It’s been 85 days since my last cigarette. I remember it well, I had just crossed the finish line of the 2016 Meon Valley Plod and pretty much the first thing I did was spark up a ciggy! Proper aflete me!!! I got some odd looks and comments were made, very similar to when I finished the Portsmouth Harbour 50k and had a beer and a fag a minute or so after I crossed the finish line!
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still have cravings, I get them all the time. As things stand I’m coping with them ok and have yet to succumb. Smelling them on other people’s clothes and breath I find repugnant, so there is some hope for me yet.
Apparently after one month without cigarettes, the cilia inside my lungs will begin to repair. The cilia are the tiny, hair-like structures that push mucus out of the lungs. Once the cilia are able to do their job efficiently, they can fight off infection and clear the lungs more easily. With properly functioning lungs, my coughing and shortness of breath will continue to decrease dramatically.
Even after almost 3 months I still find that my breathing gets very ragged and wheezy when I’m pushing hard when running. It’ll take a lot longer for them to heal completely.
I need to keep self discipline!