Friday was hard. Really hard. Like, I almost cried hard. Okay, that's not fair to say. The workout itself was not that hard. It was the accumulation of the week's workouts. Saturday I was just too sore and tired to do anything. :( So instead of one rest day this weekend I had two. Honestly, I needed it. I am loving Insanity and want to follow it as much as I can but I also need to listen to my body. I wasn't before and that is how I ended up inuring my knee.
Today was another day I didn't want to workout. But today was not soreness, just laziness. So I got myself up and made myself do today's workout. I did take a few long breaks but I didn't quit.
As far as progress, I have not taken measurements yet, I will next week, but my weight was down 0.4 pounds from last Monday. I can see some changes already and I am getting more flexible everyday.
I do think I need to make a note of which DVDs have a lot of jumping so I can tape my knee for those, at least for a few more weeks. It still feels just a little weak.
And tonight I decided not to wear shoes. I only have running shoes and things just didn't feel right. Barefoot was surprisingly comfortable! I may have to try minimalist shoes.
Honey Stinger was kind enough to send me some samples. They sent me more than enough to try and give some away! Honey Stinger Waffles are may favorite race fuel. While running 13.1 miles I tend to need more than just a boost. I get HUNGRY! I need something in my stomach. The waffles are perfect because they are easy to eat, easy to carry and fill me up just enough. I have never tried any other Honey Stinger products however. Well, I now have no excuse! They sent three kinds of gels, Organic Vanilla, Organic Fruit Smoothie, and Organic Acai Pomegranate as well as two flavors of bars, Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry Pro and Blueberry Buzz. those bars sound so yummy I am tempted to eat them now! If you would like to try these great products out all you have to do is enter below. One random person will be named the winner next Saturday. Everyone gets one free entry and you can earn more. I don't have any long runs planed so I will be saving the gels for a few weeks but I will try the bars soon and let you know what I think of them soon!
Yesterday was Cardio Power and Resistance and today was Cardio Recovery. When I woke up yesterday I was sore all over so I know this program is doing something for me. I really did not want to do anything but I forced myself and of course I am glad I did. I really like Cardio Power and Resistance. Lots of running in place, high knees, log jumps, power jumps and of course some resistance with things like push-ups and tricep dips. The good news is I didn't feel like I was dying. My knee was a little sore from Monday and Tuesday's workouts so I used KT Tape on it for a little extra support. It felt great an and I had very little soreness today. Today's Insanity workout was Cardio Recovery and was a nice easy workout. At least compared to the other three workouts it is nice and easy! There were many moves I recognized from yoga incorporated with squats, lunges and planks. My legs are very sore from this week and I am glad I own The Stick to workout the knots in my calves. As far as the workouts, the are challenging. Even though the last two were easier than the first two there were still a few things I could not complete. I just push through and do as much as I can though and know I am getting better every day. I realized that four days in a row is longer than I have followed a DVD program before so no reason to break my streak now!
Once again a very challenging workout. The warm up was pretty long, about 15 minutes. I was not expecting that. So warm-up, stretch, workout, stretch. Total the workout is about 45 minutes. What I like about these videos is they show the people doing the workouts getting tired and they put up prompts saying to take a break if you need to. Most of the time when I start a video workout program I get frustrated that I cannot do as many reps or go for as long as they trainer. Insanity is a difficult workout. The point of me doing it is to get into better shape and hopefully by the end I will be able to make it through an entire workout. There are about 8 sets of exercises that this DVD goes through. After about 3 I was exhausted. I did take breaks where I needed to and modified where I felt it was best for me. I also skipped some of the last set. Two exercises I modified were power squats and push-ups. No way I could do the power squats so I just did regular squats. I have very little upper body strength so push-ups are very difficult for me. I did them on my knees then when that got hard I did them agents a wall. And today, I am so sore! Yes, I modified and skipped some, but I worked hard and I can feel it! That is what needs to be taken away from any program. If you give YOUR 100% you will improve. The people in the video were all going at different speeds and some were taking breaks as well. Maybe you can do more than me, maybe less, but if you do everything that you can, that is all that matters.