Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:20
Saz: a friend of mine had a severe bout of pneumonia requiring hospitalization several years ago. Not a runner, but I remember she said it took a long time before she was back to normal - two years, not six months, although with a lot of recovery in the first year.
If you're having problems breathing then I suggest you repeat a week on the C25K programme, even drop back and repeat the previous week, and see how that feels. Once your lungs are feeling like they can cope with a bit more, try stepping it up a bit.
I -do- know how frustrating it can be, as I'm presently trying to get my mileage back up after a tendon tear (cycling accident!) had me off running for six months: I was running 50-milers, with 20-25 mile LSRs as standard, and now, six months after I restarted, my longest run has been a whole 12 miles. I tried to increase mileage sooner and kept having to step back.
So take it gently, run slowly, allow your lungs to repair. And good luck!