I didn’t believe it, but cycling and runnig are really two different sports. Despite they are both endurance sports, they use different muscle groups.
Last year I decided, to run a marathon and thought: “How hard could that be? I ride 200K in under 7 hours.”
So I planned a marathon for June this year. I started trainiag for it in March and guess what: I made fast progress till a certain point. This was the 30Km-Marker. Runs that where longer than this hurted my body, joints and muscles. I thought, that I will adapt in this short time, but it didn’t really happen.
After every long run, I needed almost four days of recovery and even didn’t got this supercompensational effect. I wasn’t getting better. Nonetheless i ran this marathon and I also ran in my target time of under four hours. Pain, mental freakout and body destroying pure.
So what’s the difference for me?
- running takes longer to adapt to. You shouldn’t run a marathon after three month of training, but you could ride a gran fondo.
- running uses more calories. Most of the time a good thing unless you are already under 10% bodyfat.
- I can’t run efficient to and from work. The distance (50Km a day) is simply too long.
- since there’s a lot of impact force, you have a higher risk of injury
- it’s a lot cheaper than cycling
- You can do it everywhere
- You won’t get Osteopenie (there’s an 80% chance for dedicated cyclists, to get this disease)
My conclusion therefore: Running is a very useful sport as crosstraining. But not in the same amount as cycling for me.
Do you run?