Back At It

If you’ve been reading my blog for the past week, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve altered the INSANITY schedule a little bit throwing in an extra rest day before my race and not working out on Mother’s Day.  I want to let you know that all stops today. I am 100% back at INSANITY and going to keep up with the schedule, giving INSANITY all that I have!

Today calls for the Fit Test, which I will be doing after work around 5 o’clock.  I am also going to throw in Cardio Abs afterwards since that is part of the workout that I missed on Mother’s Day.

Today is also a special day as it is the start of my new running plan.  I will be posting more on this later but today’s running workout calls for 5 x 1000m repeats with a 4 minute break between them.  It’s a good thing this is my first round of repeats as I don’t have anything to compare it to.  It will be following on the tail of my INSANITY workout and I may be a little tired to begin with, but hopefully that means that by the next speed workout I’ll see faster results.  

Rest Day

After yesterday’s unplanned rest day, today I feel ready to go!  Mind you I’m currently sitting in a  desk chair and have been for 4 hours now so I have a lot of energy stored up!

Also, because I’m sitting in my desk chair without piles of work to be done, and have been for the entire morning, I have had a lot of time to think.  Where does my mind wander? To my INSANITY  journey of course.  And what does this wandering produce? A burning desire, yes a desire, to do an INSANITY workout.  As I sit here and think about my INSANITY program and what I committed to, I feel so terrible that I’m “resting” (my mind substitutes “skipping” here) for two days.  But is there anything I can do about it?

I have this unwritten rule that the day before a race is a rest day, but depending on the week, may include a sloooooooow 3-5km jog; the length depends on the length of the race the next day.  Unfortunately, I don’t think an INSANITY workout would be equal to a slow twenty minute jog…

So where does this leave me?

I am writing to ask for some feedback.  In my heart of hearts I know that an INSANITY workout would be pretty intense to do the day before a race.  But… my race tomorrow isn’t a goal race. So, should I continue with my INSANITY plan? If I do does that mean I am more concerned about my overall fitness and not just my running? Is that a bad thing? But then what about my knee? It doesn’t hurt right now but I’m also not even standing on my feet.  What would happen if I start jumping around?  Should I give INSANITY a try and if my knee acts up then stop? Should I keep with my rest plan and skip INSANITY?

Please offer your opinions as otherwise I will just be left to my own mind wandering for the entire afternoon as I sit glued to my office chair.

Okay ya’ll… I have some bad news.

Okay ya’ll… I have some bad news.

Last night I was supposed to do the Cardio Circuit.  After work when I got home, I had a very large dinner so instead of doing my INSANITY right afterwards, I went for a walk in the beautiful spring weather to help digestion.  Long, boring story short, it was after 8:30 before I got in the INSANITY mindset.  

Now, as I’ve brought up numerous times, I have a race this Saturday.  Even though this is not my goal race (a race that I’ve specifically been focussing on to achieve a personal best), I still take race days seriously and want to perform to the best of my ability.  So why do I bring this up again?

As I started to warm-up for my INSANITY workout, I felt a pain in my right knee.  It was on the inside at the base of my knee cap.  Being a runner, I’m very familiar with aches and pains but this didn’t feel like the typical soreness that comes with pushing your body to excel in a sport.  

To describe the sensation, it felt like someone was stabbing a knitting needle into that area.

Not good, not good at all.  My mind went on high alert and sent out loud warning signals.  Because I have a race this Saturday and because I want to be able to continue with my running schedule and INSANITY for the duration of the summer without worrying about a pesky injury, I decided it was best to take an extra rest day.

It was a tough decision to make, knowing that this would throw me two days off of my INSANITY schedule, but sometimes you need to listen to your body and the signals it’s transmitting to you.  I’m really hoping that this situation can heal up in the two days that I’m giving it off and I’m praying that it doesn’t come flaring up during the race.

I’ll let ya’ll know how it goes from here and you can be sure that I’ll be back to my INSANITY regime on Saturday after my race.

Week 2 Begins

I am happy to announce that I have officially made it through my first week of INSANITY!

In retrospect, it was not all that terrible and I may have enjoyed myself (even if the feeling was fleeting).  It was definitely a good thing that I was held accountable by my twitter followers and this blog as there were a couple times (namely Friday) that I had zero motivation to turn on my DVD and sweat my heart out.

If you’re unfamiliar with how INSANITY goes, it is 6 days working out with one day of rest.  Every two weeks it calls for the Fit Test to benchmark progress.  The whole program is two months with one week of recovery in between.

Today was my INSANITY rest day and boy did I enjoy it.  I still went for a morning run, travelling 5km in just over 25 minutes.  

This week, now that I’m more familiar with the moves, I’m going to give everything I have so that by the time next week rolls around I will hopefully see marked improvement when I take my Fit Test 2. 

As for measurements, I will be taking those every Wednesday.

I hope y’all enjoyed my blogging thus far and continue to read on as I continue my journey.