Monday, October 15, 2012

Insanity Day 3: Lack of Cardio Power and Near-Zero Resistance

Slipped in a puddle of my own sweat while doing "moving" push-ups with Shaun T.

But good news: My push-ups are really starting to resemble push-ups as opposed to me just holding a really awkward, butt-in-the-air plank with trembling arms.

It started off a little shaky, though.  I've been having a lot of problems with shoes and comfort while working out.  It took me almost three years to find a pair of shoes that I can comfortably run in without a lot of pain in my calves and shin splints and it's a combination of shoes with support + added insole.  Apparently, these shoes can NOT just cross over and be comfortable gym/workout shoes.  For the last few weeks that I've been going to the gym and MUCH more noticeably since I started Insanity, my arches are KILLING me.  After a few minutes of running in place or even jumping jacks, my arches are on fire - so much so that it's been really hard to power through it.  I can't even tell if it's worse when I stand and stretch because my arches press further into my shoes. 

Today I thought I'd try to change it up.  I have a pair of nice Pumas that don't give me any arch problems, so I thought I would give those a try.  I know they're not any kind fo cross-trainer or much of an athletic shoe, but I figured I could get them a shot.  NOPE.  Heaven on the arches, but my legs seized up enough that I almost buckled under.  Those came off pretty quickly and back on my other shoes went.  Instead of just going at it, I tried really hard to concentrate on landing and working so that my arches weren't hitting my shoes too much and it seemed to help, though it took it's toll on my speed and actually getting my heart rate up.  Once I was able to get through that, of COURSE my middle toe of my left foot started cramping.  I took a lot more breaks during times that I probably could have gotten through which makes me a little bit sad.

Day 3 had a lot of arm work in terms of tricep dips, vee push-ups and moving push-ups.  There may have been more, but I'm not entirely sure I didn't black out during part of the workout.  If you see in the news that someone wrote "The chamber of secrets has been opened, enemies of the heir beware," in chicken blood somewhere, it might have been me who did it.  I can't remember.  First I was doing globe jumps and then all of a sudden I was face planted in my own sweat while trying to desperately move and do push-ups at the same time.

Is it weird that I'm happy to say that tomorrow is Insanity rest day because I have kickboxing at the gym?

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