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First a little background. I am 35 5'9" 230lbs. Musculer but probably 30# overwieght for my build. Three weeks ago started running to get prepared for my new road bike (lay away). The road bike is going to be my main training method. I race dirt bikes in off road events, usually 3 hours long. I started running for 30-45 minutes 2-3 times a week. Keeping my heart rate 150-160 most of the time. I occasionally kick it up to 185 (short sprint) then let it drop to about 140 then resume to 150-160. I did this fro two weeks felt great! I took a couple days off road a 3 hour race. Felt horrable. I have taken almost a week off. I have been very achy and burnt out. Like every joint in my body aches, very tired after work. I finally went back out today. I ran about 2 miles 140-160 bpm I feel a little better, not so tired. My question is should I back off, or keep going? It feels almost like having the flu. I have not felt a huge improvment yet. My legs turn to brick after a fairly short time. I am looking forward to the bike. This running stuff is seeming like a very bad habbit! ---Mike
 

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Mike, good on you for getting out there! Sounds like you've gone out way too hard to begin with (especially if you've not run before). Having run before myself, I know that you can adapt to running reasonably quickly however your runs need to be SLOW. That is, at a pace where you could still hold a conversation. Over say, a 3-4 week period, you can increase the distance but NOT the intensity (which I'd leave out anyway). If your goal is to bike, I would start road biking now. Cycling is a much less stressful activity on your legs and makes building up specific fitness heaps easier. I ran for a period of about 5 weeks, 6 days a week, a year ago and I found that it didn't increased my road cycling ability at all
( I have been competitive riding for a while though). I'd say hit the road bike now and enjoy it! Just don't go out too hard. As with running, build up slowly. A coach and/or program is also a great idea especially if you're new to the sport. All the best!
 
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