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Old 10-14-05, 12:48 AM   #1
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Can biking keep up my running fitness??

Hey guys I just though I would throw this out I am thinking of running a mile race this weekend, but could use some info. Basically I was a cross country runner who up until 1 month ago ran at least 3 miles everyday for 2 years. My PRs are 5:05 (mile), 11:05 (2 mile), 17:15 (3 mile). The past month however I purchased a road bike and have only ran once. I felt pretty good when I ran I did about 5-6 miles of mostly short interval work. My question is can I run a mile race this weekend capable of running fast and injury free?? The course is pretty flat/downhill. If I run the race I would like to run hard, and get a respectable time hopefully close to that PR. When biking I try to ride hard although it is much harder to push my cardio. I can't even begin to compare my running cardio on a bike until I get to around 25mph or go up crazy 15% grade hills ><, and because I have only rode for one month my legs aren't capable of keeping the pace up at that speed for long periods of time. Anyway should I run the race?? What can I expect?? I could get in two days of running before hand, but the effect from that will probably be small if any. Thanks for the time guys.
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Old 10-14-05, 01:00 AM   #2
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hm... thanks a hard one as you want to come up with a TOP performance...

in general i think you can hold a general level of fitness in the other sport but as if obvious the muscles as different...

negative: in such a short race (1 mile) muscles play a major role (much more than a 10k or marathon) and your running muscles haven't gotten much training through cycling

positive: up until one month ago you were running so you basically have only a short time not

i think if you did good but not really hard run 2 days before it should be worth a shot.
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Old 10-14-05, 02:04 AM   #3
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2 days of hard running beforehand will simply break down your muscles. it will not have any training effect, but it will make you tired and sore. it is also the most likely pathway to getting hurt because you will enter a max situation already broken down.

think damage control. you are better off with doing easy aerobic runs. to get your legs moving and clean up your form do some quick accelerations (as in around 5 from 0-95% for a short distance) at the end of the runs to smooth out your form a little. in the past, i have seen running improvements even when i don't run at all because of injury.

your legs are not weak. your cardio is good and you only stopped running a month ago.

what race are you doing? i suspect i know which one it is.
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Old 10-14-05, 04:01 AM   #4
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well in my experiance you should be fine.

last year i was running 10k once a week, and 20k once a week, but a very old knee/calf injury that i picked up a few years ago started to get worse, i was reconmened to cut down the impact work.
i now run 15k once a month, but cycle most days, my 10k pace ist still around 48-55min depending on the nature of the course.

so as long as you reasons for not running arnt injury related then you should be fine, you may even be on for a personal best as the running muscles should be well rested. expect to feel some soreness 24-48hrs after tho.

good luck with the race.
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Old 10-14-05, 09:57 AM   #5
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Absolutely run the race. I can't say whether or not you'll be able to push your PB, but you'll probably learn a great deal by trying.

There's really only one way to find out the answer to your question.

Good luck!
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well i will let you guys know how the race goes...I figure I will do some light running in and maybe some interval work (nothing too hard, just to get my muscles to remember how to run fast) today and tomorrow and be good for the race on Sunday. The race is the UCSD miracle mile, I just heard about it or else I would have ran more often in preparation for the race. Thanks for all the advice guys.
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Old 10-23-05, 08:39 AM   #7
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Run! Try duathlons in the future. You would do well.
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