So, it's official, I am embracing water running. I've been given a choice. I can just let go of running right now, and then start from square one, or I can water run, which will give me a headstart when I'm allowed to hit the pavement again.
I've chosen the headstart. I've read articles of professional runners coming back from injuries and doing very well because they water ran. If it works for them, it can work for me...
I've heard horror stories about the boredom of water running. Then again, I've heard horror stories about the boredom of treadmill running. As a mother of young kids, the treadmill in my basement has often allowed me to get a run in when it would otherwise be impossible. Now, the water lets me get a "run" in when it is otherwise impossible.
The biggest battle is with boredom. On the treadmill, I usually watch netflix, although when I do intervals, I sometimes just stick with music.
I considered setting up my tablet next to the pool, but I don't think they have wifi there. Plus, I'd be pretty annoying if I started snapping at swimmers for splashing my tablet. I needed another solution.
Isn't technology grand? They now make waterproof cases for ipods.
|My newest toy|
There wasn't quite enough time for it to arrive before Mother's Day, but I got it shortly after. The only hiccup in using it was when I realized it had really short cords for the headphones, as it's designed to be attached to goggles. I thought it would look a bit silly to wear goggles for water running, so I went looking and found one of those elastic headbands that claim to be non slip (they aren't really non slip, but were enough for this purpose).
The headband worked perfectly, and I was good to go. After doing a few water running sessions with only other swimmers to look at, the music made my last session whiz by. It's a good thing too, because I boasted to Angie that I could take as much water running as she wanted to give me. I'll be doing 1.5 hours of it this weekend, and methinks that time may just increase...
|Unfortunately, you can't really see the headband because it's the same colour of my hair.|