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Anyone here run in the winter?(11 posts)

Anyone here run in the winter?Fez
Dec 2, 2002 2:37 PM
Anyone run in the winter time since my motivation to ride gets killed real easy with short days, extreme cold, wind, and wet roads.

I find running gives a great aerobic workout and I don't get nearly as cold. Can only handle an hour per day, due to the boredom and the high impact.
I'm going to start. If for no other reason than to mix it up aeyebob
Dec 2, 2002 3:54 PM
bit. Sitting on the trainer is already boring me to tears. I only run for about 1/2 hour. Anything more kills my urge to go again. Funny thing, I used to play a lot (and I mean a lot) of hoops when I was a bit younger but I hadn't done any real running for about 10 years and I went out once this summer, just 2.2 miles and I swear that I couldn't walk straight for about two days. It's funny to expeience exactly how different muscle groups work. Cycling works one group, running another.

I had the runs last winter...... -nmgrzy
Dec 2, 2002 4:22 PM
Ouch. nmMB1
Dec 2, 2002 5:15 PM
re: Anyone here run in the winter?serbski
Dec 2, 2002 4:30 PM
I'm actually new to cycling as I'm a long-time runner who has been forced by nagging injury to cross-train but I say keep up with the running! It *is* higher impact but you can really keep the fitness level cranked during winter and it comes in handy when time/daylight are at a premium. Also, you may find that your fitness even improves by stressing your body in ways to which it is not accustomed (as cycling has done for my running fitness). Have fun.
How about snowshoeing?Souxsie
Dec 2, 2002 8:20 PM
Supposedly snowshoeing works cycling-specific muscles if you're on hilly, off-road trails and is less impactful than regular running. In my opinion it would be less monotonous than running the road.

Of course, you have to have some snow...
re: Anyone here run in the winter?scruffyduncan
Dec 3, 2002 2:15 AM
i'm giving it a go, I find after 40 mins of running I have that feeling i used to get after a hard ride. (Un)fortunately I have to work much harder to get exhausted on the bike now.
YupEager Beagle
Dec 3, 2002 4:18 AM
Always have. These days I tend to run slower and longer to burn fat, and to avoid the knee pain that comes with shorter faster runs. I try to avoid roads at all times (same reason) and probably like off-road hills the best (using the word "like" in a very peculiar sense).

I don't actually find that it helps my cycling at all, other than keeping the weight off a bit.

Top tip. Get a decent L.E.D. torch - they are great for running at night without chewing up loads of batteries. I find that running at night is better for the boredom problem, as the concentration and lack of appreciation of the (relative to cycling) slow rate at which you cover the ground are masked, and you are less aware of running the same old trails, as the small stuff you can see on the path - puddles, branches etc - always changes.
Did in the past, until I ended up with a large stress fractureRhodyRider
Dec 3, 2002 6:24 AM
in my right tibia last April. That was it for regular running. Now I mainly stick to rollers and the ubiquitous "elliptical" machine at my Y. If you simply have to run, get the best possible running shoes you can find (New Balance seems to have the most options) and whenever possible, run on something more "forgiving" than asphalt and/or concrete. As mundane and hamster-like as treadmills are, the good ones have a "soft" deck that will save you a lot of pain.
Running is almost a daily activity.Juanmoretime
Dec 3, 2002 6:58 AM
I went from a runner to multisport, so running for me is a year around activity. I usually get in about 2,000 a year. This year a couple of injuries has that at less. The key is to get properly fitted with the right shoes although there are some individuals that where not built to run. Start slowly until your joints and connective tissue are conditioned for the activity. The first couple of weeks I would mix walking breaks into your run and look to run by time verses distance. 20 minutes three times a week is a good start.
Yes, I hate it!High Gear
Dec 3, 2002 3:51 PM
But it's great for burning the cals.