The question has come around a little more frequently now days… I don’t mind….
“Do you like running or cycling more?”
I don’t know. I mean, each one is it’s own kinda brutal animal.
Running… I totally identify as a runner… a freaking currently wounded one… but a runner none the less. This is a sport that demands as much from me physically as it does mentally. Truth be known, I love the physical demands of it.
Running molded and shaped me in a way nothing ever had. It built a ferocious confidence that I could take on the world… maybe I should say distance running did that to me. The discipline, sacrifice and drive that comes with distance running.. nothing compares to it.
In some ways, you come to understand things about yourself out there on the road in that solitude. Those early morning runs, before the sun comes up, are often the most soul revealing times I’ve experienced.
Running has taught me about strength, perseverance, dedication, determination, and sacrifice. It has shown me I’m stronger and more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined about my abilities. It not only shaped my body, but my mind.
Running… if it needs stated…. is hard.
Yeah, you get stronger and it starts to feel “easier” in some ways but there is always a big physical demand required from your body. Ha, and it’s always those first few miles that leave you thinking… why??? and then… I get in my “zone” and my body just takes over and settles into what it’s been trained for and there’s this … high.. that comes from that.
If you run, you get it. If you don’t, I can’t really explain it to you.
I’m hungry to get back to it.
Then there’s cycling. It came in a most subtle way to my life. A side project. Something to do occasionally when I wasn’t on foot. Another form of cross training for me for running.
When the injury kept me from running, it was a no brainer to pick up more on the bike. These past few months it’s become my solace and outlet for what I can’t get from running.
It’s given me the miles I crave and certainly at a much faster speed than being on foot. It’s offered new challenges and goals. I’ve found that the strength my body built from running has made cycling a rather seamless, easy move for me. I realized I’m kinda good at it and figure with more practice I could be fairly competitive out there.
Of course, riding a machine has it’s own “challenges” over just taking my body out on the road and running. Cycling, you get a little rest time at some points, whereas running, you’re on your feet going with no time to take it easy. Both sports demand much physically.
But what I love most? It’s put me back into an endurance sport again. Maybe it’s a sickness? But I love training and putting in long miles.. seriously there’s nothing I look forward to more than a long training ride or run.
I just love the feeling of pouring myself into it and the tired, but exhilarating feeling that comes after I’m done.
Hello everyone I may be an endurance sport junkie. Get her some help 😛
So the question… what do I like best?
I’m in love with both now.
I embrace the challenges that go along with each sport and appreciate the different aspects of them. I mean, really, why settle with just one ? 😉
I look forward to training into both and hopefully doing a duathlon which molds both seamlessly together.
It’s a good fit for me.. I look forward to seeing what I can accomplish in the future in the world of cycling AND running.
Tell me… do you prefer one over the other? What is your favorite athletic activity?