Friday, October 16, 2009

Biking vs Running

Since I have logged 3,000+ miles running and 35+ miles biking, I feel that I am now an expert on both and can provide my thoughts on the similarities and differences. Makes sense, right? Ha -riiiiiight.

I went on another bike ride yesterday, my second, for a total of 20 miles. I was able to average a bit higher mph (around 16.5 mph) mostly because I ran more red lights. Which brings me to my first difference: doing illegal things.

While running, I have NO problem with doing things illegal: I'll jaywalk, run through red lights, pee in public (during races... ok, and sometimes just normally), and will sometimes trespass to get to a good
running trail. BUT, while riding my bike, I am very conscious of not running red lights, always have my hands on 10 and 2, and still haven't figured out how to pee while riding - yet. Winner: Running.

Speed: While riding, you can cover a lot of ground in not a lot of time. I seem to be able to ride along at around 16 mph. However, even during my tempo runs I'll only average 8 mph. Just like a strung out meth-head, that means that I can cover loads of ground in not a lot of time. Of course, the one downside of all of that speed? Other than all of the bugs in your teeth - WIND! I didn't even think that what is a slight breeze at 7 mph would be a tongue wagging wind tunnel at 60 mph. While my tongue doesn't nearly wag like I was hoping at 16 mph (I tried), it does both keep me cool and slightly slow me down. Winner: Biking.

Lastly, one of the main differences that I've noticed is gear: While running I am a very fairly cheap simple runner. I 'need' whatever shorts that I have laying around, the cleaner the better, my running shoes, my Garmin, and my chest hair (singular) waiving in the breeze. I still wear *gasp* cotton socks and still only have two technical shirts that I've bought. On the other hand, like I said in an earlier post, biking requires a lot of gear. I need a bike (duh), a helmet, sunglasses, all SORTS of stuff to change a flat tire...not to mention the stuff that I didn't get like clippy shoes, padded shorts to not make my ass hurt, etc. Winner: running. But, I will admit, surfing bike websites for the latest gear is pretty fun!!

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Like I said before, overall my second bike ride went really well. I tried to ride to the closest Indian reservation so that I wouldn't feel so guilty about running a few red lights but I ran out of time. The res was around 13 miles one way from my house. (Near where it says "Sun Lakes" in the map below.) If I could figure out something to make my ass less sore, this weekend I may try to go the full distance!

8 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Biking in cold weather sucks ass. Advantage: RUNNING!

Believe said...

First time stopping by, wanted to say hey! :)

The Sean said...

I think that biking is a lot like prison, well, with the cold hard metal bars and the very sore ass. Of course, the only way to get beyond the pain in any case is to just go through it... sorry!

So is the blue bike a good choice or do you wish you had the red one, or maybe silver?

Michelle said...

I think biking in any weather is AWESOME!!!!

Advantage: BIKING!!!!

Hey, its fun, its movement and your digging it!!!!

Pat said...

The Sean is one funny dude. I might start biking, but then I might never run again.

Ulyana said...

Biking long distance hurts your butt, your sitbones, your lowerback at the beginning, and it takes a while to get used to it. Winner: Running since you don't have hard things pressing against your nether regions.

I know what you mean about gadgets. I felt guilty about my spontaneous bike purchase... had to buy hubby a guitar... and we are still not even, haha (he's not counting though, I'm the anal-retentive money-counter in the family).

RunnuRMark said...

Biking in Kansas during the winter - very uncool. Biking in AZ in the winter - nice. Running in Kansas during the summer - sucko. Biking OR running in AZ in the summer - death.

Advantage: it's a wash

Enjoy those nice long rides during your "cool" months. Wish I could do the same!

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