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I’m not Insane

Monday, April 30, 2012

So, I gave Insanity another fair shake. This time it wasn’t 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. I’m not insane enough to finish Insanity. And that kind of makes me sad. I’m 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. It’s not that hard. I mean, it’s hard, but it’s 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 didn’t 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.

Here’s the thing, I feel no change. I don’t feel stronger, I don’t feel faster, my cardio is not improved. I can do the workouts easier than when I started, but I can’t run as long without taking a break which was my ultimate goal. I actually feel worse. My ankles feel weak and don’t even get me started on my shoulders. I went for a “fun” run, an extra workout, one night and had to stop after 2 ½ 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 wasn’t a big deal, it’s doing them daily, with speed…it’s just not for me. I started feeling broken down. I guess I’m just not meant to leap around the room every day.

I’m not a quitter. I really wanted to do this and finish it with flying colors and a tighter body. Heck, I’ll admit it, I wanted that darn T-shirt! But I’m 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, that’s my exercise passion. I am going to do it smarter this season, like I had said before. I’m not just going to run. I’m 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 I’m just going to make a plan involving it both and stick to that. When I complete it, I’ll by my own darn T-shirt! I might not earn theirs, but I’m definitely going to earn my own by being smart and not setting myself up for failure or injury.
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    It is kind of comforting to hear someone else had the same issues I did with Insanity. I did like the workout and from my personal experience, I saw huge results in the 3 weeks that I did it, but what it was doing to my body as far as my knees and ankles went, was not a good enough reason for me to continue. I didn't want to do any more damage that what I felt I had already done, so I stopped....I didn't care for P90X (something about Tony Horton grated on my nerves, haha). I haven't found anything I have liked so I gave up and am back at square one. I will be searching for something new to try and hopefully I will find it, but right now I will just walk. It is easy and I can do it anywhere. You have done a great job and are such an inspiration!
    2621 days ago
    Hey it's not for everyone. That's why I love trying different workouts. To see what works for me and what doesn't. I'm working on running right now, it's not my favorite and it's hurting my ankles a bit, but I'm gonna stick it out a little while longer and see if I just need to get over the hump or if it's time to try something else.
    3371 days ago
  • STELA731
    I was thinking of trying Insanity or P90X and after much review decided to go with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution. I started it this week and it's way too soon to give you a full review, but it is a 90 day program. Her approach is to rest the muscles that you worked at least 48 hours, though. Each dvd has 4 circuit trainings and there are 2 dvd's you use for two weeks. Day's 1 & 4 are front of the body workouts, days 2 & 5 back of the body, days 3 & 6 cardio only, and day 7 rest. Same workouts for 2 weeks, then the dvd's get progressively harder with added intensity. I think this is the best approach. I'm running a half marathon this Sunday and decided to start the program anyway even though I'm supposed to be tapering, and while I'm a little sore, I'm not dying. I will not be doing the day 5 dvd though because my hamstrings are a little more sore than the rest of my body and I don't want to be dying.
    3377 days ago
    There is nothing wrong with listening to your body. Insanity is just that...insanity. You put your body through so much and I don't think it's uncommon for one to suffer an injury. The infamous IT Bandit hit me last year, too. It was not a pretty sight. Yes, make your own t-shirt. Too bad they don't have t-shirts that say how awesome you are. You've already earned that one!
    3377 days ago
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  • CANNIE50
    Good job, runner - way to listen to your precious body. I like your attitude.
    3380 days ago
    That's an excellent attitude to have about the whole thing. SO many people, I'm sure, finish that thing regardless of pain or injury, or anything else. Your going to do great with whatever plan you choose to do!
    3380 days ago
    3380 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I have a friend who swears by Insanity and to hear from the "other side" is great. I have not done it, and I got half way through P90X and had to quit. It was just too intense and yes, I had to listen to my body.
    3380 days ago
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    you sound like me and my relationship to Crossfit. The plus side is that after 2 months of it over the winter, my fitness was pretty good. the downside is that because it is so intense, it is hard to sustain it. Also, one thing that i didnt like about it (hence my non-compliance with the program) was that, like your program, was an everyday thing or close to it. Intense programs like that seem to forget that your gains are made when you are allowed to recover, not in the tearing down process. If you are always in the tearing down process, which is what the workout does, you are in a state where you never seem to get on your feet, get your balance, and feel good about what you are doing.

    In a word, it fosters overtraining.

    You never go wrong with giving yourself rest days. When it comes to working out, I have found that it is better to feel like I could have done more, but didnt, rather than wishing I had quit 5 minutes ago.
    3380 days ago
    An honest review of what's good for you and what maybe isn't the best thing is awesome. The same thing that's the BEST for someone, just doesn't work out for someone else.

    Gotta be true to thyself!
    3380 days ago
    I am proud of you for sticking with it for a few weeks. Insanity is no easy task. Ultimately, I feel as though there will come a time when finishing Insanity will become a goal for you. After getting to where you want to be with running, maybe that will be the best time. So, I wouldn't feel too bad about it. Listen to your body. Stick with what you love right now. Eventually, you'll be back at it.

    3380 days ago
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