Sunday, August 2, 2015

How to start running after pneumonia and bronchitis.

Finally got out and ran my first few miles after 2.5 months of recovery from pneumonia and bronchitis. These past couple of months have had a major impact in my stamina, lung capacity, and overall energy levels like I've never experienced.  Long story short, it has not been fun, and has had as much psychological impact as it has with my physical health. 

My run was enjoyable and not painful and I think it was because of the extra steps I took.  

Here are a few of the things I did to make it through with a smile on my face at the end of the run, ...and without hacking up a lung:
  1. I intentionally ran without a watch so that I would keep my pace down to how I felt vs. pace per mile
  2. If I felt I was getting aggressive with the pace, I made sure to bring it down and focus on my breathing
  3. I ran without headphones. This is a good idea for safety anyway, but I felt it was important during this run so I could listen to my breathing
  4. I ran with water, and made sure to drink more than normal
  5. I stopped every mile and gave myself time to catch my breath, drink water, and stretch.

This list is not a perfect way to ease back into running after battling pneumonia and bronchitis, but it worked for me.

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  Sunday run in the rain.