Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Aqua Jogging: First Thoughts


Since my doctor gave me the prescription of herpies no running OR biking for the next few weeks, I’ve been resigned to the pool.  I don’t like the pool. It’s cold, it’s wet, it makes me smell like bleach. Like my girlfriend in highschool? I’ve said that my idea of swimming is with a beer in one hand while I’m cannonballing into the deep end. Well no - I take that back. I think that there could be exceptions made for various co-ed activities in a well alcohol-ed hot tub. Anyway.....

Normally when I am hurt I get lazy.  I push very hard while training that's what she said so I generally use the injury periods to catch up on sleep and get to know my family again. (Let’s all ignore the voice in our heads saying “well dummy, if you wouldn’t push so hard maybe you wouldn’t get hurt”)  I lose a little fitness, but I claw back a bit of my sanity so it is basically a win/win.   Oh, but this time is different.  This time the Boston Marathon is leering around the corner.

As such, I’m doing all sorts of things that I normally wouldn’t do at a feeble attempt at being race ready.  Case in point? Aqua jogging.  Essentially, you strap on a floating ring....and run in the water without your feet touching the ground.  It’s really that simple.  So, I borrowed a floating belt from my Virtual Run Coach co-developer Chad and hopped in the pool.


Party up front
I have NO idea what I was doing here....

This was supposed to be a picture of me pointing at the floating belt. Turns out it was just me pointing at my ass.

Business in the back
Spandex gives me love handles


I’ve done it twice for a period of 1 hour each.  A few first thoughts:

  • The belt is TIGHT around my chest so that it doesn’t slip and give me a doughnut shaped chaffe mark like a sports bra uhhhh or so I've been told. That means that I can’t get a completely full deep breath and sort of grunt a bit. I’m assuming people walking by the pool think I’m having sex.
  • It's a great ab workout! I'm sure I twist and turn a bit more than I should, but at this point I'll take any cross training that I can get.
  • Everything that I’ve read says that you should simulate running with heartrate and time.  So, if I run 8 miles in an hour with an average HR of 160, then I should be in the pool for an hour with a similar heart rate.  However, I really can’t seem to get my HR up that high!  I’ll kick and run and kick, but my heart rate sort of hovers around 140.  Will try to get it higher soon.
  • The pool that I swim in is a play pool with a fountain instead of a lap pool.  So, I have to do cannonballs off the fountain every 15 min do a very small out and back in the deep end.  It gets pretty boring pretty fast, but it allows me to not have to travel to a gym.
  • I honestly don't feel like I'm getting as good of a workout - which sucks.  I'm sure that once I get better at aqua jogging I'll learn how to push myself harder, but until then I'll be the guy by the fountain, grunting, trying to drink out of a water bottle without going under.


Finally, I did buy this on a bit of a "I'm sad because I can't run" impulse this weekend.  Although, if the last one I bought is any indication, it'll sit there for 2 months half eaten and I'll throw it away after it gets 1/2" of frost on the top.  I fail at emotional eating :(



27 comments:

B.o.B. said...

Aqua jogging (is that a soft "J"? Yogging?) is the WORST. However, I've had a few friends stick to it & finish marathons. I usually just end up swimming b/c I loathe the aqua jogging that much. Hope it works!

FauxRunner said...

I'm not sure if I want to laugh at your aqua adventures or hate you for being strong enough to let that Ben and Jerrys goodness sit untouched.

Sorry about the injury. Apparently aqua jogging increases your running fitness to come back stronger.

LifeisaRun said...

Can you teach us how to fail at emotional eating?! Ummm, all of this sounds....what's the word....ok, maybe fun for us to read about not fun for you to deal with! THAT'S what we were looking for!

Jodi Stuber said...

OMG this made me laugh a few times. It totally stinks that you have to be the weirdo in the fountain pool.. But hopefully you will get some valuable aqua running experience to share with us :) takes care and good luck!

Jodi Stuber said...

OMG this made me laugh a few times. It totally stinks that you have to be the weirdo in the fountain pool.. But hopefully you will get some valuable aqua running experience to share with us :) takes care and good luck!

Yo Momma Runs said...

I hope you feel better soon, but in the meantime, it's an amazing opportunity for you to share awkward floatie pictures with us. Do you feel like a giant toddler getting pushed into the water by your mom?

Kate Geisen said...

I could totally tutor you in emotional eating. It's one of my strong suits.

Steph @ Steph Runs On said...

I would really like to see a video tutorial of your version of aqua jogging in the kiddy pool.

Chad Chisholm said...

I'm trying to figure out what a fountain pool is. I'll google it; wish me luck.

Adam Ricklefs said...

Chad - Make sure safe search is on.

ThePetitePacer said...

God. I wish *I* fail at emotional eating.

pensive pumpkin said...

thank you! i keep just ending up water walking with the old ladies cause i don't know how to do this. lol. i fail at failing.

Crystal said...

I've never yogged but I do hear it is great for people with injuries such as yourself. Plus, let's be honest, you're totally rockin' the outfit. BOOM. There I said it.

Keep your spirits up and spandex tight! Boston is anxiously awaiting your run. I hope to see you there, since I'll be working the event. I'm not the best emotional eater either. Oh well, my bum thanks me for it.

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Sue's Ramblings said...

Cute shorts A! LOL

Pam said...

Did you get Rose's permission before you stole her signature ass shot? (By the way, hers looks MUCH better.)

Jen said...

video evidence of this aqua jogging would be amazing.

Robyn said...

I have read that your HR will be 10% lower in the water than out, so hovering in the 140s might actually be OK. But if you want to ramp it up, try doing intervals of "running" as hard as you can, with short rests. I like 2:30 hard/:30 rest. 10 or 12 of those will kick your ass.

The Banter said...

DOOD- if you're gonna swim (inevitable at this point) you gotta shave that chest. Remove your outer Chewbacca and you will not need the belt.

http://tri-banter.blogspot.com/

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

Only running can replace running, but that looks like a good way to go for some extra fitness while healthy without getting injured. a.k.a. no stress, no impact, but descent cardio.

Half-Crazed Runner said...

Wow! I just better not get hurt to where I need to water jog. You are a better injured runner, than I!

Jamoosh said...

Aqua jogging = boring. Hey, wait a minute...

Kathy said...

i never had the belt that high and to keep from being TOTALLY bored, try Pfitzinger's workouts...

http://www.pfitzinger.com/labreports/water.shtml

Art @ Fit at Fifty said...

I hope I never get hurt and have to aqua jog.
Art
http://fitatfifty-art.blogspot.com/

Ivayla Wadsworth said...

I am having The Boring Runner withdrawals! Waiting for next blog post...

Al's CL Reviews said...

Wait until Frozen Pints gets to your area. You will never fail at emotional eating again!

inspiREDtorun13 said...

Haha I've actually had a similar experience impulsively buying ice cream with the intention of emotional eating...

I just don't crave ice cream too often. Freezer burn usually ends up enjoying it before I do.