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I have been running for approximately 5 months now (on average 2 - 3 times a week, between 5 - 10km).
I quit smoking in the last 10 weeks but found that this has had an adverse affect on my running, particularly my breathing. I thought that quiting was meant to improve my breathing, stamina etc. but it seems to have had the opposite affect. Anyone else experienced something similar? Itt seems biizarre.
Now that I quit smoking, I can barely complete a flat 10km without stopping for breath and the running is not pleasurable or enjoyable anymore.
While smoking 10km running times (42 - 45 minutes). Now that I've quit in the last 10 weeks (times closer to 50 minutes).
I know that the body is adpating to the changes, but why do I feel worse off for it.