Does swimming make you a better runner?

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  1. Runner13.1

    Runner13.1 New Member

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    I've been running for about 10 years. I'm pretty consistent on my times. I run the same paths, at the same pace for about 5 years. I do about 9:15 per mile, which is a pace that I feel I could run forever at.

    Last year I started swimming. I could barely do two laps before I was out of breath.
    I started following the TI swim books for the last three months, and I swear I can swim for 2000m strait! It's not a fast swim, but I am amazed. It's like things have changed overnight.

    I've noticed something else though.
    My running times have changed from 9:15 per mile to 8:30 per mile. I haven't changed my running stye, and I'm not trying harder. It's just faster!

    It's cooler now, and that may have something to do with it, but not that much.

    Does my increasing endurance in swimming, increase my running time?
    Would love to hear your thoughts.
     
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    dabac Well-Known Member

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    Probably, you've simply plateau'ed in your training.
    The body is very good at adapting to what you ask of it.
    So If you've done the same paths st the same pace for 5 years, it's no wonder you're not seeing any improvement any more.
    The swimming simply raised the bar, shook things up a bit.
    You probably would have seen a similar improvement from several other changes to your training routine.
     
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    i know better running doesnt make you a better swimmer.. but the other way around, i doubt it...
     
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    I have found that the rule of specificity really applies here. Running makes you a better runner, cycling makes you a better cyclist, etc. Cross training is great for overall fitness, keeps things interesting and fun, etc, but to really improve in a discipline, you need to do that discipline I think.
     
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    I think that dabac had it right. I think that my run training had plateau'ed. When i added something new, swimming, it shook things up.
     
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