wizardhat wrote:I'm not 100% sure if the running actually helped my lower back but it's the only significant change I made in my routine - presumably the running is helping my core strength somehow?
I took up running 6 months ago and now do 4 runs and 2 rides each week. I have a history of lower back issues that the running has helped with. I took some running lessons to make sure I was running properly - from the core, not the calves.
For me, running helps cycling by:
Improves aerobic fitness through intense workout in a relatively short time.
Improves core strength & helps lower back.
Tones up abs to get rid of 'middle-aged rider belly'.
For me, cycling helps running by:
Develops and keeps a good fitness base.
Strengthens hill-climbing muscle groups (from early on I could outrun many seasoned runners uphill).
I've found running difficult, but have kept at it to the point where I now enjoy it. Cycling is easier and I would recommend it above running to those starting out on the "get fit" path, but I love the simplicity of running (and it's a lot cheaper).