Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Our New Tactics for the Trail


I told you earlier this week that I did a few runs last week and that I felt really good about it. What I didn't mention was that on Sunday my sister and I had a really great day on the trail.

Lacey wanted to get a long-ish run in on the rail trail and asked me if I wanted to ride bike along side of her. I agreed!  I loaded up my bike and Lacey got her running supplies and we were on our way. 

Surprisingly we kept pace with each other very well.  Since it was a Sunday, the trail was very busy. About 2 miles in an older man on a bike said to us "Oh, so when you get to the end, do you switch? The one riding bike will run and the one running will ride bike?"   That was not our plan, but it did sound like a good one. Lacey intended on running 10 miles that day, so even if she only ran 5 up I don't think I was ready to tackle the 5 miles back down the trail.

This did get us thinking though. I decided that I would like to try to run again since I hadn't run since Thursday. Since I  didn't have my Rock Tape on, I was too nervous to attempt anything more than a mile. So this now meant that we had to actually go 11 miles instead of 10 (since I wanted to do the last mile and Lacey still wanted to get her 10 in).  When I got off the bike after riding it for 10 miles, my legs and behind weren't feeling all that great and I kind of thought maybe I shouldn't even try it. But I decided to try anyway.  If I hurt, I'd just walk the last mile (or get back on the bike).

I was actually a little excited to see that I was able to do my mile in less than 10 minutes. I really thought it would take me a while to get back down into the 9's.  Now I realize that this was only ONE mile, but it has me excited for what is to come as I continue to heal.

After we've tried this run and bike thing, we decided that this might be a good tactic to use later when I start increasing my mileage.  It was nice having Lacey run at a conversational pace while I rode the bike and I know she enjoyed the little break while I ran that short distance.

Do you ever run with someone while they bike? Do you ever bike with someone while they run?

31 comments:

  1. There's a run here in November called "ride and tie" where the runner and biker duo switches at designated times throughout the race. I've never done it but I have wanted to for a couple of years!

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    1. That sounds like fun. I have never heard of a race like that.

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  2. Sounds like fun! My husband and I ran and rode together when we visited Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas. I was glad to be running because the hills would have been hard to ride up. I had it easy, but the walkers who saw us didn't realize that and he took a little ribbing!

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    1. That does sound hard. Luckily the trail was completely flat so neither one of us had trouble riding or running.

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  3. I think I would be so jealous of the person on the bike the entire time I was running! haha

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    1. The last mile when I go to ride was a nice break.

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  4. I did a trail ultra relay one year and since it was all girls, we biked next to the runners during the night so no one would be scared or alone ha!

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    1. That's a good idea. I always wanted to do Ragnar race or something similar but I think I would be scared during my night legs.

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  5. When I ran my first (and so far, only) marathon years ago, my father accompanied me on his bike for every single weekend long run that I did in training. We had the most wonderful daddy-daughter chats, and he kept my mind off any discomfort I had and encouraged me on difficult days. He held my water/gatorade bottles in a bike basket, and he was my all-around support system. No matter what the weather, if it was a long-run day for me, he was with me on his bike. I have memories as wonderful of that training time together as I do of completing the marathon. He was actually very disappointed that after all that training together, he would be unable to accompany me on the marathon course itself. However, he wrote me a little note that I was supposed to open near the end of the race if I was struggling, and when I did that note said, "I am there riding right beside you in spirit. You can do it!" It was just the boost I needed, and I finished the race.

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    1. Oh my goodness. That note would have brought tears to my eyes. That's so nice he was able to ride with you the whole time. I'm sure it was a great bonding experience. I was happy that I didn't have to hold my water either during the run. Now that I am living close to my sister we will definitely be doing this during our marathon training.

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  6. I love how close you & your sister are. I am always jealous of sisters.
    Ricky used to let me get started running... since I'm slow, a good head start & he'd get his bike & catch up with me & then ride next to me. Biking on the hills we live on???? Worse then running.

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    1. Luckily our course was flat so it was easy for the both of us. It's nice to have the other one there for support. And we stayed at the same pace so we could carry on a conversation.

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  7. When my foot was healing, I also rode my bike where my running group was running so I could at least see them. sounds weird probably!

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    1. Hey, you do what you can. At least you were still getting out there and doing it.

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  8. I love it :) How nice you can spend time together that way and I love that a little comment inspired a really great idea.
    My hubby has biked along with me to provide hydration support and I love it.
    Great mile!!

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    1. Yes, it was so nice not to worry about a fuel belt during a long run. It was so hot that between both of us the bottle didn't last long. So we will have to be taking am additional one next time.

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  9. Great idea! My husband bikes and doesn't like running and vice versa for me, so this might be a great way for us to get out together. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. That's exactly what we thought. Since my sister is still recovery from an injury she knew that she couldn't run long but she could bike further. I am not a big fan of biking so I told her I'd just run beside her.

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  10. So nice that you were able to be there to help each other out.

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    1. Yes, it was fun being able to do It together.

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  11. That's a great training idea! It actually sounds fun!

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    1. It worked out great! I love to run distance and she is limited to her running miles during this time So that's how we came up with this plan.

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  12. This is such a good idea! It would be awesome to have someone keep me company while I run. Though I think I may be too slow for anyone riding a bike to stay with me!

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    1. That's what I thought at first. But I kept a pretty good pace. Though I knew she could go faster on the bike she stayed w me just like I stayed w her when it was her time to run.

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  13. You did your first brick (training technique for triathlons to ride then run, called a brick because of how your legs feel)! Your first triathlon is right around the corner. ;)
    @heatherlas

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    1. I never knew that's what it was called. I think a trialthlon is far off our radar for either one of us.

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  14. What a great idea! But, I can't imagine a biker going as slow as I do. Great job on the mile!

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  15. That is an excellent idea!! And sub 10 after biking for ten miles is awesome :)

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  16. What a fun day for both of you! And congrats on that mile, you have to start somewhere, I think you are on to something!

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  17. I have never done that before, but it sounds like a great idea. I have a feeling when my boys get older this will happen a lot!

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  18. Hmm I've never had someone bike with me or vice versa while I ran. Would be nice to have company or even if they played music :)

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