When I got into C25k it was part of a drive to improve my health and to start to "repair" the damage done through my 20's and 30's. So, to mix it up a bit I decided that as well as teaching myself to run, I really should look at increasing overall excercise...
I've always loved cycling & last year I bought myself yet another mountain bike, which again spent its first year gathering dust in my garage - but now as my base fitness improves I thought it would be good to get out on it.
Also managed to get my wife a nice shiny brand new bike for her 40th in April & so we have both taken to cycling the tow paths on my rest day - and last couple of times taking our eldest (11) along too - it's nothing too strenuous, just a nice gentile pace, getting the legs going & raising the heart rate kind of ride.
Well last night I thought I would clock the route on endomondo, not only for distance, but also calories & to kind of set a starting level. and blow me - we cycled for 14km in 01:24:15 - so not much faster than my average running speed - what surprised me the most was the 500 calories burned up... I was also amazed at how much easier I find riding now, my legs are putting down some real power since running.
And a slight side effect too, as it's a good way to encourage blood to flow through the leg muscles and means they can repair quicker and stronger so I should be able to run for longer too ....
Happy Running (and cross training too)