“I don’t need to jog, because I cycle,”-  Nearly every cyclist alive, when told they should take up running.

If you’re a serious cyclist you’ve probably already had this conversation before. Many times. And you probably shut it down as quickly as it comes up.

No, I don’t need to jog, thank you very much. That’s why I have the bike.

Biking is better in every way. It’s faster. It’s low impact.

And running sucks.

These arguments are well-thought-out and rehearsed, and in some cases make a lot of sense. But, there is actually a number of perfectly valid reasons why a cyclist would take up jogging. So just hear us out…

9 Reasons to Take Up Running (Really!)

1.  It Burns More Calories

Of course, cyclists will tell you that cycling burns more calories.

And of course, runners will tell you that running burns calories. There’s a lot of personal bias going on there.

But, Dr. Edward Coyle of the University of Texas recently published that a cyclist would need to ride 20 miles at 15 miles an hour to burn the same number of calories that a runner can burn by running 5.63 miles at any pace.  And cocky runners would love to tell you that, “there is no coasting when you jog.”

2. Impact Activity Isn’t Always Bad

We know, we know.  Running is an impact activity and puts more pressure on your bones and joints.

And cycling is much easier on your skeletal structure. But a bit of stress on your bones and joints isn’t always a bad thing.

Impact does help your bone density, so you don’t always want to baby your skeleton.

3. It Can Be Done Anywhere

Of course, you have made cycling as portable as humanly possible.

You didn’t buy a new roof rack just so you could go for a freaking jog. But you can’t ignore the fact that running is far more portable than your bike.

If you’re on the road a lot for business, it is pretty easy to just slip on your gear and go for a jog in the neighborhood. Not a lot of prep time required.

Just take the amount of time you want to run, and add on changing clothes and showering. There’s your time investment for the day.

Besides, a pair of running shoes will always fit in a suitcase.

4. You Can Take Up Jogging For Almost No Money

We don’t have to tell you how expensive cycling is.

Getting into jogging is it going to cost you much more money, besides the purchase of a new pair of running shoes.

If you take up running, there’s no membership fees, no upkeep, and no maintenance.

5. It’s Decisively Non-Competitive

Jogging can be a bit more relaxing.

Because if you’re a serious cyclist, you’re always going to be half watching your peace and your time, even when you are “taking it easy.”  But if you’re out for a run, you can shut that part of your brain completely off.

You can just relax, breathe, and take the time for yourself. And if you join other people for a run, you will see that joggers are more supportive than they are competitive.  That brings us to our next point.

6. It’s More Social

If you’re trying to get out and meet new people, it’s easier to make new friends by going for a jog with somebody, versus going for a ride.

Don’t get us wrong, if you find somebody you can ride with, you have a friend for life. But, you also stand a very good chance of just being able to duck out for a quick jog with somebody at lunch or after work.

There are more joggers than there are cyclists out there. So you have a deeper pool to draw from.  Lots of people take up running to make friends when they moved to a new city

7. It’s Good for Your Posture

If you sit at a desk all day, going out for a ride will give you some much-needed fresh air and exercise.

But sadly, it doesn’t do as much for your posture. You go from sitting position to sitting position.

You don’t have to run while balancing a book on your head. But, running requires you to stand up straight, clearly. So this is better for your posture, on a day-to-day basis.

8.  It Actively Engages Both Legs

It’s possible for cyclists to develop one power leg and one lazy leg. This means 1 foot will do most of the pushing, while the other one gets used to simply peddling along with it.

You can’t really develop that type of dynamic when you’re jogging. Both legs are actively engaged at all times.

Also, jogging in the woods or on uneven terrain builds your balance, as your legs are constantly reacting to different surfaces and consistency. You’re constantly supporting, and adjusting to support your bodyweight, one stride at a time.

So if you take up running, it will actually make you better on your bike.

9. It’s Easy in Cold Weather

Winter biking isn’t for everyone. Whether or not this is a big deal to you will obviously depend on the climate.

But, for those of us in cold-weather country, some days you look outside and imagine the wind tear right through you on your bike and write the day off as “Nope.”

But, if you’re just going for a quick jog, it’s a lot easier to convince yourself to go out into crappy weather. Just bundle up a bit more, do your half hour, and you probably won’t even sweat.

And of course, there is the injury potential in icy weather. A quick tumble on your bum sucks. But that is nothing compared to going flying over your handlebars, or skidding out on a corner.

As you can see, you can take up running without it being a total waste of time.

How have you incorporated running into your cycling training regimen? We would love to hear from you!

And be sure to check out our long distance cycling tips for when it’s time to get back on the bike!