Too Hurt to Run? There's An App for That!

For many runners, one of the worst effects of getting injured is not being able to train. But now, thanks to H2GO, a new app developed by Jennifer Conroyd, side-lined runners can transfer their training miles to the pool instead of the pavement! Training for a marathon in the pool is a great option for injured runners

Conroyd, who used to work in marketing and advertising, first came upon the idea for her app in 2010, when she tore her calf muscle six weeks before she was supposed to participate in the Chicago Marathon. She and her four siblings were supposed to run it together as a fundraiser for a nephew with diabetes, so skipping out on the big event simply wasn’t an option.

Desperate to somehow keep up her training, Conroyd hit the Internet, finally coming across an article about deep-water running. She emailed one of the authors, Kevin Beck, and under his supervision, she completed the rest of her marathon training in the pool.

There, she regularly logged 20-mile long runs, training with some of the hardest workouts of her life. Her fitness level grew to the point where, upon her recovery, she could easily log the same distances on land, free of pain!

Having experienced the benefits herself, Conroyd loaded H2GO with a variety of fully-coached, deep water running workouts. The app and its accompanying water-proof system has even earned the title of “20 Best Workouts in America” from Men’s Journal.

Since I haven’t tried the system myself, I can’t attest to the actual value of Conroyd’s specific workouts, but I can say this: a running injury doesn’t have to derail training, and Conroyd and her app are wonderful proof of that fact. Together with your doctor, you can find ways to recover safely while maintaining your fitness level. Want to know more? Schedule yourself for a consultation in my Houston podiatry office to find out how to keep at your running, even while you’re hurt.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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