Aqua Running – Your Story Needed

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.


About Dean Hebert

I’m a mental game coach, author and speaker. I work with individual athletes, parents, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. Beyond my academic post-graduate work in sports psychology - the psychology behind athlete performance – I am a certified Mental Games Coaching Professional (MGCP) and certified hypnotherapist. I’ve authored several books and hundreds of articles. “Coach, I didn’t run because…” (2008) is a seriously light-hearted look at making excuses not to workout and how to overcome them. “Focus for Fitness” (2009) and “Screw the Goals Give me the Donut” (2010) are two of my eBooks on mental game approaches for the everyday athlete. I wrote these because I believe that everyone can benefit from the powerful mental techniques that the world’s best athletes use. I have been cited in Runners World, Best Health magazine (CN), SWEAT Magazine, and the Washington Examiner amongst many other publications. I have been a featured mental games coach in Runner’s World and for the internationally acclaimed trail running resource - I also regularly appear on sports and fitness talk shows such as LTKFitness, Runnersroundtable and for more than three years I have co-hosted a weekly video series with Coach Joe English for I specialize in mental toughness training. My clients include tennis, synchronized swimming, golf, race-kart, soccer, motocross, volleyball, MMA, cycling (road, off-road, time-trialist), running, duathlon and triathlon, basketball, football and baseball athletes. I have coached world-class athletes and athletes internationally. I have a passion for working with youth athletes and helping them apply mental game skills and techniques to all areas of life. Most importantly, my aim is to have people enjoy sports and life to their fullest through peak performances.
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