Having a major event to train for really kept me in the habit of planning out my workouts a few months in advance. After the Goofy Challenge, however, I felt kind of lost for the past two weeks. Sure, I have a goal of running 12 more half marathons this year and I want to run them sub 2 or faster. I also really need to strength train as well.
Putting together a workout plan wasn’t so cut and dry anymore. I couldn’t just go to RunnersWorld.com and print off my plan and follow it. Sure I could add in a strength training workout a few times a week and then run, but how many miles, what strength program?? Ugh!
I was getting caught up in the little details last week and not moving ahead. Then, things started to fall into place over the weekend. In the morning Hubby and I ran the Freeze Your Franny 5K and freeze we did!
Later that night, Hubby and I visited a Cross Fit BOX as part of date night on Saturday. Yea, we are an exciting bunch! Ha!
We actually did have a nice dinner in town before and got to walk around and enjoy the Fire & Ice Festival that was going on.
I was pumped and loved what I saw, freaked out a bit too! Hubby was excited and thought it was a great Box too and a great way to workout. There was one thing, the $300 a month…. After we left we walked around town some more and chatted. There was also the 3x a week class commitment for the first month. Two huge things to consider.
Hubby, bless his heart, never says BOO about my running. We both work full time and make equal decisions about big expenses, but I did book several huge trips last year without more than a mention to him. Something like, “I might as well get my Coast to Coast medal this year, let’s go to Disneyland too!” His response, “Ok.”
Well, on our walk Hubby gently mentioned that this Cross Fit expense would take a nice bite into my funds for running. STOP THE PRESS!!!! WHAT? I knew he had a point. I love racing, the kids love racing and heck, even Hubby loves racing. Well, that’s not going to happen J
Truthfully, I was also intimidated by the BOX. Sure, I can run 40 miles in one weekend, but doing a pushup? Nope, maybe 3. I need to strength train and I need it badly. The thought of doing pull ups, even assisted ones, and pushups in front of others… Yea, kind of scary at this point.
I woke up Sunday morning all excited to strength train after seeing what was going down at the BOX the night before. I needed to figure out what to do. Hubby mentioned that I did buy Insanity last Fall and it is still downstairs. Perfect! He even said he will join me in working out together! STOP THE PRESS AGAIN! Bonus!
It was pretty cool to have a partner. Tough test, but lots of laughs!
We were at it again Monday morning and completed the Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit. What an amazing workout, I really enjoyed the 10 minutes in the middle of yoga type, deep stretches. The stretches and poses really loosened up my hips with all the movements. The other 20 minutes were, well insane. Lots of jumps, squats, pushups. I did a few sets of pushups using my knees, the others I think I just laid flat on the ground pretending I was doing them.
Tuesday morning I was ridiculously sore! Almost, dare I say it, worse than the Goofy Challenge. Everything hurt, my feet were killing me, my legs were sore, my upper body was ok, but not the best. I put on my compression tights for the day and wondered why I didn’t put them on right after the workout Monday am. Compression tights are not just for running
The soreness got me thinking that there is no way I can do Insanity 6 days a week, as they recommend, and keep running too. I have come too far to get hurt again, and I know my body will need to recover. Seems to me though, the Insanity program is not designed for full recovery. Fine, but once again, no need to get hurt here. I am the type that likes to get into things slowly and help my body adapt instead of just pushing more and more.
I sat down with a calendar and a printout of the Insanity schedule as well as Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half Marathon training plan and attempted to combine the two. After all was said and done, I think I did a pretty good job!
For the month of February:
March I switched over to the Insanity Max DVDs:
I tried to rotate the Insanity DVDs to switch things up and keep it fresh. I also put in the miles, somewhat according to the Hal Higdon plan, but mainly what I thought I needed, and could handle. I figure I am getting speed type running workouts by using Insanity, so Tuesday runs will be faster, Thursday slower, and Sunday recovery.
I am so relieved that I have a plan in place now for February and March that ends with my next Half Marathon, Rock CF on March 24th. I will reassess again Mid March, but for now, I’m good. I need to see things written down and excited about seeing the awesome benefits I will get out of Insanity.
I did a quick 2 mile run last night in 17 minutes and all was well until it started sleeting. It felt good and once I started running the soreness went away.
This morning I did 20 minutes of the Insanity Cardio Power and Resistance DVD. It was hard to get through the first 10 minute warm-up as I was sore, and not really keeping good form, the next 10 minutes were stretches and yoga and felt great. I decided to cut it short as my form was really poor due to being so sore, better safe than sorry and better doing 20 minutes than nothing at all Got to stay with my plan now
How far in advance do you plan your workouts?
Do you design your own plan to fit your needs or go with a schedule already designed?