Posts Tagged ‘shoulder injury’

Over the last couple of weeks I have done something I swore I would never, ever do again. Banned from rowing, I have crossed over to the dark side and been… gulp… running.

Oh. My. Goodness. I thought rowing was hard. I’ve always maintained that I’m not a runner and nothing I’ve encountered over the last month has dissuaded me from this idea. Still, needs must and it’s either running or lying on the sofa eating multi-packs of fun-sized Milky Ways. Even I can see the sense in forcing myself to pound the pavements.

But here’s the thing. Which is actually better for you? Rowing or running?

Sadly I don't look like this when I run

On a pure, calorie-burning front, running seems to be winning at the moment. According to the indoor machines (and I know these aren’t fully accurate), running burns off wondrously high numbers of calories – way more than my pathetic efforts on the erg ever did – and certainly I’ve managed to munch my way through obscene quantities of pasta, mince pies and cupcakes over the last little while without covering myself in a layer of lard.

I’m discovering some new muscles, too, especially since Son on the Run gave me a running tutorial and pointed out all of my faults. With my new, improved technique, my calves are screaming so much that I can barely walk.

Equally thrillingly, without the thrice-weekly body-thrashing that is my normal rowing routine, I now have silky-smooth skin. No blisters. No callouses. No track bites. And I’m pleased to report that I’m currently sporting a lovely set of unchipped, perfectly painted nails (in Chanel’s Rouge Noir, for those who care).

On the downside, unlike rowing, running does pretty much nothing for your upper body (which is good for healing a shoulder injury, but horrendous for the emerging bingo wings). It’s also worryingly high impact and, I suspect, will do my joints no favours in the long run. I also read somewhere – and this is fairly horrifying – that running eventually makes your face slide down towards your toes (along with everything else). I’m sure nothing like that ever happens in rowing.

So come on, let me know what you think. Rowing vs. running. Discuss.


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I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front just lately, but don’t despair. You haven’t heard the last of Girl on the River. Quick update: my shoulder injury (rotator cuff, if you’re interested in these things) has meant that I probably won’t be rowing again in 2011 (sob). In the meantime, I’ve been doing a tiny bit of running (yikes), a pinch of bootcamp, a soupcon of walking and an awful lot of Christmas shopping.

What’s on your Christmas list this year? Is it all about the sports kit? Will Santa be bringing you a rigger jigger, some energy gels and a pair of wellies? Or are you secretly hoping (girls, anyway) for some killer heels and some nail varnish for those occasional days when you hide the callouses and dress up like a laydee?

Whatever’s on your Christmas shopping list, I’d love to hear about it. Because I can’t really bear to hear about rowing just now.

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