Did you know that the most popular single post I have written in the past four years is on aqua-running?
This one post has generated more comments, questions and inquiries than any other. The demand for alternative and efficacious training for runners is there. It’s used extensively by elite runners worldwide. Whether you are injured, in rehab, reconditioning, doing PREhab (injury prevention), trying to build strength and endurance without the pounding, increase total training with less risk of injury – aqua-running may be just the thing. Not a fad but not for everyone either.
In response to all the attention, I am writing a book on aqua-running. If you are familiar with my writing, it’ll include science tidbits and lots of workout programs of course. It’ll also be candid and not just rah-rah-aqua-running-cures-all book. Instead I am approaching this with a critical eye – and with the everyday runner in mind.
And so I need your help.
I have sent out many copies of a workout outline (100s) to many readers. I know thousands of others use this as an adjunct to their training. Now, I want to know how aqua-running has gone for you. Here’s a sampling of the kind of input I need from you:
What led you to do aqua-running?
Love it? Hate it? Tolerate it?
How did/do you do your workouts? (Steady state, intervals, longest, shortest, efforts) Explain your workouts.
Did you do deep water running or did you touch the bottom and run? Why? Which do you prefer?
Did you use any equipment? Flotation devices? Footwear? Other resistance equipment?
How long did you do it? (weeks, months)
What were your results? Did you maintain conditioning? Lose conditioning? Gain conditioning? Do you have race results to share for comparison?
Biggest complaint about aqua-running?
How did/do you keep variety and interest? How did/do you avoid boredom?
Do you go to a public pool or use a home pool?
What reaction do you get from onlookers?
What is the funniest thing that happened while aqua-running?
Send me your story and you just may end up in the book. If I use your story, I’ll send you a free copy. (Target date is later this summer.)
Send your comments directly to me:
Type: Aqua-Running in the subject line.