I came to c25k as a cyclist who had become unfit. My body is comfortable cycling and although I didn't seem to have lost fitness in that area of my life, I was getting out of breath walking especially on hills and stairs. I think for me there are some fundamental differences between running and cycling, so I'd be interested in what other people think of this. Running feels much more like a discipline, and I think this means I need to be careful how I approach it considering I'm used to being a bit more gung-ho with my cycling. However, since becoming a runner, I am starting to see the similarities a lot more too, and there's definitely lots to learn from my new running discipline that I can apply to cycling now. All my similarities and differences are listed below, please let me know your thoughts. By the way, for me cycling is often combined with a purpose, i.e. it's transport to get somewhere and do something, whereas I realise for others it may be more purely a leisure or exercising activity. This may add an interesting angle to my differences and similarities...
Cycling - honestly I'll cycle in anything even barefoot. Been known to cycle in high heels even.
Running - after week 1 of c25k I bought proper Karrimor running shoes. I now wear double layer socks too.
Cycling - as long as I don't wear a rucksack or unnecessary layers then it's not a sweaty activity for me.
Running - I sweat even in winter - there's no way I could run over to a friend's house for tea, for example, they'd be horrified!
Cycling - my pannier is king and contains all my wordly possessions. Extra things held on with bungees.
Running - carry as little as possible. My running belt just has my phone and keys.
Cycling - lots: glasses, helmet, high-vis belt, high-vis trouser clip, lights, locks, bungees, pannier, water bottle.
Running - minimal: shoes, running socks, running bra (but not essential) and running belt.
Cycling - I carry a water bottle, but otherwise there are no special requirements. Not unusual to cycle home after several pints of cider even...
Running - lots of water and avoid alcohol night before, more water when I wake before leaving, more water when I get home, then porridge/muesli and optionally banana afterwards, love my post run fuel rituals!
Cycling - once a month check tyres, brake pads, wash frame, oil chain.
Running - warm up, warm down, and stretches. Try to do core exercises between runs too.
Cycling - my bike gets me to any number of fun things, and can also be a fun accessory to a day out with bf/friends
Running - the social bit is sort of more post-run, on here, or mentioning it to friends. Mostly it's more of a private activity for me. One day I aspire to being a more sociable parkrun type person though
Cycling - if I say to a friend I rode my bike 30 miles, however exhausting and exhilarating it was, most responses will be about depressing practicalities such as whether it was safe
Running - if I say to friends (haven't told many yet) that I can run 5k, they are gobsmacked
Cycling - I am very experienced and sensible regarding cycling in London, but it is just not safe. You are constantly on your guard and can get scared quite regularly (normally prompting pulling onto pavement and letting HGV/manic inter-city coach/insane car-driver just go past).
Running - I have my ICE number in my phone, and I run off-road (on canals) where there are enough people around if I needed any help. Feels completely safe.
Pushing my limits:
Cycling - a lot of it is about understanding the mechanics of the bike itself, as well as pacing yourself for a longer journey and carrying snacks (my ironman-competing friend swears by fig rolls which she carries in a pouch on the handlebars)
Running - my limits feel much less flexible. It takes hard work building up stamina, distance, as well as being really careful with my pacing to get to a longer distance or slightly faster pace, hence these are things I diligently record and monitor, and get excited about when they improve!
Cycling - I have a long history of going over the handlebars, resulting in various hand injuries, back strains, even a handlebar in my stomach at one point. Used to wear my scars with pride, now I'm just mortified to still be so clumsy. But try and find a cyclist who doesn't fall off from time to time - it just happens!
Running - apart from slipping on some ice and falling on my arse around week 4, I've been quite lucky. Despite a busy IC round here, it seems much less likely you'll get injured from running apart from those unlucky folk with muscular strains etc.
Cycling - if it's raining but you've got to be at work in half an hour, you just put on your waterproofs and go. Waterproof trousers especially. With spare dry socks in case! I love cycling in the rain as long as I've got my waterproofs
Running - if it's raining I check the weather and postpone my run to later/tomorrow when it clears up! How chicken is that. Most rain I've run in so far was a light mist!