This will be my third kick at the cat with C25K. Each of the last two times - I almost got to the end... then messed up. The biggest thing that was holding me back was that I was still smoking. If there's a skid row for smokers - there I was; right in the middle of it. Tonight, for the first time in 37+ years, I've gone 72 hours without a cigarette - no turning back now. My resting heart rate is already lower & when I walked/jogged a timed 1.5 miles today, I could actually breathe - no burning in my chest. I was slow - true enough but I COULD move.
17 hour work day tomorrow, so I'll rest up on Friday, then start Saturday. I love C25K - it made jogging doable for this heavy smoker. If I could do the program, (I sabotaged myself at the end of both last attempts), then anybody can. I actually got to the point where I enjoyed it.
The saying goes: "Third time lucky" & I hope that proves to be the case.
C25K STARTED: 10/12/11
FIRST RACE PLANNED: ???
Excitement is slogging through a spectacular dry lightning storm
Consider the newest electronic cigarettes...they are best alternatives I have ever seen. Also, try not to blame your performance lapse on smoking because, most likely, it is not the only or greatest factor. Trust me, I understand your habits and struggles. As you stated, sabotage has many forms, and maybe tabacco use gets the negative rap all the time. Well, that's a topic for many other debates, but basically your lung capacity could improve with alternatives to smoking, so just consider those options and focus on your goals.
P.S....Go ahead and schedule your first race ASAP...that will aid in training, scheduling and motivation to stay on track.