Biking my way back to running

Thanks everyone for the advice and support on my ankle injury last week. It’s never fun to be sidelined, but I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things and it was nice to hear your words of encouragement. My ankle has been feeling a lot better, and I seem to be back to doing normal tasks without pain (stairs and such). These next few weeks are dedicated towards getting back to running so I can start training for the A1A Half Marathon.

At the moment I can run about 2-3 miles at a time, and I run them pretty slow. I know my endurance has suffered a hit, but my running form goes before anything else. I’ll generally find myself favoring the other leg and sometimes experience some swelling post run. Although running seems possible now, it certainly has not made the foot feel any better, so I’m laying off until I feel no pain and have no swelling.

In good news… I am back on my bike! Since there is no impact, I experience no pain on a ride. I took advantage of this during the weekend and did a pretty long stretch on a rail-to-trail in central Kansas!

We found an interesting structure on an Indian Reservation along the trail.

We found an interesting structure on an Indian Reservation along the trail.

Frank and I along the trail and enjoying the warm weather.

Frank and I along the trail and enjoying the warm weather.

The trail was mostly along prairie, with big wide views of Kansas.

The trail was mostly along prairie, with big wide views of Kansas.

As my foot heals, I am really concentrating on bringing my workouts to my bike. Hopefully, when I am back to running, I wont be in too bad of shape. I have another long bike trip planned for the weekend!

How do you keep in shape when you can’t run? How long does it usually take you to get it back? 

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15 thoughts on “Biking my way back to running

  1. Awesome, Kerry! I honestly wish I biked and cross trained more. I have many friends who train for triathlons and they’ve all said that the cycling they added to their routine really improved their running – I bet the same will happen for you!

    If I couldn’t run, cycling would probably be my go-to. I love spin classes (just hard to find the motivation to go if I have running as an option). I also love swimming and I’ve heard aqua-jogging is the best running simulation there is…but I don’t have easy access to a pool. At least not one with reasonable hours.

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  2. Great idea to get in some bike workouts to keep your endurance up! When I am sidelined I do aqua jogging and swim laps. I find swimming simulates the experience of running really well. If you don’t pace yourself you won’t last long! haha

    I hope you get through the final stages of the injury quickly and are back on two feet soon! 😉

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    • Thanks! Things are getting a lot better, but it’s certainly a slow process. The only thing that I don’t like about biking is the cars on the road. I get really nervous about bad drivers.

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  3. I’ve been struggling with a calf thing since Sunday. I am finding the same as you – I can run slowly but I have to really watch my form. I am absolutely favoring my right leg (the injury is on the left). I NEED my bike!!! I keep saying I am going to get out biking and haven’t. I want to before it gets too cold out – I am a fair weather cyclist!

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  4. I’ve just come back from 9 weeks off with plantar fasciitis- and biking was a HUUGE part of my recovery. Mainly just allowing me to do something so I wouldn’t go crazy from not being allowed to run! And now, of course, I’m thinking of doing a triathlon. Because why not.

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  5. injuries are the worst. lots of biking to stay in shape. I strap on a heart rate monitor and keep the cadence up. it takes me forever to get back into shape. something about suffering for the first couple weeks makes me not want to run. wish you a quick recovery though!

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