You've made your point, others have made theirs. It isn't a running vs rowing argument, one being "better" than the other. If you don't want the discussion, what do you want out of this thread? Which could be an interesting one, given the winter is fast approaching, so runners are more open to the idea of cross training.
Mark, don't take this the wrong way, but I think you're getting a bit touchy on the whole issue of rowing. Unless I've missed it, I've yet to see a comment disagreeing with your belief that rowing offers a good alternative to running, but people are giving their reasons for not partaking .Also, people run for different reasons and may not have the slightest bit of interest in rowing improving their times/performance.
I believe that yoga would do me the world of good, but where I'm supposed to fit that into my current schedule God only knows...
Lilytoo- sounds like you enjoyed Amsterdam! GregCollins- nice work on the post ride run, it is quite a strange feeling in the legs.
My first run since Friday, feeling slightly fatigued after two cycle's and two gym sessions since then, but dug in for 45mins, just over 11km. Wind was energy sapping, my 10k split being nearer 41:00 than 40:00. Oddly, I now have a serious craving for eggybread. Quite the post run treat, no?
*off to the kitchen, with half an eye on that imminent storm cloud. Smug.
This is the exact trouble with forums and forms of media, there is just too much "expert"information out there. With six marathons in your legs, you have more experience to form an opinion than most keyboard warriors...
Firstly, don't be too downbeat about your effort. In terms of diet, this is really where there is too much scaremongering about what is right and what is wrong. Balance is key, and enjoy a little treat now and again. You say you "fell apart" at mile 15, this would suggest you may have got your fueling strategy wrong on the day, whether it be lack of fluids, not taking a gel, or handful of jelly babies etc. What do you do in the long training runs that you may have not done on the day of the race?
Another reason could simply be running too fast, too soon, to replicate a 1:55 effort in the second half of the race would give you a 3:50, that is a massive chunk out of your target time. You can be flexible with your training, cycling is good, especially if you can extend that commute. Easy on the joints and a good way to help work on endurance.
Sure, many others will come on here and give their two cents worth, but you need to experiment, adapt and find what works for you. Good luck!
I think we can all benefit from a little bit of cross training, whether it be cycling, swimming, rowing, pilates, whatever... but find what works for you. If rowing has attributed to your sub 20mins 5k, then great, but who's to say you couldn't better that if you put your sole focus on running? As mentioned above, if the technique is wrong, rowing can cause problems and not everybody likes to be sweating their guts out in a gym.
As for the repetitive boredom syndrome that running might bring, that is the exact reason I don't row. Each to their own.