Will Insanity make me run faster?
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
This is a question I've been pondering often, now that I'm in week two of the program. When I ran the 5K in the fall, I finished in 33 minutes. No one is going to give me even a certificate for that, but I'm happy I finished it without walking.
I haven't run outside since October-ish, because it's cold out there and I'm a wimp. I've continued to work out on my elliptical and with various DVDs, but I wonder what it will be like once I start running again.
I figure that I'm a few pounds lighter than when I ran the race, and that can only help. Furthermore, I've read that high intensity interval training increases your lung capacity, therefore, increasing the amount of time you can work out before you enter an anaerobic phase. All that it means is that you're using oxygen more efficiently.
Another aspect of Insanity is plyometrics. I can only hope all this jumping around is developing new muscles in my legs that will help me run faster.
I'm planning on starting running in May after I've finished with Insanity. The goal is to run a 5K in less than 30 minutes this time, but I haven't chosen what my next race will be.