Sarah even suggested that water running might help me get BETTER (in addition to simply keeping me in shape) - "the muscles that were shutting down because of the pounding are now working and getting stronger so your proper balance is restoring. The stretching helps a lot, plus all the other exercises in getting everything working properly. But, the pool running is key because it strengthens the muscles as they need to be strengthen for the running motion."
Works for me. I'll try and water run twice a day for the next week. The are far more unpleasant things to do when it's 90-100 degrees. I was smiling when I left the pool this morning and an older man noted "no better way to start the day, huh?". I nodded, but knew there was. Nothing beats an hour of distance running.