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What's happening to me? Need muscle recovery info...(10 posts)

What's happening to me? Need muscle recovery info...Kristin
Aug 25, 2001 7:11 PM
I'm turning into some kinda monster. Stranded inside all day b/c of storms, I finally went for a walk in at 6pm. This turned into a run. Now, I don't run--ever, and I didn't stretch. I had an insatable desire to run, so I ran. I did 1 mile straight and knew I was in trouble when I stopped. My quads killed. I'm on ice right now. Climbing stairs is painful (and not good kind of pain either). Heres the deal, I had intended to ride at least 50 miles tomorrow. Would that be dumb? Should I even attempt it or are my legs fried? I'm not sure what I even did.
re: What's happening to me? Need muscle recovery info...STEELYeyed
Aug 25, 2001 7:41 PM
You just used muscles that you havn't used for a while,I had the same thing happen when I started running again this year,and I have noticed that running really has helped my strength and endurance when climbing out of the saddle,it must use the same muscle groups I guess,I would go ahead and do the ride if you can get on the bike,it should loosen you up if you don't overdo it.
re: What's happening to me? Need muscle recovery info...DINOSAUR
Aug 25, 2001 9:13 PM
I used to be an advid runner and I decided to give running a go again last winter. I developed all kinds of problems with my knees in very short order. Running is an impact, weight bearing sport as opposed to cycling. If and ever I should decide to start running again I'm going to start out with a good solid three week walking program to start out. I'd go ahead and try the ride, but make sure and warm up first with a lot of spinning.
I used to be a big runner ...bianchi boy
Aug 26, 2001 5:46 AM
Cycling was my second choice. Running and cycling definitely use different muscle groups and put different stresses on your joints, etc. As a runner, I was great on hills. As a biker, I struggle on hills. However, cycling helps distance runners by building up their quads. It's also a good recovery aerobic exercise for runners. I used to figure that 1 mile running was equivalent to about 3-4 miles biking. So your 1 mile run was like doing a short but intense bike ride, like intervals.

I wouldn't worry about the bike ride. You might be a little slow starting out, and you might feel your quads more on the hills, but it probably didn't fry your legs. Do some stretches before you ride; that ought to help more than anything. I quit running because it was ruining my joints. It is generally more intense exercise for the amount of time involved than cycling, for all the pounding your body takes if nothing else. I think cycling burns as many calories for the time involved, however, which is what I care about most now. It also is a lot easier on your body -- assuming you don't crash, or get hit by a car, or bit by a dog, etc.
I used to be a big runner ...Jon Billheimer
Aug 26, 2001 7:50 AM
Totally agree with all the above. I'm a converted runner too. One reason, among several, that you're sore is that running involves what are called eccentric contractions. That is you are putting muscles (quads) under load when they're in a lengthened state (e.g. when you land at the end of a stride). There's nothing that produces initial muscle soreness quicker than eccentric loading. But you'll get over it! Now go ride, but take it easy.
That makes sense...Kristin
Aug 27, 2001 6:08 AM
John, thanks for the info about eccentric contractions. This is good to know and makes sense. My quads hurt in different places than they do after a hard workout on the bike.
The ride will probably help nmdavidl
Aug 26, 2001 12:17 PM
re: What's happening to me? Need muscle recovery info...harlett
Aug 26, 2001 1:33 PM
this is a good explanation of muscle pain.
the chinese muscle oil from oriental herb is GREAT stuff and something I use for centuries and double centuries and when I just over do it.
swimming is also one the best ways of loosening up tight sore muscles. I use swimming as the third leg of my better SOON!!!!
re: What's happening to me? Need muscle recovery info...TiDie
Aug 26, 2001 4:43 PM
Definitly go out and do that ride. It will make your legs feel a lot better. I had done some running a few years back and after a 2 mile run my legs were pretty sore. They were still sore the next day till I went for a ride. After that they were as good as new.
Aug 27, 2001 6:00 AM
Pain is my word for the day! Wow, do I hurt. Thanks for all the info. The reason I was so concerned about the muscle pain is that it began immediatly after I stopped running. My first steps at a walking pace were quite painful. I didn't cramp--it felt more like 2nd day soreness--only a day too soon. Anywho. I did ride 44 miles on Sunday. Gave myself 12 miles to warm up before increasing the intesity. I was okay while on the bike, but as soon as I dismounted, I was in pain again. More ice and ibuprofin. Today, I think I'll give myself the day off. I earned it!