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.