Insanity and Running

I wanted to put up a post on Insanity and how it helped tremendously on my running. Last year I was doing a lot of running while doing P90X and One on One with Tony Horton. I knew that Insanity was coming out and I wanted to do it as soon as I was able to. I think I started Insanity around July of 2009. I have it here on my blog. Well anyhow, I was in between running two different half marathons. I finished one in April where I was able to get my PR of my half to less than 2 hours. I was stoked. I never felt better and I thought that my running and fitness was really good. Once I started Insanity I knew that this was going to be rough. I got the Plyometric Cardio Circuit workout maybe a few months earlier and I knew that workout was tough. So I kind of had an idea of what to expect from the rest of the series. I was totally wrong of course. Insanity is something that you can’t describe till you go through it yourself and do the whole program. I have heard many people ask me about it and they say that they can’t finish the workout and can’t finish the 60 days. I think people always look at themselves and learn to quit rather than put in the effort to see what could happen. The unknown is always a weird thing. But anyhow, I had the AFC half marathon in August that I wanted to do better on. The course would be more flatter and it would be much more hotter than the La Jolla half marathon in April. So when I started Insanity, I was already running and working out and being active but I wanted more. I knew that Insanity would bring me the changes I was looking for.

I was at a point where I was training for the AFC half marathon and doing Insanity at the same time. I even made a goal in August to run 30 miles on my birthday in October. I was at day 32 where I did the half marathon. I was able to finish at a time of 1:47:29. That was a time of 8:12 min/mile. My previous half marathon time was 1:59:11. 12 minutes off of my previous time. That is almost a minute per mile faster. That is crazy for me. To shave off a minute per mile over a distance of 13 miles really says a lot for Insanity.

I think I was able to keep my speed up for longer periods of time because Insanity gives you that ability to push for harder and longer. As you progress through Insanity, the workouts get easier. But once you get into the last 30 days, they change the program on you and you have to push harder for longer. I want to say that if you have the ability to try Insanity, go for it. It will help with anybody’s athletic performance. It did for me. If you want to order Insanity, click below.

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One Response to “Insanity and Running”

  1. Kelsey says:

    I just received Insanity, and I would like to start it, but I am training for the La Jolla 1/2 and plan to do the AFC in August, as well. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to to both, but it looks like it is not only entirely possible, but also helpful. My question is what your training looked like? Did you follow Insanity exactly and add in runs? If so, when did you run? In the same day as Insanity? Or on another schedule? Any feedback would be very helpful! Thanks!

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