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Running vs Cycling- Alone vs With Someone

Aggie_Ama2010-05-01 19:48:45 +0000 #1
I have recently rededicated myself to running and found I am really enjoying it again. When we first moved to the area I always went with DH and found I no longer loved running, I loathed heading to the little trail we have. This week I have been three days alone and loved running. When I was really into running before (4-5 days a week of 3-6 miles each run) I always went alone. Right now I am really slow (11 minute miles, I used to do 8 minute miles) but I am happy when I am out for a run. Last time I tried to get back into running I was bummed when running.

I find it weird that for running I crave nothing more than alone time but I do not enjoy cycling alone. I think it might be because with running I was marginally good before and running with DH just means he smokes me because he is a natural athlete. Cycling has always been for the sights and sounds and distance but I have never been about the speed. Running I just get in the zone of pounding the trail and counting laps (it is only .8 miles).

Anyone else like this? It almost seems like you would enjoy company all the time but maybe it is the difference in running being somewhat controlled? The trail is next to the fire station and the park is busy, I feel safe. No flats on running shoes, no crazy drivers. Just random fly balls from little league and the occasional non-poisonous snake.


katluvr2010-05-01 19:56:32 +0000 #2
Totally agree.

Running is a solitary thing and I enjoy just plodding along at my slow pace.

Biking is more social. I don't enjoy just going out alone. I also like drafting...that may be why I prefer to cycle with a friend!
Kimmyt2010-05-01 20:03:12 +0000 #3
I really enjoy running by myself, although I am lucky in that my fiancee is pretty close in level to me so on the rare occasion we run together, neither person gets smoked. However, I'm a morning runner, he is a mid-day (ugh) runner, so we really don't run together that often, and I'm not complaining. Some days when I need motivation for a long run, I try and get him to come with me, even if for just a few miles, but once I get out there I enjoy being by myself. Of course, not that I've been doing much running recently, being injured.

I also bike alot by myself, but I find that more frustrating than soothing, just because when you ride with a group it is easier to push yourself I find than when you ride by yourself and are having a bad day.
OakLeaf2010-05-01 20:09:15 +0000 #4
I'm the same way, but I don't know the reason.

My speeds are moderate for both running and cycling - too fast for the slow group, too slow for the fast group ; and while I used to be a pretty fair cyclist, I'm a faster runner now than I've ever been before. When I'm home, the road I live on is safer for cycling than it is for running, IMO; when I'm traveling, I often don't know the neighborhoods I'm running in, so safety isn't the reason, either. I enjoy a brisk paceline, but I'd rather ride with others even on the hill rides when there's little or no drafting.

Maybe it's the simple fact that it's easier for people with slightly different paces to accommodate each other on wheels, than it is on foot. Or that running is always about getting a workout, whereas cycling may or may not be.
anakiwa2010-05-01 21:34:27 +0000 #5
I agree- there's something different about the 2 sports- especially when it comes to longer rides/runs. I enjoy running with other people, but have always done most of my running alone and am perfectly happy doing a 3 hr run by myself (at least when I'm in shape that is). With cycling, shorter rides on my own are fine- but if I'm going to be out there for more than an hour I want companionship.
Fujichants2010-05-01 20:27:00 +0000 #6
I love running alone as well. When I run with somebody, I get competitive and pick up the pace and get annoyed when they look better/don't tire out/go faster and then I end up beating myself up for sucking so much. At least when I run alone, I can focus on myself.

I hate cycling by myself. It sucks when you have a strong headwind, and it sucks when you are on a busy road alone. Plus, it is so much easier to just turn around and ride back home (or to the car) if you go out alone. At least for me.

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