LOVE that ‘sweat is fat crying’. must tweet immediately x

  4. Maeve May 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    OMG that’s a BRILLIANT way of putting it!!!! Thanks a million for the encouragement.:o)

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