Beginning Cycling for a Beginning Runner
May 17, 2014 11:01 AM Subscribe
I am a beginning runner looking for ways to add cycling to my workout routine.
posted by rossination to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been running every other day for a few weeks now, and I'm really enjoying it. I'm not in great shape but I am still seeing steady improvement. I'm on week 6 of the Zombies Run 5k* app and am jogging for 45 minutes per workout, usually going about 4 miles. I am training (very casually) for the Chicago 10k in August, and I have a 5k fun run / walk in a few weeks. My main goal is just to exercise for general heart health - I don't have any specific weight loss or speed goals.
I'm trying to run 3 times a week, but my shins hurt if I run more than every two days. I'd like to incorporate cycling into my exercises, since I know it's generally a lot easier on the body. I have a hybrid bike that I pretty much just ride for casual rides around town. Is there anything specific I should be doing when I go out and ride? Should I just try to ride 45 minutes or so on my non-running days? Googling "cycling for runners" sends me to articles like this
that tell I should be cycling "hard"... but I'm not really sure what that means for me. Am I over-thinking this?
I do have a heart rate monitor, if there's any way I can use this to my advantage.
*Incidentally, I got back into running when I read this AskMe question by carbide.