Went for my first run in 3 years today
Trails were covered in about an inch of sheet ice so I decided to go for a run instead. Now I thought that being reasonably bike fit I could run 10 k without much effort, despite never having been a runner and not having run once in the last 3 years. Ouch, was I wrong. Took me almost an hour and my wee legs almost fell off half way round.
Not only that but it was the most boring thing I have ever had the misfortune to do. Never again.Posted 5 years agosailor74Member
Been doing lots of trail running recently and found I enjoy it as much as riding. Been doing up to 60 miles a week with long runs up to 25-30 miles.Posted 5 years ago
The downside I have found is avoiding injury. As much as I enjoy running I’m buying some rollers and focusing on bike riding (trail and road) this winter, Ive never been injured from cycling no matter what the mileage, unlike running where I always feel like im on the cusp of injury once the mileage goes up. I will probably just do one half marathon a week to keep my hand in though.OCBMember
I run as an alternative to using my turbo …
I find that running on tarmac does my head in, so I end up running (and scrambling about) in the woods, and usually in the dark, which certainly adds a bit of interest.
I ‘spose there’s an increased risk of injury (over doing it properly), especially as I almost never warm up, and don’t own proper ‘running’ shoes. I often seem to go out seconds after drinking a cup of tea as well, so end up with a sicky feeling pretty much straight off 😛 .
I do a loop of about 4km, and that takes me the best part of an hour, but that’s mostly making my own way up and down banks/slopes, over streams / fallen trees / through bracken et cetera.
Actually, I hate running, but it’s made much better by running in poor conditions – rain, wind, cold and mud definitely make it more entertaining – I’d almost go as far as to say it makes it tolerable. … but one needs to do something when it’s not riding weather (that avoids resorting to the dreaded turbo). 😉Posted 5 years agoMunqe-chickMember
That’s hilarious I tried to get Mr MC into running a few years back we got a mile from home, he got a splitting head ache said “sod this” and turned around and walked hoem!!!!!!!!!!! He’s never run since, if the bus is pulling away he’ll wait for the next one.. he may even get eaten by a pack of wolves!Posted 5 years agoPiefaceMember
I’m desperate to run at the moment, but due to an injury involving a piriformis nerve or something the best I can muster is 7 100 metre circuits on the road at a very pedestrian pace. Last summer I was doing quite well in fell races and had some good winter training plans for next year.
Unfortunately even biking is aggravating the injury as its nerve related, any shocks from the road / trail go right up my calf. I’m thinking of taking up swimming – now I understand why so many runners become triathletesPosted 5 years agosmiffyMember
I get the running in bad conditions thing; I get dragged out for a run from time to time and being quite a square, broad sort of chap I find it quite hard work. But in a storm, hauling through mud, knee-deep floods I love it. I need to think about every step to not get bored.Posted 5 years agoCapt. KronosSubscriber
Oh dear… and there is be having been talked into running a 10k in about a years time! And I don’t run…. infact I need to emphasis that… I DON’T RUN.
The other half has just finished the C25K so I am going to give it a couple of months or so for an old injury to be sorted (an old injury that I should have addressed many years ago but ignored and now having physio for) then I am going to have to start training. Though not sure I can bring myself to do the C25K route myself.Posted 5 years agoDugganMember
I love running and prefer it to mountain biking, so generally mountain bike or cycle when I’m injured or as cross-training to take the stress off my joints.
I love the simplicity of it and the fact that you can just get out and go with a pair of shorts and trainers without any faff or maintenance whatsoever. I do find the overheads and faffing around associated with mountain biking a bit overbearing sometimes but then I’m not a technically minded person.
I find running a great stress reliever and if you go for long enough it can almost be a bit meditative sometimes. Plus running in bad weather is ace, whereas I often find mountain biking in bad weather can be a bit grim. Weirdly, I also really like that achy feeling you get in your legs after a long run.
It’s easy to see why it’s not for everyone though, I think you probably need a certain type of mentality to really enjoy it, I can understand why a lot of people think it boring.
Also OP, I wouldn’t worry about the aching legs- I’m sure cycling and running use totally different muscle groups so going for a 10k after three years of not running anywhere was always going to put you in a world of pain 😀Posted 5 years agoJoeGSubscriber
10k in almost an hour is a pretty good effort in my book!
Munqe-chick – Look at the bright side; you won’t even have to trip him when the zombies start chasing you! 😉
I used to like to run in high school, college, and into my 20s. Now, I hate it! On the rare occasion that I do run I am either looking at the stopwatch (only 10 more minutes…) or counting the laps/distance till I’m done. And I’m sore for days afterward, since running uses muscles differently than biking. Well, that and I don’t stretch or anything…
But on a good day I can ride for hours and enjoy it!Posted 5 years agoSteveBbrainMember
Running like cycling is much more enjoyable when you are fit – in my experience. I don’t much enjoy running these days as I don’t (can’t due to age and body part failure) do enough. But in the old days when I was fit it was a fantastic feeling running (almost) effortlessly, especially on trails and fells.Posted 5 years agoCloverSubscriber
I’ve just started running. Once a week. Like OP I went straight into an 8 mile pack run from um, nothing. My legs for the next three days were a standing (or mainly sitting) joke. Muscles I never knew existed
To be fair it only took a couple of weeks for me to stop trailing behind and I don’t hate it quite as much now. Still puzzled at running downhill. Downhill should be fun. Running, it feels like I am a sack of spuds tumbling down stairs. Thwack thwack thwack. 😕Posted 5 years agoandypaul99Member
Running is very much like marmite. In my experiences you have to do it fairly regularly to enjoy it. The fitness benefits are far more pronounced than cycling though. I struggle to get max HR on a bike wheras i could get there running very quicky indeed. And getting back from a run i always feel ive had a good workout, which cant always be said for the bike.Posted 5 years ago
There is an essential accessory for runners though…music. Its mind numbing without a good set of tunes.mikey74Member
I’ve just taken up trail running and loving it. I can imagine road running being a bit boring, but trail running is fun. I think music would ruin trail running IMO, although may help with roadie work.
I’m going to keep DHing and road riding, but I am seriously considering selling my hardtail xc bike as running has pretty much made it redundant.
The Garmin Forerunner 210 I’ve just bought also adds a bit of technical interest to it.
I’ve only been doing it a few weeks (once or twice a week) and can already feel my legs getting more accustomed to it: I’ve just been out for a 11.65km run and feel OK, although my calves still need a bit of work.
The other thing I’ve noticed is just how social running is, compared to mtbing: People smile and say hello, you say hello back, dogs like to play with you, far more choice of routes around my area, you get to see some sights you wouldn’t from a bike. All of which add to the experience.Posted 5 years ago
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