My First Time Pool Running
I celebrated being injury free too soon because my heel issue has created a new set of problems.
When I decided to run 10 miles on Saturday I paid great attention to my form to make sure I wasn’t overcompensating anywhere. Since my heel wasn’t hurting at all, there was no reason I should have shifted my form and it didn’t seem like I did at all at the time.
Well, I guess I overcompensated somewhere because I woke up on Monday with some new aches in my right foot/calf that have never been there before. Ever. The aches weren’t that bad so I did a short run on Monday night, and woke up on Tuesday morning with deeper aches. Not really pain, just incredible uncomfortableness.
The more I walk, stretch and ice the better I feel, but not wanting to make the issue any worse I tried something new last night: pool running.
I found some great info about the benefits of pool running along with two sample workouts on the USA Triathlon website. Here’s the one I did last night:
Abby Ruby, Ph.D. and Level II USA Triathlon Certified Coach says that pool running “is a non weight-bearing activity but still engages the running muscles and form. The benefits include gains in cardiovascular fitness, as well as training muscle recruitment patterns that are the same used when running on land.”
As with regular running, technique is important when engaging in pool running. You want to be in the deep end of the pool so that your feet don’t touch the bottom, and lean slightly forward while moving your arms and legs as normal.
Ruby suggests, “Take short, quick strides. A fast cadence intensifies the workout.”
Since you need to be in the deep end while also focusing on your form and cadence, it’s recommended to use an aqua jogging belt. I found mind at a local sporting goods store for about $40 and saw some on Amazon for slightly less. Whoever said that running is free was crazy.
Here’s a quick video that provides an overview of pool running:
Did I need to go out and buy an aqua jogger belt? Nope. I could have just got in a regular swim as my workout, or did something else, but I have been interested in pool running for a while now. This just seemed like the right opportunity to finally give it a try.
I probably looked really cool in the deep end running with what amounts to an adult swimmy on : )
In better news, I got a sweet delivery yesterday afternoon at work from one of my clients that made me forget all about my stupid foot for a minute! The client is in the health and wellness industry and sent an Edible Arrangement. All of the fruit was so fresh and delicious!
The cantaloup is my favorite… I could eat cantaloup for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During the summer I have been known to eat two in one day on occasion… and then I walk around the house mumbling “it tastes like candy” with a big smile on my face.
Happy hump day!
Have you ever tried pool running?
– It’s weird to have your heart pumping fast but not produce any sweat!
… LET’S GO H-E-A-T! Big win last night!