Thursday, 5 February 2015

Long Run With No Smoking

I haven't done any long runs for a while now, so even though I have a race in two days time, I thought I'b better get out and do some sort of distance. The speed wasn't really important, just that I ran for over an hour. And kept running, however slow it would be.

I decided just to start running from my front door, and see where the run would take me. I would run for 35 minutes out, and then turn around and come home. I still don't know the area that I live in too well, so I just started going up roads that seemed to lead to a bit of snow.

Road Running In Rathfriland

There wasn't much when I got up there, but it was nice seeing new places, even though it's only a few miles from my house. I liked the fact that I had no idea of where the run would take me, how far I would go or how many hills there would be. The only plan I had was to run for 35 minutes, before turning back, making the run somewhere close to 1 hr 10 min.

Road Running In Rathfriland

I didn't really push the pace at all today, very aware that I have a race in less than 48 hours. It would have been slightly faster, but I stopped to take a few photographs, and had a little fight with the camera I bought last week.

Road Running In Rathfriland
All ugliness should be blamed on the camera..

The above picture was taken with it, I will bring it to my next race, but as far as cameras go, it's not very good at all. I guess I can't expect much from a £7.50 camera... Although not having a wonky face in photographs is always a start.

I covered a distance of 7.32 miles in 1 hour 8 mins, which works out at an average pace of 9 minutes 22 seconds per mile. That is not fast at all, but this run was just about clocking up some miles. I still want to be ready for a good performance at Saturday's 10K Trail race.

No Smoking

It's now three days since I stopped smoking. The one thing I have noticed is that my patience with everything seems to have disappeared. I'm not sure whether this is because my nicotine addiction is in a state of withdrawal, or the world is just picking on me at the minute.

I won't really notice much difference in my running performance for a while after stopping the cigarettes. I've been smoking for over 23 years now, so I have a lot of damage to reverse and get my health back to somewhere I'm happy with. It will be a long process, and I probably won't even notice the improvements as they happen.

So I'll do it this way.. I'll write down some of the problems I get while running which may be caused by long term smoking. Some of them may be a result of smoking, I suppose I'll find out soon enough what they are. At the minute I:

  • Get a sore and tight chest when running at any sort of speed
  • Quite often get a numbness in both feet while running anywhere over 4 or 5 miles 
  • Get very tired legs, very quickly
  • Suffer from sporadic limb movement when trying to fall asleep at night
  • Get shortness of breath for first mile
  • Seem to be tired all the time.

Now not all of these will be caused by smoking, but I'll look back every once in a while to see whether or not there has been any big improvements with any of them.

I'm going to do a session on the foam roller tonight and then have a day of doing nothing tomorrow. And I can't wait... :)

Half Marathon James

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