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Insanity...before getting serious about running

Posted: 13/07/2011 at 08:46

Dont be scared of the max sessions.... but do be prepared to question their do-ability whilst part way through the warm up!  You'll soon learn how to pace yourself differently and you'll get a massive buzz from them.

I'm doing the Tonbridge Half marathon in september, but nothing else so far....I always used to be a cyclist and am considering moving back to that rather than running.

Insanity...before getting serious about running

Posted: 13/07/2011 at 08:35
Emmy_bug wrote (see)

How is your eating coming along?

 I was thinking of trying to increase my training routine (morning: insanity, evening: run) but i'm not sure how wise that its!

I'm being more careful for sure, but my sweet tooth/bread tooth quite often wins the battle of wills!  I'm tempted to give the insanity meal plan a go...not sure how it'd fit in with my day but I'll consier it.

You're brave if you try it, but then again - give it a couple of days try and see how you get on.....whats the worse that can happen? lol

Insanity...before getting serious about running

Posted: 12/07/2011 at 22:30

Hey everyone,

Did my first insanity in a week and half today, I did the first months power and resistance DVD....even having done the MAX sessions the normal workout was still hard (especially during moving push ups) - but then I guess it should be as you should always be pushing and digging deeper!

I've been running more and feel great to be honest, my minute/mile times are much improved and I feel like I "carry" myself better and put it down to improved core strength.

I've revised my thoughts on doing 1 MAX session per week, and will replace it with a first month workout - I'm of the opinion that unless you're in the middle of the max sessions trying to do 1 session of MAX per week is not do-able as you need to be fit for it, and doing it once a week is not realistic.

So the plan now is.

Monday.  insanity (choice of power/cardio/plyo)

Tuesday. REST

Wednesday. shorter run (hills/tempo/fartlek)

Thursday. 5 aside football

Friday. shorter run  (hills/tempo/fartlek)

Saturday. Insanity - either cardio abs or insane abs

Sunday. Long run.

hopefully by Sept 25th I'll be in half marathon shape

Insanity...before getting serious about running

Posted: 05/07/2011 at 14:55

I'm doing ok....did my first run last night since the London marathon - did 3 miles and my legs are in bits today!  I'd have thought after 2 months of insanity of 5 aside football I should be ok.....shows what I know!

As for the idea on pace/time as I didnt take a watch, but I was a lot more "bouncy" and felt good.  Hopefully a sign of things to come!

Emmy - dont be scared to take a rest, the last thing you want to do is injure yourself!

Insanity...before getting serious about running

Posted: 04/07/2011 at 10:31

Emmy - no I didn't, my diet has been appalling..... a "normal" day for me would be:

Breakfast - Fruit and fibre cereal

Lunch - Corned beef sandwich, packet of crisps, chocolate bar or museli bar

Dinner - 3 slices of toast with beans or mince  pasta

Snacks - I'll normally eat 3 or 4 celebrations chocolates per day (our reception area has a dish with chocs in)

Looking at that there's no guessing why I'm 16stone +......

From today onwards though I'm going to try and eat smarter.

What are you doing food wise Emmy?

**EDIT** - protein shake after insanity

Insanity...before getting serious about running

Posted: 03/07/2011 at 18:09
I'm interested too, it'll be a week or so until my first threshold run as I'll ease myself back into running at first. But I'm looking forward to see what I can do now.... I can imagine hills being easier because of insanity and hopefully my "natural" pace should be a little quicker.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how you guys get on with insanity and what kind of results you see.... We're starting a trend!

Edit--- well done emmy, a sky dive is high on my list of things I want to do, much respect.

Insanity...before getting serious about running

Posted: 03/07/2011 at 17:08

Ok, so thats it Insanity over and done with.... I'm not going to lie, the last week and a half has been pretty poor.  I've been busy at work and doing an hour of exercise like insanity starting at 6:30-6:45 pm when I've been up since 5:45am actually beat me into missing a few sessions.  If you've got a hectic lifestyle the MAX section of insanity will test your will power and endurance.....hats off to anyone that 100% does the plan.

Anyway, I did my final fit test today and here are my results:

I've learnt some very good technique over the last month which enabled me to absolutely nail the power jumps, combined with my new core strength and explosive power I actually managed to keep up with the "robots" on the DVD.  But look at the change since Day 1 I'm getting on for TWICE as fit as I was back then....and thats in 2 months!

As for my body change..... I was 16 stone 9lbs when I started and have finished off at 16 stone 3lbs.  So 6lbs loss.....ok, not amazing but my weak point for my whole life has been my diet.  My food choices are very poor and something I seriously need to look at to get some real changes in my body.  However, all things considered my body has changed:

CHEST - lost 1 inch

Stomach - lost 2 inches

Thighs - lost 3.5 inches

Biceps - put on 1 inch

So ok, only 6 lbs weight loss but lost a lot of my body I'm definitely more muscley and stronger.

So what next....... 12 weeks today I'm doing the Tonbridge half marathon so need to get my running back on track whilst keeping insanity in my life.  Its given me such a buzz and getting comments from people who notice the change is always nice. 

So here is a 2 week sample of my basic plan for the next 12 weeks:

So in 12 weeks time I should be half marathon fit!

So my conclusion for insanity.....happy I found it, happy I kept to it as much as I did.  Its changed my body, changed the way I look at fitness but proved that food is my someone my size shouldn't work out as hard as I have for the last 2 months and only lose 6lbs.  MUST DIG DEEPER!

Insanity...before getting serious about running

Posted: 29/06/2011 at 09:53

Switch kicks - as you've only just started insanity I'd concentrate more on getting your rhytm right.  When I first started my wife said I looked like I was doing hop skotch/skipping rather than "kicking".  I still dont kick particuarly high but better than when I started and for the full 45-60 seconds.  When you increase your hip flexor flexibility you'll get your legs higher, but I'd concetrate on getting your elbows tight in, abs tight and kick as well as you can, but get good rythm.

Level 2s - I know what you mean about trying to keep up.  At first I found the drills hard full stop...not just keeping up but doing any at all.  But I've found the biggest thing is to do as many as YOU can in good form, dont try and keep up with the DVD just do as many as you possibly can in the time as well as you can.  Better to do 2 in good form than trying to bash out 4 and not get the benefit.

Pedal - must admit I havent struggled with this one.  I simply "sprint" for about 6-8 steps and then go into the lunges, again, try not to listen to Shaun for the it at your own pace for the time period.

They do move from one linked exercise to another quickly.....but I maintain that its best to do as many as you can the best you can.  For the workout I did last night (max plyo) there is a section where you do 16 pushups, followed by 16 "runs" and then repeat.....I generally manage 12 pushups in the same time as them, do the runs but then only manage 8 push ups in the next set.  I'll then just go into childs pose or plank to get a breather until I do as many of the runs as possible.

 Moral of my story - do as many as you can in good form in the time allotted, dont worry about keeping up with the maniacs on the dvd!

Insanity...before getting serious about running

Posted: 29/06/2011 at 09:27

Hi Emmy

 Yeah, I took the dvds on holiday with me and played them on my portable dvd problems at all.

What moves are you having particular trouble with?  with the push up exercises if I'm struggling with the moving push ups/power push ups/jack push ups (these are moves you'll find in the max month) I'll just drop onto my knees and do "girly" push ups until the time is up.......

Let me know what other moves you struggle with and I'll see if I can help!

Insanity...before getting serious about running

Posted: 28/06/2011 at 13:54
Protein bulking you up is a myth....thats creatine.  Protein shakes help your muscles recover and help lean muscle grow
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