“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” - Walt Disney

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Seriously? Smoking???

I started running outside today and got about 10 minutes into it when I smelled cigarette smoke.  As I continued along the trail, the smell became stronger and stronger.  Then I rounded the bend and saw them: two people, a guy and a girl, decked out in full workout outfits and shoes, walking quickly, and smoking.  Yes, that's right, smoking.  After getting over my initial shock at the scene, I decided to just get past them as quickly as I could.  Trying to prove a point, I made quite the production of coughing and pretend choking as I passed.  Probably not my finest moment, but I was ticked that they were screwing with my run - I need all the air I can get, and it needs to be fresh, not smoke-infused!  Now, I know that we were outdoors, and it's a free country, but still, I was mad.

Today's stats:
  • 10 minute warm-up walk
  • 3 mi; 0:38:53 min; 12:58 min/mi avg. pace


  1. Ugh, my biggest pet peeve! Not proud of it either but I do the whole coughing ting too. SOOOOO glad that Mayor Bloomberg has officially banned smoking in public parks in NYC. Can't wait when I run there now I won't have to cut through a cloud of cigarettes!

  2. That is so crazy. Why bother running when you are killing yourself with cigarettes

  3. That would annoy me. That actually happened to me when I was running my first 5k. I already felt like i was going to die, and then I ran into a cloud of smoke and it made me sick to my stomach!