Insanity Day Two (Plyometric Cardio Circuit)
So far, I think my feelings on Insanity can be summed up easily... I hate it. I really hate it. I'm going to keep giving it a chance for a little while because I haven't exactly loved most exercise programs at first, but they've grown on me. Like running... that thing I based this blog on and then kind of forgot about after the half marathon. Um. I'll get back to that when it isn't snowing outside (and yes, there is snow on the ground outside my house, and yes, I am bitter).
Today's Insanity adventure went a little differently than yesterday's. I was hoping that yesterday was kind of a fluke - I hadn't had any water before I started (perhaps not my best idea), I was feeling a little sluggish anyway, and I was working out in the basement, which is glorious in the middle of summer when the AC is cranked up and you can see your breath down there. Not so glorious come fall and winter when the heat kicks on. By the end of the warmup yesterday, I was already feeling a little lightheaded, but I wanted to stick it out. Again, perhaps not my best idea. About halfway through the fit test (which is only 8 one-minute exercises, so you'd think it would be okay), I felt incredibly nauseous. I finished, but it wasn't pretty, and I honestly thought I was going to throw up. The only real consolation is that I still remember my original fitness test for P90X, and it went horribly as well... it actually made me seriously reconsider the program. And I did really well with P90X, so I decided to plow ahead.
Fast forward to today. I woke up and my lower back and hamstrings were incredibly tight. Painfully tight. I really didn't want to face a second day of torture, but I wanted to give it a chance. So I fixed all the mistakes I thought I'd made yesterday. I had a little something to eat so I wouldn't crash and burn, I drank some water, and I made sure it wasn't boiling lava hot for my workout. Then I started Plyometric Cardio Circuit, and it all went downhill from there.
By the end of the warmup, I was already a little tired and a lot sweaty. And then we did the warmup routine again. And again. One complaint I have with Insanity so far is that it is tedious. I'm almost wishing I'd done Insanity first and then Turbo Fire, because now I am comparing the two... Turbo Fire was very physically challenging, but it was always fun. The music was fun, the moves were fun, and even when I felt like I was going to die, I never felt like I had to quit. With Insanity, I was staring at the little clock on the screen wondering why it wasn't moving faster. And yes, you're working your ass off so you shouldn't care that you're doing the same moves over and over, but I can't help it. It was boring.
After three times through the warmup, it was time to start what Shaun T referred to as "Suicide Drills." Joy. I have finally learned why I had no interest in doing sports in high school - drills. I hate drills. This is where I lost it. I got through one or two drills and thought I was going to have to quit. My body was tired, my heart wasn't in it, and I just wanted to give up. So I stopped the DVD and cried for ten minutes. Really, this program and I have a great track record so far. First day, I almost throw up. Second day, I stop the workout to cry. I'm curious to see what the other breaks will be as I keep going!
But I did muster up the courage and the energy to push through the rest of the workout. And now I'm trying to figure out exactly how I'm going to proceed. I do struggle with committing to something that I find incredibly unpleasant, especially because my back and hamstrings do really seem to be struggling with it. But at the same time, I also struggle with giving up on something that I've wanted to do for so long. P90X wasn't easy, but I did it. Training for the half marathon wasn't easy, but I did it. I'd like to be able to say that same about Insanity, as long as my back can play nice.
The one great thing about hard workouts, though, is that they get me ready for sleep. So... here goes!