I got permission from Dr. Nguyen yesterday to run again. He said he'd like to start seeing how running affects my improved posture now that I've been in treatments for about a month. He also said he was really happy with how my body is responding to the adjustments.
So today I strapped on the nikes and hit the trail. I pretty much expected what I got. It's been nearly a month since I've run - 25 days actually - and I figured that even with the elliptical that I've been doing twice a week that my cardio would suffer as would my muscle strength. The good news is that I'm not sore. I didn't really push myself either. The bad news is that my lungs wanted to die after the first run. I got a new inhaler that is a different prescription from my old one. I think it probably worked just fine, but I think that my lungs have had a chance to regress. The good news is that that my knees didn't hurt, my shins started to, but then I adjusted my technique so they didn't hurt, my feet hurt like hell, and I didn't feel over-tired.
While it would have been super cool to get back out and run the full workout for week two, I'm happy that I was able to run the two intervals that I did. I'm sure it will only be a matter of a couple more runs for my cardio to catch back up to my activity level. I think I am also going to try to do the elliptical on non-running days so that I get in the habit of doing daily activity.
I'm glad to be back on the 5k challenge!