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Why I'm not a runner...

Old 10-21-07, 08:54 AM
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Why I'm not a runner...

Just back from watching some of the Amsterdam Marathon at the 4km to go point.

I missed the top runners (was out riding) but managed to see the half Marathon participants, and the stragglers from the full Marathon.

As impressed as I was (for some reason I don't mid the running equivalent of Freds) I couldn't help but think: running is for the birds.

I suppose the searing image of a slightly chubby middle aged man wearing a white long sleeve shirt with two scarlet red circles where his nipples confirmed it.

So, in short -

the Cons - Bloody nipples.

the Pros - running definitely has the edge over cycling when it comes to attractive women.


Thoughts?
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Old 10-21-07, 08:58 AM
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We need to start a free bike drive for attractive female runners. Duh.
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The only thing I envy about running is the notable lack of crap you have to have. (booties, gloves, helmet, shoes, pump your tires, mix your bottles, three layers of clothing, oil your chain, find a decent route.)

and the women.
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Birds fly and only run to get the worm ... much in the same way cyclists ride and only run to get to the front of the capuchino line ahead of their buddies.

Running can be as much fun as cycling, but you have to do it regularly and never further then 15 km's at a time ... and always with your local women's running club/team in close proximity.

Personally I run because it's a better workout in a shorter amount of time, the "enjoyment" factor wasn't discovered till after the fact.

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I am a runner by nature, ran a few marathons in high school (sophomore in college now), an I can say that bloody nipples are not an issue for people who know what's up,
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Originally Posted by EventServices View Post
The only thing I envy about running is the notable lack of crap you have to have. (booties, gloves, helmet, shoes, pump your tires, mix your bottles, three layers of clothing, oil your chain, find a decent route.)

and the women.
+1... on both counts.

Even with the ability to run or ride out my back door, running consists of making the decision to run, putting on shoes/shorts/t-shirt, and heading out the door. It's a great alternative when time is tight.

And the MUP I usually run on goes right by the University of Maryland campus, and I find that eye candy is a powerful energy fuel.
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Many road riders are former runners, distance runners. Or runners who ride as well. Cross training is good and I think even some bike coaches say the same. This is good for the sport of cycling. Another good is the spin classes. These spinners will also some day cross over to road riding. Again, good for the sport of cycling.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
Just back from watching some of the Amsterdam Marathon at the 4km to go point.

I missed the top runners (was out riding) but managed to see the half Marathon participants, and the stragglers from the full Marathon.

As impressed as I was (for some reason I don't mid the running equivalent of Freds) I couldn't help but think: running is for the birds.

I suppose the searing image of a slightly chubby middle aged man wearing a white long sleeve shirt with two scarlet red circles where his nipples confirmed it.

So, in short -

the Cons - Bloody nipples.

the Pros -
running definitely has the edge over cycling when it comes to attractive women.


Thoughts?
Correct.

Like others I tend to run when all the time I have is lunch to work out. I plan on running more this winter, but nothing will ever get close to cycling.

I would never ditch 1/2 a season just to train for a marathon....right aham?

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Originally Posted by botto View Post
the Pros - running definitely has the edge over cycling when it comes to attractive women.
Further to the recent 'what do they talk about on running forums?' thread, here's LetsRun.com's hotness thread...

(with a worryingly large number of links to photos that look like they're from a high school track meet)

I think we're more amusing when we bicker over here. Their bickering is kinda lame.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
Correct.

Like others I tend to run when all the time I have is lunch to work out. I plan on running more this winter, but nothing will ever get close to cycling.

I would never ditch 1/2 a season just to train for a marathon....right aham?

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a friend of mine skipped out on our saturday off-season training ride yesterday.

he was running the half marathon today. he did it in 1:12:29
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Running is a good option when you're busy. An hour and fifteen minutes of running is a pretty rigorous workout, to get a comparable workout on a bike you'd probably tag on an extra 45 minutes or so.
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Another reason is that old cyclists don't need to have their knees rebuilt.
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Just remember, we aren't all fat guys with bloody nipples. I believe that running is the most natural of sports, something that we were inherently meant to do, but something that most people (especially in America) will not do - ever.

As mentioned above, it is MUCH cheaper than cycling, only $100 every two months or so, but can become expensive with winter clothing, which can be upwards of $300-400 if you get good tights, jackets, shirts, heaband/beanie, etc.

It is also very hard on the body, especially for beginners to intermediate runners. Once you get the right biomechanics down, which is very hard to do if you are not born with them, then you get injured fairly rarely, and can maintain a high level of mileage. I had to take a hiatus from running because of an IT band injury, and took up cycling during that time. I find that I like cycling, but I still absolutely love running. So Im back at it now with a vengeance, at about 65 miles a week, building to 80.

And yes, we have some hotties .
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Well if you really want to participate in a sport with lots of hot women take up ice skating.
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You're a troll. Next time post in FOO.
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I used to be a runner and one advantage of cycling is less injuries (assuming you don't crash), its much easier to get an injury by running.

Also, i like cycling more because its more tactical than running. In a cycling race you can draft off of people and attack at certain times, but in a running race you just......run. Sure there are tactics in running too but they arent as critical as they are in a cycling race.
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You're a troll. Next time post in FOO.
As long as we're giving free advice, why not go back to the 50+ Fred forum where you belong.

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Well if you really want to participate in a sport with lots of hot women take up ice skating.
Or competitive ballroom dancing. (not a sport, of course, despite their claims)
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I run from time to time when I have no other choice.
One of the main thing I like about cycling is the ability to cover large distances. My weak ankle makes that impossible when running.
I did a 1\2 marathon last spring and had my arse handed to me. I'm just not built for running and have no patience for it.
If forced to take up another sport I think swimming would be more my speed.
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Originally Posted by spatz View Post
Birds fly and only run to get the worm ... much in the same way cyclists ride and only run to get to the front of the capuchino line ahead of their buddies.

Running can be as much fun as cycling, but you have to do it regularly and never further then 15 km's at a time ... and always with your local women's running club/team in close proximity.

Personally I run because it's a better workout in a shorter amount of time, the "enjoyment" factor wasn't discovered till after the fact.

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I wished I could run, however last time I did my shins hurt like a buggar as did my ankles...
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45 minutes of running on the dirt trail from my house for me is equivalent to riding my bike for 5 hours, but that includes an hour off the bike posing at the cafe.

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the Pros - running definitely has the edge over cycling when it comes to attractive women.
So true. Too bad I hate running.
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Originally Posted by joecool2727 View Post
I used to be a runner and one advantage of cycling is less injuries (assuming you don't crash), its much easier to get an injury by running.

Also, i like cycling more because its more tactical than running. In a cycling race you can draft off of people and attack at certain times, but in a running race you just......run. Sure there are tactics in running too but they arent as critical as they are in a cycling race.
Have you ever seen an olympic 10,000 meter race?
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Whatever. We'll have all you guys in the Triathlon forum before you know it.

Especially Botto.




Actually, the Modern Pentathlon girls tend to be rather fit. They train with my tri club for running and swimming and last year one of the guys in our club staged a takeover bid, trying to get all the attractive pentathlon ladies over to tris. And everyone loves a woman who can ride a horse, shoot, and handle pointy objects.
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Originally Posted by PDay View Post
Have you ever seen an olympic 10,000 meter race?
No not a 10k.....but ive watched 5k's and marathons that had olympic athletes in it. I realize there are plenty of tactics i just think its more critical to cycling.
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