MikeTX wrote:Well, you know, I'm out to prove to the world that running is evil.
The point of the thread I started was to verify that you don't have to be a runner to be successful with big mountains. That's all.
I also like to run. I ran this weekend - not far, but I ran nonetheless.
I also agree that it's the most efficient means of cardiovascular training. Put on your shoes and go like the wind. It's great!
Still, it's reassuring to those of us who don't have great knees that there are alternatives to running. Not everyone can run 35 miles a week and not everyone lives with the Sierra in their back yard.
I have a reconstructed acl and osteoarthritis. I live 3 hours away from anything that could reasonably be called a hill and 12 hourse away from any mountains. It's good to hear that there's still hope for me if I want get up a big mountain.
MikeTX, You make some good points and I appreciate your post here. With all due respect, I'm out to prove that running is not evil, although I don't suggest that everyone should run. And certainly, running is not a prerequisite for success on mountains.