Monday, April 30, 2012
So, I gave Insanity another fair shake. This time it wasnít just 2 weeks after running my first marathon, during which I really strained my IT band and alternated limping and running the last 6 miles (ie, WAY too soon) and I gave it my full commitment for 3 weeks.
After 3 weeks I decided it is just not for me. Iím not insane enough to finish Insanity. And that kind of makes me sad. Iím someone who likes to finish what I started. I wanted to do this program as I truly thought it would help me strengthen my core and hip flexors and build up my cardio in a way different than running, but that would help me in the long run (pun totally intended).
Could I finish it? Absolutely. Itís not that hard. I mean, itís hard, but itís not impossible. I burned a ton of calories (between 550 and 750 each day). I sweated up a storm and felt great doing it. I had fun doing the workouts. It mixes up a lot of the same moves, but I challenged myself and had a good time. I didnít even mind the insane amount of repetition. There is not a large variety in the workouts to begin with and rotating the same few over and over each week had not started to bother me at all.
Hereís the thing, I feel no change. I donít feel stronger, I donít feel faster, my cardio is not improved. I can do the workouts easier than when I started, but I canít run as long without taking a break which was my ultimate goal. I actually feel worse. My ankles feel weak and donít even get me started on my shoulders. I went for a ďfunĒ run, an extra workout, one night and had to stop after 2 Ĺ miles because the pain in my shoulders from swinging was unbearable. I was in severe physical pain. I run with pretty good form, minimize the arm movements, keep my core strong, etc and I felt like there was a raging inferno inside each of my shoulders. The amount of pushups wasnít a big deal, itís doing them daily, with speedÖitís just not for me. I started feeling broken down. I guess Iím just not meant to leap around the room every day.
Iím not a quitter. I really wanted to do this and finish it with flying colors and a tighter body. Heck, Iíll admit it, I wanted that darn T-shirt! But Iím not going to be stupid. I decided to swallow my pride and go back to what I know works and what I love. I want to run, thatís my exercise passion. I am going to do it smarter this season, like I had said before. Iím not just going to run. Iím going to find a better balance with lots of core, leg and strength training work. Honestly, P90x gives me all that I need minus the running so Iím just going to make a plan involving it both and stick to that. When I complete it, Iíll by my own darn T-shirt! I might not earn theirs, but Iím definitely going to earn my own by being smart and not setting myself up for failure or injury.