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I’ve run less this summer than any previous summer since 2002.  This is due in large part, of course, to the fact that I’ve had so much fun riding.  I’m much stronger physically for the switch too, or let’s say my legs are much stronger and look much better than they ever have.  That said, I found out the hard way that there is a very big difference between riding and running when it comes to physical exertion.  Last week, to beat a three-day stretch of rain that limited my ability to ride, I laced up and hit the road for a fast-ish 7.2 miles.  The weather rebounded on Sunday so I went out for a hard ride…and wound up in a lot of pain after it was all over.  Not “injury” pain of course, just exertion pain.  The point is, much to my chagrin, I’m not exactly in running shape when it comes to recovering from the exertion.  Had I been running, at a guess at least once a week, things would be very different – I’d have maintained my running shape.

That said, I haven’t been one to wuss out on the chance to overdo it just a bit so I went out on a ride with Mrs. BDJ and followed that up with a 10k with my running buddy Dennis yesterday.  Now, for anyone in the know, if you’re used to running at a certain pace – 7-1/2 minute miles for a 5k in my case – and then you slow that down to run with a friend to 10 minute miles, it hurts a lot.  If I had to guess, at least in my case, my body has to take more of a pounding to run slow.  I normally glide when I run but when I slog (slow jog) there’s a lot more up and down.  After 3 miles it gets to hurting.

That being so, I recovered just fine.  With the exception of a little pain in the hips I’m good to go.  I’ll work that out on an easy 16 mile ride today followed by an easy 24-30 miles tomorrow before my 100 on Sunday.  I should top 200 miles for the week, for the first time ever.


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