In the beginning of C25K I would carry an icepack in the car and immediately slap it on my knee as soon as we got done. I would continue to ice my knee the rest of the night and this would help, but I was still having some pain in my knees and back. I played around with trying to run CHI/POSE/barefoot style in my conventional running shoes, but it's hard to run properly with a heel to toe drop and a thick sole. I finally decided to get some Vibram Five Fingers and make the switch. My plan was to only use them once or twice a week but after a few runs in my conventional shoes I just couldn't make myself put them on anymore. Running in my VFF KSO Treks I am forced to analyze my gait and focus on my foot placement. This has resulted in dramatic changes in how I feel post run. I don't have to ice my knee anymore. My back doesn't hurt. My calves are sore, but it's only muscle soreness as they adapt. I am having some arch problems in my left foot, but I believe this is due to doing too much too soon and traditionally over-pronating on that side. My left arch is lower than my right. Ok, so to get back to where this is going. I'll post more on my experiences with natural/barefoot running later.
My guts started hurting. I thought it was the running. It felt like I had swallowed a golf ball and it was poking out my left oblique. That turn into my whole abdomen feeling painful and bloated. I had no appetite, so I went to the doctor on 8/16 with no real idea on what to expect. They took a bunch of blood samples and set me up with a CT Scan of my belly. The belly scan didn't turn up anything, but one of the blood tests came back with a moderate to strong positive for Celiac disease. My GP suggested I cut out gluten, so for about 10 days before my Gastro appointment I stopped eating gluten. The change was nothing short of miraculous, my guts felt fine, my joints stopped aching and it was like a fog was lifted from my mind. I didn't realize I could feel that much better. When you are used to functioning at a certain level all your life, you don't realize how much better you can feel.
I went to see the Gastro and she set me up with the upper endoscopy and had me start eating gluten again for the 5 days in between. The first few days were horrible, but I think I've adapted to feeling cruddy again. No matter what result I get, I will be cutting out the gluten again as soon as I can start eating after my upper endoscopy. A positive biopsy will just keep me from ever cheating again.