It may not be a question you ask yourself often, but in case you've ever wondered...the answer is A LOT!
We met Matt and Ryan from 2 Stand Up Guys at the Lagoon. Right off the bat, they were fun and friendly and made us feel at ease. They gave us excellent preparation instruction and once they thought we were ready to get in the water, we did.
I tell this to my runners all the time. The only doubts we have are the ones we place on ourselves. No one else places the doubt but us. We have to tell ourselves that we're in control over whether or not we can get through a run and nothing else. Matt went on about stamina, endurance, pacing ourselves, etc. It was a little strange for me to be hearing the same things I say to my runners.
What was most interesting is the technique in which you use to paddle board. You bend your knees, keep good upright posture, but have a slight forward lean (ahem, proper running form sounds pretty similar, right?). You need to look in front of you to where you want to go. When you look down, you change your form, which throws off your balance, increasing the likelihood of you falling. Again, this is exactly what you should do while running.
I have to say that the experience was much better than I had anticipated. Once I realized that there really wasn't anything to worry about and I had more control over the situation than previously thought, I felt a lot better. Who knows, maybe stand up paddle boarding will be my new cross training activity. It was definitely a great total body workout. If nothing else, it helped me get over some of the apprehension I have when it comes to water sports. I'm not saying I'm going to become the next big thing, but instead of watching, I may actually get in on the fun next time. The whole point is to be open minded and just see where it can take you.