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I've always hated running but lately with decent miles for the winter months in the UK I've started to wonder about doing a mini TRI next year to cross it off the list, so I started running last week only 2 miles but being 40 and 6ft 2" my body doesn't like pounding.
but then IT hit me maybe its good for breathing ? as your panting and trying to control it more.
Don't get me wrong I'm starting slowly 7.5mph per mile but I really don't want blown calfs again or sore shines.
my plan is 2x3 miles per week only too mix things up
what ya think ?
Running will help in other ways, i.e. general fitness.
If you really want to work on your breathing do yoga.
Or swim.prebsy wrote:If you really want to work on your breathing do yoga.
Running won't do much for breathing, it'll improve muscle strength (diaphragm and other core muscles) but won't directly stop you puffing and panting.
Swimming will, cos if you puff and pant, you'll drown.
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Never underestimate the benefits of a solid yoga session.
Not to mention the impact of running is a good thing for the holistic health view. Just manage the corresponding load and possible DOMS with your "regular" training.
FWIW I do a trail run about every two weeks 1) because I like it 2) as much as I love cycling I may have to ambulate myself at some point in a rapid bipedal fashion, and would like to do it without looking like a new-born foal.
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I thought a gentle run twice a week nothing more than 3 miles a time would, mix things up nicely and maybe help.
I agree on the yoga its hard work and probably the hardest workout available
Keep it going and work your way up to an 8-10K run in no time. I'm 39 and 6'2" (started this season at 100kilos) and do 5 milers every 3rd-4th day with cycling 2 times between and a rest day, usually ride (40-80 miles), ride (20-40 miles), run (8-10Km), REST, repeat. SO far so good and I've dropped a ton of weight (have not weighed myself yet but everything's fitting baggy and my belt line shrunk an inch already). Targeting a 10K in April in under 40 minutes and want to podium at least once this season (target a sub 190lbs weight by then as anything below doesn't look healthy with our height, plus I still hit the weights).
Best thing you can do is get good running shoes. You dont want to loose a toe nail or get blisters, knee pain etc from bad shoes and bad form.
For me, yoga is probably the most helpful breathing exercise I've come across. It has greatly improved my ability to control my breathing on the bike.
Imaking20 wrote:bike fitness helps running fitness more than visa-versa
For me (and a few of my friends) it seems to be the other way around. Cycling can really take the "zing" out of your legs you need for efficient running. I'd reckon it has to do with the fact that running benefits a lot from the "spring effect" in muscles, where you load them up when you put weigh on the leg, and some of that energy is returned at the end of the stride. In cycling you don't need any of that, it's just about the power output, no (or very little little?) reactivity required.
Anyway agreed that running uphill helps cycling a lot more than on the flat. The steeper, the better the translation of training.
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