People who follow my Twitter or are my friend on Facebook might have noticed my daily Insanity workout posting has stopped. This is because I stopped doing it. Not just the posting, but the workout. Here’s why…
I love the workout. It’s great. And in the future I want to do it again. I didn’t hurt myself, which a few people kept telling me to watch out for. My knees are fine. My back is fine. My arms are fine. However, my lungs may not be. Or maybe it’s my sinuses. For some time now, since last fall, I’ve been having issues with feeling like there is something stuck in the back of my throat. I cough and hack and it doesn’t clear up. I drink water and OJ, I use cough drops and other medications, but relief is only temporary. I’ve been to a doctor and they believe it is likely allergy related, but allergy medications don’t seem to be having any effect. One thing is clear though, the more I did the Insanity workout the worse it got.
So for the time being I am back to my less strenuous workouts of push ups, sit ups, dips, squats and walking. And I’m also hitting up the doctor again to see if we can find another way to proceed, because, frankly, I’m really sick and tired of feeling like this.
Second week complete. See the first week’s post here.
So how did it go? This is probably the most cardio work I’ve done in a very long time. There was a moment, more than a decade ago, where I joined a gym and went every day and ran about 5 miles per day. That might have been more than the Insanity workout, but I don’t remember it being this exhausting.
The one thing I like most about this workout is that while I am very tired at the end of the workout, after a little rest, some water and food, I feel good. I don’t feel wiped out. I don’t hurt for days.
I’m still behind the experts. I have to rest more often than the people on the DVD, and I’m seriously considering altering the program to repeat month 1 twice and then do month 2 twice in other to give myself more opportunity to progress, but I’ve got a couple of weeks before I need to make that decision. For now, I just feel great that I’m able to complete it each day.
I will be running the Peachtree Road Race again this year, and one of the goals of all this is to beat my time from last year of 1:41:31. Just for frame of reference for my time, the Peachtree is a 10k, or 6.2 miles, and the Boston Marathon is 26 miles. The guy who won the Boston Marathon this year ran it in 2:03:02. He ran an average of a 4.7 minute mile. I ran a 16.37 minute mile. I don’t expect to ever be quite that fast, but I’d obviously love to bring my time down a bit. One day, I might even consider running a marathon, but not yet.
Onward to week three…