Posted by martin.parnell |

Race completed:

  • Powderface42

  • Date: Saturday July 16th 2011
  • Location: Kananaskis, Alberta
  • Temp: 22C
  • Distance: 44.5km (actual)
  • Run Time: 7hr 39min 17sec
  • Average Heart Rate: 107 BPM
  • Total nos of Runners: 57

Injury is a part of a runner's life. During Marathon Quest 250 I had a major problem with a repetitive strain in my left leg and had to stop running for two and a half weeks. Other issues during the year included back pains, sciatic nerve issues, shoulder strain from the hydration pack, blisters (4) and falls (4). After the last run, on December 31st, things seemed to settle down a bit but recently I've develop rotator cuff problems in my left shoulder.  Sue's been having some foot challenges and has had to give running a break.

We were trying to think about what we could do to keep the blood moving when Sue mentioned AquaSize. She had been going to the Big Hill pool two times a week and she said it was a great workout. I was a bit sceptical, but have read a number of articles promoting this type of activity.

An article in "Runners World" stated that for years, world-class runners have used pool running to maintain their conditioning when they can't run. Former marathon world record holder Khalid Khannouchi ran in the pool to stay in shape when a foot injury prevented him from doing his normal training. Janis Klecker, a 1992 Olympic marathoner, has done twice-a-week pool runs for years. "If I'm too tired to run," says the dentist and mother of six, "I jump in the pool. It always reenergizes me." Also, Lisa Bentley, 3 times Ladies Ironman Canada winner, is a great advocate of pool running.

AquaSize is an impact-free exercise class which uses water resistance to improve strength, flexibility and endurance.  It can incorporate the use of floatation belts and foam dumbbells. It's a "Safe, enjoyable, well-balanced workout to music. Appropriate for swimmers or non-swimmers and all fitness levels".

Well, if it's good enough for a former marathon world record holder then it's good enough for Sue and I. On Wednesday evening we went down to Bill Hill Pool and paid our $5.75, for a 45 minute session. We headed into the pool and joined about 20 people. Instructor Miriam put us through our paces with a wide ranch of activities. We ran, stretched and completed various jumps and moves.

Towards the end Miriam threw some compressed foam dumb bells into the pool. They weigh about 500 grams each and are easy to lift above your head. However, we were told to put them below the water level and start pulling them down towards our hips. OMG. They suddenly turned into 20lb weights, a terrific arm and shoulders work out. The 45 minutes flew by and it was then time for the hot tub. I was very impressed with the session and will definitely go back.

As we age, we lose 1% of our muscle mass per year. So, it's very important that we continue to exercise the muscles we have and Aquasize can help you do this.

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Q: What do you get if you all sit under a cow?
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Quote of the Day

"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."

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Even bears like AquaSize

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