I’ve been running for over 10 years and cycling for only one, but now that I’m doing both, I often find myself wondering which is better.
Here are a few reasons why I like cycling better than running.
- Hills. I think getting up a steep hill is harder on a bike, but running just can’t match the wheeeeee of coasting down a hill and halfway up the next one.
- Scheduling. I really only like to run early in the morning, but I enjoy cycling at any time of the day. As my husband points out, we are making our own 15 mph breeze and that helps keep us cool even on a hot summer afternoon.
- Exploring. Since it takes less time and effort to ride a mile, I am much more adventurous about seeing what’s around the next corner, over the next hill, or down the next street.
- Romancing. My husband got me a bike so we would have something fun to do together after my son started college. Now our weekend cycling dates have become something we both look forward to.
Here are a few reasons why I like running better than cycling.
- Simplicity. Yes, I have my favorite running gear (Garmin, iPod, fuel belt), but all I really need is my running shoes.
- Traveling. My running shoes usually are the first thing I pack in my suitcase. Running is a great way to explore a new city, especially when most of the rest of my visits are spent in business meetings. On recent trips I’ve run in New York City, Chicago, Boulder, Portland, and even Switzerland!
- Independence. I usually run by myself, which means that I can choose my route, go at my own pace, and run longer or shorter depending on how I’m feeling. Running also is my “me time,” when I can run off stress, think through issues I’m facing at work or at home, or just space out to my music.
- Friends. When I don’t run by myself, I run with friends. When else do I have a whole hour to talk to a girlfriend without interruptions or distractions? Running also has been a great way to make new friends, even if we don’t live close enough to run together.
So, which is better?
At least for now, running is still the clear winner. I may be a sweaty mess after a long run, but I don’t often come home from a run dripping in blood. 😉
Do you have a favorite sport?
Have you ever thought about why you like it?