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.
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    My last run of 2010 was in September. My first this year was after Insanity. I ran farther faster than I did on my last run. My first run in 6 months was actually my 4th fastest since i began recording them, so it definitely helped me!
    2635 days ago
    Running the 5k in 33 minutes is awesome! You did great!! My husband started doing jumping routines to help him with basketball so I believe the insanity will help you a great deal! Good luck to you! You can do it!
    2635 days ago
    They say it helps.

    When I first started Insanity , I would run once a week to stay with it. I remember running 20 minutes the 2nd week and found it to be much easier (I run on the treadmill). Since then, I just did Insanity. I have 2 weeks left. Once I'M done, I will start running again. I can't wait to see how it goes.

    Good Luck!
    2636 days ago
    Strength traiing definitely helps with running! Great job on doing the original 5k! Keep up the hard work!
    2636 days ago
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