Recovering From Pneumonia, Back to Running

I had my follow-up with the doctor today. Good news and bad news.

The good news is my lungs are clear, the bad new is I shouldn’t run in the cold.

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and the word “cold” is relative. Some time ago I couldn’t run in the cold at all. It would bother my throat and lungs. Eventually, I got used to it and have run through four winters now. Before the pneumonia, cold weather was not an issue at all.

Looking back, 40°F was my threshold for what I considered cold running. Those kinds of temperatures should become common during the midday soon, but since I run in the morning, I typically have to deal with colder temperatures.

I was also advised to start from scratch. I was going to do this anyway, I did a short test run about a week ago and the loss of fitness was quite apparent. Looks like I’m a beginner again. I’m a long way from that marathon I was going to run this year.

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