Yesterday, after 7 days off, I went for a run. Not only had I taken 7 days off, but before that, it'd been weeks of nothing but 1-3 milers. I don't feel like I'm "starting over" with running, but I do feel as though some ground was lost due to nearly a month's worth of illness.
Thus, the 3 miler last night was a bit laborious: My lungs burned a bit at first since I still have some major respiratory congestion, but I am the sort who believes that running is a good decongestant, so I figure the running is just loosening some of those goobers up. After I warmed up some, though, the running went smoothly and it felt good to be back at it: My legs and my brain had missed it.
Afterward, I coughed for about 10 solid minutes, but it was "productive" coughing, so it was annoying, but probably good to get some of that gunk out. Now, if only running could help unplug my ears; I'd like to be able to hear again.