Eek, thanks so much for so many lovely comments about running the Boston marathon, I am so excited! I’m hoping to make some vlogs about my training (as I was planning to do for Tokyo) as I’ve got some awesome locations for my long runs over the next few months. Is there anything in particular you guys would like to see? I’ll definitely be filming in Boston too!! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel here.
I had planned this blog post about cycling and the benefits for runners in advance of another London tube strike as the bike was going to be my mode of transport around the city, however it thankfully got called off.
I’m running a lot higher mileage this training cycle than ever before, but I’m still worried about my fitness levels, which is why I’m adding some cycling to my commute and routine.
How Cycling Could Help Runners
- It’s a great low impact cardio workout, giving your joints a break from the constant pounding on the road or trails whilst still improving your fitness levels (if you push the pace/route!). It also has a quicker recovery time than running.
- Cycling is perfect for active recovery – I usually have an easy run the day after a long run to shake the legs out and flush our the lactate, however this could easily be swapped for a bike ride or cycle commute to increase blood flow and ease you back into the training week.
- Increase your cadence both on the bike and on the run, world class marathoners have a leg turnover of 180 steps per minute – you can improve yours by trying to average 90rpm on the bike.
- You’ll work complementary muscles, improving your leg and core strength, as well as making you a more efficient, faster runner!
I have a lot of friends that love cycling, and each summer we take on a girls cycling adventure, last year it was to Amsterdam, the previous year it was to Paris. I need to improve my confidence, as well as my speed and strength on the bike.
I also thought getting back on the bike would be a good way of meeting new people in cycling mad Henley! I’m going with a group for a ride and cake on Saturday – if you’re around the Henley area come and join us! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!