Can't run due to injury...why not try running (aqua jogging) in the pool
Posted Feb 08 2010 12:36pm
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"Coach I want to get one of your programs but I can not do the running.
Can I ride more to make up for the lack of running?" That is one of the
typical questions I get from athletes with running injuries.
is that you can still run but do it in the deep end of the pool with a
running vest on.
Many people like to use the elliptical machines but
the problem as I see with those is that you do not do much work on the
leg recovery. It is almost like a bike workout.
Also many of these have
no stride length adjustment and I am just not sold on them. But guess
what my wife wants for Christmas. You guess it. She wants an elliptical
machine. Go figure.
I have water ran quite a bit over my
athletic career. Back in Houston Texas in the 80’s the local high
school had the top high school female cross country runner in the
state. She was always water running at the pool I swam at. So one day I
asked her about it.
She was very nice and she showed me how to do it.
It was very hard to do. We did not use a vest back then. There were no
vests readily available for purchase as there are today. So that is how
I learned. I learned without a vest. Needless to say goggles were not
optional. I was sinking a lot. The workout was hard. Try it sometime.
days deep water running is very common. I just heard my club will start
a deep water running class for runners. That is a good thing because
deep water running is really boring. Company will be a big plus.
key to deep water running is to maintain proper running form. Keep an
upright body position and your leg and arm motion should be similar to
running. Flex your ankles during push off. Many people turn deep water
running into lap swimming. It is not how many laps you can do. It is
about proper running form. If you maintain proper running form you will
then maintain you running fitness while you let your injuries heal. Did
I say injuries?
Oh yes. Most people that water run are injured. Why
else will they submit themselves to such torture? But seriously; if you
can somehow integrate water running into a running program you will be
so much better off. It is a way to do more running volume without the
You can read the rest of coach Vargas' water running advice on his blog HERE.