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Back in 2011 I ran my first marathon, the famous London Marathon. I was sponsored by Nestle Pure Pure Life and was also offered a personal trainer who was giving me a helping hand to get me through all the training.
As I was super keen to train properly for the biggest run of my life, I strictly followed my training plan that was created by Karen, my PT, and was basically running, spinning or swimming 6 times a week with one rest day.
Now I know I should have listened to my body and rest more, which I have been doing when training for my next 2 marathons as unfortunately there were signs I just ignored and finished up having the unfortunate “runner’s knee” problem.
I can still remember being on the phone to Karen, telling her about my issues, and soon being on the way to a sports physiotherapist who only just confirmed my worry and also suggested the only way is to rest, which was exactly what I did not want to hear and could not afford doing 7 weeks before the big race.
I was devastated, but Karen really helped me not to give up and came to see me in a few day’s time to get me started with aqua jogging.
The first time she mentioned aquajogging, I almost bursted out laughing and was asking her how is that going to help me to stay on track with my marathon training.
Soon she revealed she was exactly in the same situation a few years back when she started running long distances, and that aqua jogging is the best way how not to lose your fitness and use all the muscles you use when running when done properly.
I bought my aqua jogging belt, and watched a few videos how to do it, and had a few goes before her visit. I had quite a few people watching me at the local leisure centre, asking what I was doing…..
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I felt ridiculous, but determined not to give up and to do as it was recommended to me. Later one when Karen arrived she helped me loads to improve my posture and technique. It was much harder once you know what to do, and even watching videos is not the same like having someone who can actually can do it to show you, check your technique and be there in the pool with you.
Why Aqua Jogging?
As soon many people will be starting to train for the London Marathon and other, I thought this would be a perfect time to mention this and hopefully help many runners who experience the runner’s knee issue or similar, and to support your cross-training.
Aquajogging has the benefits over swimming of not requiring any previous training and of working a more similar set of muscles to running. Aquajogging has the advantage of being zero-impact.
When performed right, with the correct upright posture, aqua jogging is a great form of resistance training. Because aqua jogging closely mimics natural running form, it provides a neuromuscular workout that, in addition to aerobic benefits, helps keep the running specific muscles active.
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