I want to, I really really do, but I physically can’t.
After today’s workout, the shin splint in my left leg was pretty much unbearable. Which was distracting me from the fact that I was beginning to develop a shin splint in my right leg as well.
It may have been too much too soon. I’m going to shift gears and go back to P90x and see what happens. I’ll do one complete “term” of P90X (90 days) and then see if I haven’t ramped my way up to where I can do Insanity. As much as I really like the Insanity workout, at this point in my exercisorial career, I’m not physically ready for it.
So today I re-start P90X with Chest & Back.
Fit Test 2
Yesterday was a day off and today, the first day of the third week in the Insanity program, I re-took the fit test I took on day 1 so I could groan at how far I haven’t come.
Actually, I surprised myself in some of them. Not so much in others. All in all, though, I ended up a sweaty mess on the floor in the fetal position. So yea, I guess it was a good workout.
- SWITCH KICKS – Day 1: 50/Day 15: 62
- POWER JACKS – Day 1: 30/ Day 15: 49
- POWER KNEES – Day 1: 81/Day 15: 109
- POWER JUMPS – Day 1: 23/ Day 15: 27
- GLOBE JUMPS – Day 1: 6/Day 15: 7
- SUICIDE JUMPS – Day 1: 10/Day 15: 12
- PUSH-UP JACKS – Day 1: 20/Day 15: 25
- LOW PLANK OBLIQUE – Day 1: 35/Day 15: 52
Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
Wow, Ed, you just about made it all the way through Pure Cardio! That’s great! Oh but hey, today we’re also adding Cardio Abs on top of that, so don’t get so cocky just because you went further than ever before. Yep. Now I have a new way to kill you, and I can do it without any situps or crunches.
Cardio Power & Resistance
I think I pushed it a little too hard today but I don’t care. When I was finished I drank about a gallon of water to replenish my fluids and then just laid on the floor and listened to my How To Speak Italian CD, panting and gasping in between repeating vowels and consonants and other common sounds.
Don’t let the word “recovery” fool you. I still ended this 30-minute yoga/stretch routine sweating like a fat guy on a date with Jillian Michaels.
Cardio Power & Resistance
I was really plowing through this time. With half of my brain I was trying to be mindful of the shin splint that is setting in in my left leg, but with the other half, I just wanted to work out.
I got about 28 minutes into the work out before I had to call it quits. Not because I was out of breath and all woozy like usual – I think I was actually starting to hit what some people refer to as a “runner’s high” – but because the shin splint started to really flare up after one of the 30-second breaks. I’m not too disheartened, though. My heart rate watch tells me that although I worked out 3 minutes less than the last time I did this particular DVD, I actually burned 60 more calories this time around.
Today was a day of rest, which is good as yesterday toward the middle of the workout I started to develop a shin splint in my left leg. I walked to the local coffee shop this afternoon, which isn’t too far, and on the way back it started to re-surface.
Various medical websites tell me I’m probably not going to die, so that’s good. The most common cause of shin splints is a sudden increase or intensity in physical fitness.
I’ll try to continue tomorrow at a significantly lower rate and see what happens. I really hope this doesn’t delay me too much.
The weird thing is, with the Insanity program I’m actually looking forward to the workouts, which is a first for me. On Day 2 I was really looking forward to this day off. Today, though…I kinda miss it.