My Post Insanity Review – Don’t Make This Mistake!
July 17, 2012 18 Comments
I wanted to give a post Insanity review about my first experience that I had when I put my Insanity training to the test. I just finished Insanity a little over a week ago (check out my Insanity results) and had pretty great results after two months with the program. I gave a full review of the Insanity workout as well (check out my Insanity review) to wrap up my experience with Insanity. It had been a little over a week and I was ready to see what I could do since I was feeling pretty freaking good about myself after finishing Insanity. However after putting my training to the test I realized the next day that I had made a mistake! Keeping reading and find out in my post Insanity review what mistake I made.
Post Insanity Review – My Bad Assumption
Before I lead into what my mistake was I want to real quick tell you what I am training for. I am training for this huge outdoor obstacle course called the Spartan Beast. This particular Spartan Race is a grueling 12+ miles and 25+ obstacles run. It has been my goal since January to finish this race and I have been training since then. The race is October 13-14 and I can’t wait!
So that is what I have been training for and what I am working towards currently. Now are you ready for the mistake I made looking back at my post Insanity review?
The mistake I made was making the assumption that if I just did Insanity and pushed myself hard every workout then my running would improve because my lungs would be so much stronger! Well let me tell you I was not so confident when I went on my first post Insanity run.
I wanted to really push myself and see what I was capable of on the trail near my house. So when I started after warming up and stretching (probably didn’t help it was hot as crap outside either like 99 degrees hot!) I set off on a pretty strong pace. I ended up running a mile in about 7 min give or take. I was pretty tired, but I wanted more because a 7 min run just didn’t feel worth it.
So my second go around I set off on the longer trail, but at a slower pace. Everything was fine my lungs were feeling good my pace felt like I could run for days with the way my lungs were feeling. After running another mile, about half way through the trail, the terrain started to get a little more elevated. So what do you think happened.
My legs got super tired super quick! My lungs felt great, but my legs couldn’t keep up with the changing terrain. I finished the trail (had to really push myself hard) and drove home pretty exhausted and a little disappointed.
You may be asking yourself, well what is the point from all of this……keep reading
Post Insanity Review – The Big Picture
The big picture for my post Insanity review has two points to it actually. The first point is if you are training for a sport, event, marathon, mud run, whatever the case then you have to realize that while programs like Insanity will help you get into shape, they can’t replace the motion of physically running. Straight running is a lot different then the Insanity moves are and involves just as much muscular endurance as it does lung capacity. So my advice to avoiding this for yourself is on your off days to do a light run for whatever is appropriate for you 1,2, 3 miles etc. At least this way your legs will develop muscle memory and well as endurance to go along with your improved cardio capabilities.
Lastly and the second point to the big picture is not to let a mistake discourage you. I have learned a lesson and hope you can learn from this too. I will continue to run on my off days of P90X2 when I start to make up for lost time. People make mistakes, we are all human. It is how you learn from those mistakes that will determine your next outcome.
I hope you enjoyed my post Insanity review and will share my experience with others. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have below.
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