Originally Posted by bbinder
It is possible that your sciatic pain is more biomechanical than disk related. With proper shoes (go to a good running shop where they can evaluate your gait) and warmup/warm down exercises, you may be able to run comfortably and maybe enjoy it. Of course, your spine should be cleared medically: go to an orthopod, then also go to a good physical therapist, AND a good chiropractor THEN, combine the recommendations of all 3 that will allow you to do the activities that you like without making your injuries worse.
I think your comments have merit; under ideal medical supervision and with customized running gear, I can add running to round out my fitness routine. It is really the only way to maintain a cardio regiment in the winter.
However I think I need to accomplish other goals first. I should get my weight down while I improve muscle strength and improve flexibility. I should be able to do these activities with minimal risk. By March I can add rollerblading and biking on a regular basis, that will give me the cardio workout I need.
However, I am interested in running as a future option. What makes running an option for me is the support available. The trainers I am working with are employees of Northwestern University and are of top quality. Chicago also has superb sports medicine resources, so running while managing sciatic inflammation is possible, I assume.
But I'm not going to pursue a running regiment until next winter. I can use the next 11 months to do everything else to improve my fitness and leave running as the final frontier.
I am interested in the kind of support you suggest, and will be doing my research on the topic. The biomechanical improvements you describe will be investigated.