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Running.......Good or Bad?(8 posts)

Running.......Good or Bad?Mod5Man
Sep 22, 2002 5:39 PM
I just stared running xc for my high school and was curoius if it is good cross training and is generally good for me. My biker friend tells me that I am just blowing out my knees (lol), but I was just wondering what people have to say about running and training with it.
I use jogging for x-training in winter...biknben
Sep 22, 2002 5:56 PM
Running isn't the best form of cross training for cycling but it won't hurt. You'd get more cycling benefit from rollerblading or x-c skiing. I do it because it's easy and cheap. Pair of sneakers, and I'm out the door. Any time of day, the sidewalk is always there.

The comment made about blown knees isn't too off base. All runners continue until the point that their knees give them problems. It's heard too often to be ignored.
re: Running.......Good or Bad?kinger
Sep 22, 2002 5:58 PM
I do a good bit of trail running throughout the year. I find that an easy 4-5 mile trail run is a very good active recovery day for me. I tend to take Monday as a full day off of the bike or running but I usually throw in an active recovery/running day on Friday's. It works different leg muscles so it gives them a bit of a break and it seems to work for me.
Sep 23, 2002 1:52 AM
At your age (high school) anything you can do to build up cardio vascular fitness is good. High school athletes don't have to be sport specific yet (you will live a long time). Top level endurance athletes take years to train, so take advantage of the opportunity to compete in a great sport, and build some fitness. Cross country is the most difficult sport offered in high school. It makes football players look like pansies.
Sep 23, 2002 10:56 AM
"Cross country is the most difficult sport offered in high school." In my opinion, it's wrestling. Probably just a slow twitch/fast twist dispute, but I have never felt so tired in all my years as I did when I wrestled in high school.
Sep 23, 2002 4:18 AM
However, some guys claim it screws up their spin.
I like it, but I don't compete at cycling or running.dzrider
Sep 23, 2002 5:53 AM
I can't speak to any effects, positive or negative for competitive athletes, but I do go back and forth between running and cycling. Like an earlier poster my preference is for running on trails for the softer surface and varied foot strike which is easier on my feet, knees and legs. Running keeps my cardio-vascular fitness up with less of a time commitment than cycling and uses the legs so differently that it's great recovery work on the days after long, hard rides. I find running way more pleasant than riding on rainy days with no extra time spent cleaning my bike and no bundling up in expensive clothing in cold weather. At my age, any exercise that I do is good!
Berry good. (nm)DeRanger
Sep 23, 2002 10:43 AM