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Ocean Running

When I arrived on Oahu in the end of 2006, my plan was to swim, bike, run, and have fun for 6 months. The first week on the island I met two men who would have a big impact on my life Raul Boca and Tim Marr. I learned really quickly that the two of them embraced four disciplines: swim-bike-run-fun!

As a result of their incredible support, I found myself swimming, biking, and running almost every day. It was so much fun to explore Hawaii and connect with nature! However, my body was not accustomed to the amount of training I was doing. That is when they introduced me to a form of cross training called “aqua jogging”.

When you aqua jog, you run in the ocean where the water is deep enough that your feet don’t touch the bottom. That was it! The very first time I aqua jogged, I fell in love with it! I learned I could keep up with Tim’s pace more easily than I ever could on the bike or on a run. Best of all, after I finished aqua jogging my legs felt great, and not beat up as they often did after running on the road. However, I learned that aqua jogging is not easy. While it helps protect your legs, you can push yourself to get just as good of a workout as if you were running on the road.

Since my first introduction to aqua jogging as a fun alternative to conventional training, I have read more about the benefits of this activity and along the way improved my technique when running in deep water. I have also spoken with professional triathletes and elite runners that have been used this exercise for years, both as cross training, and during period of injury. Many elite runners shared with me how they used aqua jogging when injured to improve their fitness and to become faster and stronger runners. However, I noticed relatively few recreational athletes utilize aqua jogging as a workout.

A few of them told me that aqua jog is “boring”, or it is for “old ladies”, or they “prefer to swim or run” instead. I realized that they never really had someone teach them how to do it properly. So two years ago, I partnered with Raul to teach an aqua jogging class to any athletes who wanted to learn. We could spread the benefits of this exercise and also get fit ourselves!

We started calling our aqua jog clinic OCEAN RUNNING, because really that’s what we do! We are not just jogging in the water, we are running in the ocean! It provides a big fitness benefit with lots of smiles along the way.
Recently, ironman.com wrote an article about the benefits of aqua jogging for triathletes. You can find the article here: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon-news

Watch our ocean running short video!

Join us! Wednesday 7am @ kaimana beach

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some dreams are worth sharing…

Mariane

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    RDJS
    September 24, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Hi!
    Just moved here from Guam, I am also a swim/bike/run hobbiest. Just wanted to let you know I really like your blog & have found it useful for finding places to train here 🙂

    • Reply
      mariane uehara
      September 29, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Aloha,
      thank you for checking the blog:)
      happy swim . bike. run!
      Mariane

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    Dan
    June 8, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Great article! Thanks for sharing. I am an amateur runner, and I really needed some guidelines, tips and tricks from the experts or people who have great experience in running. Thankful to have found your article. It gave me courage to try other stuff aside from running.

    • Reply
      mariane uehara
      June 12, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Aloha Dan! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the post. I love ocean running, it’s a great and fun cross training.

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    Marco
    December 3, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Aloha. I was born in Pearl City but alas left when I was very young. I am an avid runner now and really wish I lived near the ocean. Would love to try this out.

    • Reply
      mariane uehara
      December 5, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Aloha Marco! In your next trip to Hawaii come try our class:)

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    Dan
    January 4, 2017 at 12:29 am

    I’m jealous of people who lives on warm climates. From where I’m from it’s almost impossible for me to enjoy outdoor swimming. Swimming on pools is not as enjoyable as swimming on tropical waters. I did have the chance to try other discipline other than running. Thanks for the article.

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    Dan
    January 9, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Mariane. Your article was indeed helpful, I got to try aqua jogging last year and it was not easy, as you think it is. It can actually become a good workout to strengthen your legs. Best regards!

    • Reply
      mariane uehara
      January 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Dan,
      thank you for stopping by:) I agree that aqua jog can be a hard and great overall workout!
      if you come to the islands one day come try our ocean run class!
      cheers,
      Mariane

  • Reply
    Marianette
    March 20, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Hope you’re having the class 3/22/17 – I’ve been wanting to take this class for a while.

  • Reply
    Marianette
    March 20, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Hope you’re having the class 3/22/17 – I’ve been wanting to take this class for a while.

    • Reply
      mariane uehara
      March 21, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Hi Marianette,
      I am so sorry to inform you that tomorrow we will NOT have ocean run class due the high probability of jellyfish.
      But we will be there on March 28! I hope you can make it.
      Cheers,
      Mariane

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