"I am both a long distance runner and swimmer and I have heard from several fellow athletes that they either eat an edible before an intense workout or vape. "
This is a tough one to really answer;
However some things to consider for yourself, since everybody reacts to marijuana and its side affects completely differently, are these:
- The dosage of the edible, many come in 30mg up to 100mg. Depending on the potency some may give you a push of energy while others may couch lock you. As always, start of small and work up.
-The strain: Indicas are what make you feel the couch lock, sleepiness that people often associate with weed; however this isn’t always the case. Sativa on the other hand is said to be uplifting and more of a "head" high then a body high; which is what I would recommend using prior to a workout, like I said previously, Indicas can cause sleepiness. Finally, there is a middle; called a hybrid which is often a 50/50 split between a Indica and a Sativa; these are often formed (and most common nowadays) when breeders cross an Indica dominate strain with a Sativa; the rest is simple logic.
-Tolerance: Finally your tolerance will play a big role, if you are a moderate to heavy smoker– I say you should be fine. However if you are one of those people who smokes a blunt every once in awhile; I would suggest no. However, this is really your call.
Overall, just be smart and be safe. I hope I helped!