Running vs cycling

I have injured my heel while running and so have had to abandon this activity for the past few days while I hobble around and hope it gets better soon. This has been disappointing because I was starting to semi-enjoy running. Not wanting to become slothful, I decided to head out on my creaky old bicycle instead. So for the past few evenings I’ve been cycling for the purposes of exercise only – this is something new for me since I have only ever cycled in order to get from A to B.

Getting out on my bike again has reminded me how much fun cycling is and how superior it is to running as a form of exercise. It is gentler on the body for a start – no jarring of joints or thumping of heels on concrete pavements. It is also fun. The up-hills are tough but the down-hills are exhilarating and not unlike the fun of a roller coaster ride. They are wheeeeee!

It is not quite as good a workout for cardiovascular fitness as running is but it’s a better workout for leg muscles. I have felt the strength in my legs fading away since saying goodbye to Busby but these past few days I’ve felt some of that return. I’d rather have the strength training and the free transportation and the not having to make an effort to exercise simply because this is my form of transport and all those wheeeees than to be stuck in my car day in day out – with a daddy long legs too! – and to then have to find time in the evenings to go out and run up and down hills and injure myself. I am a commuter cyclist through and through. I just wish cities around the world would make it easier for people like me to stay fit and healthy.

7 Replies to “Running vs cycling”

  1. I think you are right about cycling being better for your joints.  I do prefer the way running makes me feel like I have really exercised hard though and just wish it didn’t come with all the jarring aches and pains that I tend to get – I only run once a week now because of that.

    Hope your heel gets better soon.


    1. Yes, running does give the satisfying feeling of having done a really good workout. I might keep it up when we move back to the UK for that reason but not everyday.

  2. I think I’d enjoy cycling more than running. I’ve never run in my life except when I was very young. Isn’t that shocking?

    I saw a woman in her sixties today cycling through the city. She looked as though she was travelling home from work. I should have given her the thumbs up.

    I hope your heel heals soon.

    By the way, I like your new masthead. Smart!

    1. Thanks, Bronwyn. I saw some new WordPress themes and this one appealed to me so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m seeing the physio this morning about my heel btw.

  3. For guys, cycling is said to put pressure on the tender regions which can lead to problems due to interruption of strategic blood flow in a protected area. As I’m ‘getting on’ and have been finding cycling more of an irritation, I happened on a deal on a used recumbent bicycle. I don’t know much about the claims of speed and touring superiority as of yet ( and may never ) but it was worth the exorbitant price of admission just to have such a comfortable seat…an inducement both in use and as a chair for resting from my labours.

    1. Hi John,

      I’ve seen those recumbent bikes – there were a few in York when we were there – and they did look very comfortable but I wondered whether they were harder to pedal? I’m glad to the hear the crown jewels are being looked after though 🙂

  4. They are a bit weird to get going. To start, you hold the brake to keep from rolling until pressure from your leg actually is making it to the pedal. And your weight is not available to transfer extra power for hill climbing, so for me I find I’m a wuss on hills. Walking it up is often my preferred method…though I will sprint to the hill. But on reasonably level terrain I find it easy going, helped by the fact there is no pain in the maximus glutinous.

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