- Tell me about running
I’ve always thought running was a dreary boring activity, but after a recent flare up of back problems brought on by stupidly tight hamstrings, caused by 8-12 hours of biking per week and sitting in front of a computer all day, I’m wondering whether doing a bit of running might help.
Good idea or not? Obviously I’d take it easy and progressively but I’d be interested to know if it’s a good way of counteracting the adverse postural effects of riding a bike lots and sitting down all day.
PS. I already do lots of stretching and core strength stuff. Just looking to supplement it with something that will get me outdoors.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
Surely stretching is what you need? If you’ve got tight tendons then more exercise is not going to help. Unfortunately i’m getting to the age where I have to stretch before and after exercise. But since i’ve started regular stretching i’ve never been more flexible and feel tons better for it.Posted 4 years ago
I live in todmorden so I’m blessed with as much trail/hill running as I can handle. Wouldn’t even consider it if it was on pavements or round the park. Also aware of the injury potential. I played football for years (not the same I know) and had various knee issues back in the day.Posted 4 years agothecaptainMember
Don’t overdo it. Really, take it gently. I’ve now been running for about 5y, with increasing seriousness, not high mileage but a few races. I used to hate it as a kid, but now I’m really enjoying it. It’s warmer and less hassle than than cycling. But go easy on the joints and muscles.Posted 4 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
I’m on week 3 of the Couch to 5k programme. Aerobically I’m fine and it feels too easy, but I’m taking it steady to make sure my joints don’t get sore like they did when I ran in the past.
So far, so good, but 10 years of nothing but cycling has left some muscles weaker than they should be!
And I’m actually enjoying it…. 😯Posted 4 years agowanmankylungMember
but after a recent flare up of back problems brought on by stupidly tight hamstrings
You need to be doing single leg bridges and resisted clam exercises, because your arse isn’t working. If I had a pound for everyone who came to me and thought that their core was great, but had tight hamstrings and back pain I’d be absolutely minted.Posted 4 years ago
because your arse isn’t working
Sounds about right. Question is does running help or hinder that?
Edit: or neither? Will definitely add those exercises into the rest I’m doing but still interested in whether running helps balance the negative aspects of riding a bike lots.Posted 4 years agophiiiiilSubscriber
I’ve been running recently as biking gives me a stiff neck; it has helped with that a lot.
I never really took the “take it steady” lot seriously until the other week when I did the Bath half marathon with my wife and a friend of hers; lots of biking meant I was fit enough to get round in a time I was very chuffed with, but I could barely walk that evening and the next day and my hip and ankles still aren’t 100% two weeks later. Should have taken it steadier…Posted 4 years agomogrimMember
Sounds about right. Question is does running help or hinder that?
Edit: or neither? Will definitely add those exercises into the rest I’m doing but still interested in whether running helps balance the negative aspects of riding a bike lots.
Definitely neither, running’s not particularly good for exercising the glutes. Better than sitting on a sofa, of course, but if you’re suffering from a bad back and stiff tendons running won’t help. I’d still say go for it, but then I prefer running to riding, and am also blessed with trails that start from my front door.
If you do decide to start running, I’ll add my voice to everyone else’s and remind you to start slowly, particularly the volume aspect. (A short fast run will do less damage than a long slow plod).
Whatever you decide to do, I’d start following a daily stretching program religiously, ideally with a bit of core + glute work too.Posted 4 years agobikebouySubscriber
Took me about 9 months of steady trail running before I could start pressing on. I suffered some ankle problems early on and that pissed me off and put me off the bike for a few weeks. Running, trail off road running, was supposed to add to my fitness for cycling not hinder it. Anyhoos after I’d learned the hard way I then broke down the run into run/fast walk/run regime for a month after the ankle injury then slowly built up from there.
Now I’m not so bad, prefer slow technical trails and cliff running, deep wooded section to anything like parks or pavements. I’n part ive chosen this route because it’s a)slower pace b)more interesting and c)fun.
I think I started out too fast, thinking I was fit enough and strong enough taking fitness with me to running made my initial thoughts “too easy, let’s pace up” and then the injury..
So slowly and easy does it, but hey running in the fells and dales sounds spectacular… I’d say get on and do it. 8)Posted 4 years agochambordMember
I started running again in the new year and after about 3 weeks did myself a proper mischief and knackered one of the tendons in my knee. Horrendous pain.
I don’t dare do it again, a shame because I had just got to 5km and was enjoying it and getting fitter as well, but I don’t want to be injured and kept off the bikes.Posted 4 years ago
Right, I’m going to give it a go I reckon. Any recommendations for decent trainers? If anything the sheer simplicity, and lack of expense makes it quite attractive. What’s a good distance to start at? I’m thinking a steady paced 5km a couple of times a week to start with.Posted 4 years ago
To get you started and give you an idea of what best suits the type of terrain you run.
They don’t last too long, but at £20 worth a punt if your trying the sport out. Once they’re gubbed you should know yourself what you really need.Posted 4 years agoahwilesMember
what’s a good distance to start at?
Walk away from your house for 10mins, run gently home. See how your feet/ankles/shins/Achilles/knees/etc. feel over the next couple of days.
Build your distance and speed gradually.
Of course you’ll ignore me, and you’ll go and smash out 5k or so. Let us know how that goes 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Of course you’ll ignore me, and you’ll go and smash out 5k or so.
By ‘steady pace’ I meant walking/trotting briskly up the hills, running the flatter bits, and taking it very easy down the descents rather than pretending I’m in the Ben Nevis fell race. I know already that I can do long fell-walks at a brisk pace with lots of ascent/descent on steep rocky terrain, so initially I’ll be looking at expanding on that but over much shorter distances. Good tip on the walking out for so long then running back. I’ll definitely give that a go.Posted 4 years agoemszMember
when I started, I just ran the same route for weeks until I got used to it, I think it was just a couple of miles then started to make my runs longer. I think it took me nearly a year before I was happy with it. been running 3-4 times a week for a couple of years now, and I can run 15-20 miles at about 8.00min miles which I’m happy with.
There’s some great advice on here though. Surfer is especially worth listening to, he’s got answers for pretty much everything.Posted 4 years ago
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