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Old 02-06-07, 06:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone else run to cross-train?

I was out on one of my lunchtime runs today and, as my mind wandered (as it often does when I run), I got to wondering if any of you other BFers cross-train by running.

I try to get out at least three days a week at lunchtime. Most of my runs are loops that vary anywhere from 3.5 - 4.5 miles - - something bite-sized that I can do, shower and get back to work in the hour. I guess the reasons I do it are:
  • I love running (the masochist in me)
  • Varies my routine – especially in the winter when riding means indoors on a trainer
  • I feel distance running imparts a certain mental toughness that I cannot readily duplicate riding (there’s no coasting when you run - - to get back you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other)

So how ‘bout it? Do you run? How much? Or maybe you don’t - - tell us why you might feel that time is better spent in the saddle.
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Old 02-06-07, 06:30 PM   #2
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Yes i do. every day, somtimes 2 times a day. sprint work out atleast 3 times a week followed by a distance run the folowing day.

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No, I just sit on my bum all winter and get nice and pudgy.
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To cold to run right now but I put in about 12 -15 miles a week otherwise. This will help your cardio but not your riding legs.
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I used to run a lot. Recently got back into it, and swimming too. 10k 2 or 3 times a week at about 9min miles, and 3k in the pool 2 or 3 times a week in about an hour.

I'm hoping it pays dividends come spring time next time i encounter a hill (rare occasion in ohio), but im in it for a triathlon in August.
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To cold to run right now but I put in about 12 -15 miles a week otherwise. This will help your cardio but not your riding legs.
That's what I've always understood too - - different muscle groups get worked. We're back up on/above freezing here now. I don't like it when it gets to the teens and definitely get on the trainer during the single digits.

Little Leo - - Wish I could get more in. Used to do almost every weekday with one of those being some interval workout, plus a longer weekend run. But that was when I ran competitively. MTB racing has eclipsed that.
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I hate running, it bothers my left shin.
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I am 15 really dont have a job. so i have a lot of time. plus im on the varsity track team, so i have to run every day. i personaly think running is boaring. riding is way more fun.
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I hate running, it bothers my left shin.
Shinsplints?

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cross country For The Win! track sucks, i hate running in circles.

biking is probably more fun just because you can go twice as far and twice as fast... but XC is more fun because it takes so much mental capacity to go long.
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That sucks. Got thoughs too. Probably not as bad because I can still run on them.
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I use the fixie to cross-train.
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im 15 to, i play basketball we run a lot, i also run cross country

i hate running though
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cross country For The Win! track sucks, i hate running in circles.

biking is probably more fun just because you can go twice as far and twice as fast... but XC is more fun because it takes so much mental capacity to go long.
I disagree. I used to represent my region (level below state) for XC running in HS. I find road running much more mentally tough. With XC the terrain changes so quickly you dont have time to let your mind wander. When its just blacktop following blacktop, then you need the mental game just to keep going.
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well true xc is 95% off the roads, thats why i like it better. plus you've got the nice long hill workouts unlike track.
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I spend the cold months in the gym. Aside from lifting, I use the stationary bikes or cross trainers to keep the ticker in shape.
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Yeah. I don't actually run to cross train though. I ride for fun. I run to stay in shape for soccer, so they're separate activities for me.

Unfortunately, I found it's a lot of trouble to get dressed and get out the door for either when it's cold and windy out. That's the part I need to work on the most.
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I hate running, it bothers my left shin.
Have you gotten fitted for a decent pair of running shoes? I got terrible shin splints (runs in the family) through high school and part of college, then went to a running store with my friend and spent about 3 hours talking to the local running guru. He asked me a billion questions, then grabbed a pair off the shelf (sized me just by glancing at my feet), told me to put 'em on, and then had me run around the block while he watched.

Gave me a few pointers on form, and told me to come back in a few weeks if I was having pain. I haven't gone back - I gather that the pain of being slow is one I'm going to have to live with, at least until I'm under 200 pounds.
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Have you gotten fitted for a decent pair of running shoes? I got terrible shin splints (runs in the family) through high school and part of college, then went to a running store with my friend and spent about 3 hours talking to the local running guru. He asked me a billion questions, then grabbed a pair off the shelf (sized me just by glancing at my feet), told me to put 'em on, and then had me run around the block while he watched.

Gave me a few pointers on form, and told me to come back in a few weeks if I was having pain. I haven't gone back - I gather that the pain of being slow is one I'm going to have to live with, at least until I'm under 200 pounds.
Even with proper running shoes and form I can't run. Used to do xc running up to my sophmore year in high school. It was a mix between shinsplints and that my left knee used to always sprain or twist easily, it became too much to deal with so I just focused on cycling. Had that problem up until I tore my left acl back in 2003.
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Even with proper running shoes and form I can't run. Used to do xc running up to my sophmore year in high school. It was a mix between shinsplints and that my left knee used to always sprain or twist easily, it became too much to deal with so I just focused on cycling. Had that problem up until I tore my left acl back in 2003.
That sucks. My best cycling pal can't go on runs with me, tore his left acl and mcl, and his right acl playing football in junior high.

Running's not all it's cracked up to be anyway - when an endurance event is only 4 hours, what kind of fun is that?
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Running is Satan's favourite cross-training method.

Actually, I wish I could run, but my knees are permanently borked. When I could run, it was great. Over hill and over dale, through the woods and back... I miss it so much, even though it's been 20 years since I've been out there. Riding singletrack is better, but sometimes it goes by too fast. :|
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Yep. I try to run at least three times a week. I usually try to run immediately after a weekday ride, but mostly do it in the mornings.

I'm not much of a runner (never was) so I only do about three miles when I get out.
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I'm starting to do more running now, since I have to for my basic PE class (that I'm just now taking as a senior in college...). From a fitness perspective I love it, but I'm not the biggest fan of running...
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Thanks for all the experiences, folks. Sounds like I'm not alone on the lonely road after all. I was a cross country runner in high school; laid off until age 40, when my wife and daughter bought me a good pair of Asics for my 40th birthday and I took off again. One of my dreams still is to do an Xterra Off-Road Triathlon.

I'll be the first to admit that biking (especially DH) is much more fun.
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