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Freezing Temps and Deep Water

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The Doc is in the house sharing her newest indooor workout!!! Check it out!

We are literally in the middle of a polar vortex.  It’s crazy out there – schools are canceled, people are stuck in their houses all day and ordering pizza and Chinese food because they don’t/can’t go outside, and every Facebook status I have come across discusses the frigid temp out there.  What is a polar vortex, really?  This is a term I had never heard of until yesterday.  Is this the end of outside winter activities as we know it?  I sure hope not…

For us runners, this “polar vortex” could be putting a temporary kibosh on running outside and forcing us to the treadmill (*GASP* the horror of it all).  I, for one, cannot stand running on the treadmill for longer than 30 minutes.  Maybe I can go up to 45 minutes if, and only if, I have a juicy celebrity magazine and/or a good Bravo Housewives episode on a TV directly in front of me.  So what is a girl to do during these trying artic times? Why not use the opportunity to try something NEW!

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Saturdays are usually my longer running days with my running partner Teen.  Unfortunately, due to snow and ice on Friday, we were confined to an inside workout.  Needless to say, we were not looking forward to 12 miles on the treadmill – we were actually dreading it – really dreading it – I cannot emphasize enough how much we hate the treadmill. So we decided to change things up.  Instead of pounding it out on the treadmill, we decided to get our sprint on in the pool. Using the floatation belts at our local YMCA, we “ran” some laps in the 8 lane pool for about an hour, working in rotation of 2-3 lap sprints followed by a recovery lap to catch our breath.  For us, this equates to around 6 minutes of all out sprinting followed by 2:30 to 3 minutes of recovery. Never tried deep water running before?  Here is a link to article that explains all the basics: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2013/01/training/injured-give-deep-water-running-a-try_31808/2

So you might be thinking, “Deep water running…. How hard could that really be?”  Let me answer you with this, “Hard.  Really, Really Hard. You might want to take a nap afterwards.” Deep water running is the perfect workout for anyone at any fitness level.  It’s a low impact, total body workout – and if you are an avid runner, this gives your body a chance to recover from consistently pounding away on the pavement and treadmill.  Like any workout, you can make it as hard or as easy as you chose to make it.  If your legs are not screaming for mercy during hard efforts then you are either doing something incorrect or just not pushing hard enough!

Here is a little fun fact for you:  Olympic runner, Mary Decker Slaney set a world record at 2,000 meters after a month in the pool and only one fast track workout prior to that race.

So deep water running is my indoor activity – what are some of yours? 

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