Just like running on land, pool running leaves a lot of time for your mind to wonder. Here’s a snippet of what goes through my head during a pool run.
1 ) Do we really need to add insult to injury by calling the belt an Aqua Jogger? I am not a jogger even if it is in a pool.
2 ) Should I have jumped in the pool instead of climbing down the ladder?
3 ) Am I doing this right? This feels weird.
4 ) Why am I so hot but I’m not sweating?
5 ) Why does the nail polish chip off my toes while pool running? Am I running that fast?
6 ) I wonder if people think I can’t swim? Should I take the belt off to prove that I can?
7 ) How long do you have to be submerged in water to get prune fingers?
8 ) I wonder if the life guard thinks I’m drowning.
9 ) This would be so much better if I was doing this in an outdoor pool. At least I’d get some fresh air and not be burning my precious brain cells from chlorine toxicity.
10 ) I really have to pee. The belt is digging into my bladder.
11 ) Am I doing this right? This still feels weird.
12 ) This isn’t so bad. I kind of like it. Is that weird that I do?
13 ) This would be so much better if I was running outside. Without an Aqua Jogger. On the ground. Sorry. I’m not hanging up my running shoes for fins.
I’ve had a few questions about pool running since I’ve shared my workouts while dealing with my latest injury.
I’m by no means an expert. I’m kind of learning as I go.
The biggest surprise that I’ve got from pool running is that I kind of like it. I know that’s sick and twisted but I think it’s very similar to the treadmill in a mind numbing sort of way. If you can run on the treadmill, you can tolerate the pool.
I’m thinking I might try to pool run at least once a week even when I’m back to running. It’ll be even better during the summer when the outdoor pool is open!
There are two types of pool running. There’s the kind where your feet don’t touch the bottom of the pool at all and there’s the one where your feet touch. I’m doing deep water (actually it’s the dive well at my local pool) right now because of my tendonitis/pre stress fracture requires no impact.
Here’s some tips I’ve found from friends who have been there, done that, in pool running and what I’ve picked up in my sessions.
*Watch some YouTube videos on correct form before your first run. This is a good one.
*Find a Aqua Jogger that fits. That’s a hard thing if you are on the smaller side. The first few times I went I got so annoyed with the jogger riding up on me. I finally found one that I could tighten enough. Most pools have Aqua Joggers for you to use. If you want to buy your own, Amazon has a wide assortment. Some articles I’ve read said you can ditch the belt if you want to make it even harder or as you progress in getting the hang of it.
*Try to stay as tall as you can, pump your arms at a 90 degree angle and think of driving your knee up and down. It can look like a cycling motion or almost like you are doing high knees. Some people stay in place while running and others move. Both are correct. I tend to move…it makes it a little more interesting.
*Wear waterproof headphones to listen to music or podcasts. I don’t have waterproof headphones but a friend suggested tucking my wireless headphones under a swim cap. Works like a charm! I keep my phone on the bench next to the pool and tread along while catching up on my fav podcasts or music.
Pool running – would you or would you rather not?
Do you have any tips to add?