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Cross training as a runner(5 posts)

Cross training as a runnerKurt H
Oct 27, 2002 5:42 AM
Hey folks,
The wife is trying to convince me to run a half marathon with her in April. I was originally hoping to ride a brevet series around the same time (April and May). I was wondering if there are any potential problems with cross training into running with her. I figured the extra cardio could only help my cycling endurance (assuming enough rest time during the training), but wondered if the physiological effect of all of the running could potentially hinder my cycling? As a side note, I am NOT hoping for a high placing in the half marathon since I'm not a great runner, I am just hoping to train in the endurance to finish. Any thoughts?
You'll be finePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 27, 2002 6:58 AM
I'd recommend it for cross training. The extra volume will also help your cycling. There is nothing wrong with running as a cyclist and if anything it can help by increasing your hip flexor/hamstring strength. Just make sure to ease your body into how much you run and get proper running shoes.

re: Cross training as a runnerTREKY
Oct 27, 2002 8:54 AM
As a former runner who has done more than his share of races and training I can't emphasize enough about the importance of proper type and fit of your running shoes.

As in cycling their are countless manufacturers and models to choose from.They all tend to fit a little differant.They are also designed for different running styles and strides.
Make sure you go to a running shoe store and not a general shoe store or sporting goods store.The people who work at running stores are runners themselves and will be able to analyze your stride and foot strike to steer you towards the proper design of shoe.From there it's up to you to find the most comfortable fit.Remember if they aren't comfortable to walk in then you don't want to run in them.Running will only magnify any poor fit or discomfort.

Good luck with the training.Keep your mileage increases very conservative to allow your body to adapt to the differant stresses it will be under.
I think I need to add some detailsKurt H
Oct 27, 2002 10:26 AM
Thank you for the responses so far. Let me mention that before I started cycling, I ran 4-5 times per week, but usually 3-4 miles per run. Five miles was a pretty long run for me then and I don't run nearly as much now, so I'm looking at a pretty good stretch in distance to get to 13. However, I still buy my shoes (replacing them regularly) from a running specific store (Run for Your Life in Charlotte), who take a look at the wear patterns on my previous shoes and make sure I get the right fit and motion control elements that I need.
So no worries there, it's just a matter of whether all the extra distance will hurt my cycling, especially the distance cycling I plan to do next spring.
re: Cross training as a runnerCartman
Oct 27, 2002 4:32 PM
You'll be fine. I did 4 triathlons and a duathlon this summer, one of which was olympic distance 1.3k swim, 34k bike, 10k (6.1mile) run. On top of that a charity ride from DC to Boston and a century. Mixing it up is good for the body.