So last night, I popped in the next DVD for Insanity. The flavor of the day was Cardio Power Resistance! Granted I had a break that Shaun T. hadn’t worked into his schedule, but this one seemed significantly easier than the Plyometric Cardio Circuit. My primary thought is that as I am a runner I have pretty strong hamstrings, while I know my quads aren’t all that. This workout seemed to be more focused on hamstrings than quads (based on what was getting tired/sore.)
As if to support this – I am only sore today, not in agony and walking like an 83-year-old man.
Some of the exercises:
Power Jumps – down to a squat, jump up with your hands over your head, then land softly
Hurdles – Run in place, then on Shaun T.’s command jump as if you were going over a really short hurdleMoving Pushups – As you go down step to the side. Up step to the side. repeat)
Globe Jumps - a four-part exercise. squat – jump right, squat – jump back, squat – jump left, squat jump forward
Mountain Climbers - he called them something different – get in push up position, then jog pulling one foot under you and switch them
“V Pushups” - Get in push up position, then get your butt way up in the air, turn your hands in until its uncomfortable and do some push ups.
There were others as well of course, but if I tell you ALL of the exercises, why would you need to go buy the DVD?
On the running scene – my new Saucony Kinvara 2 (in Bright Orange) running shoes are on the UPS truck for delivery today! WOO HOO!!!! I might actually get to try going for a mile or so tonight!
On the Plantar Faciitis – My foot continues to improve, but slowly. I have been stretching and exercising BOTH feet, which seems to have brought some of the symptoms to light in my left foot.
Although its only a “noticeable” and not a “bothersome” level, so I can’t complain too much. Especially since I am already doing all the steps toward resolving it that I can. Its also possible that it has been that way for a while, and I just hadn’t paid attention since it is at a “tight” level, not a “this hurts!” level.
I also have a night splint I have been wearing, although there is a major design flaw in it that causes pain. (the fabric ripped and has velcro showing through that rubs and hurts!)
While on the cub scout adventure weekend – one of the other fathers was telling me that he had suffered from Plantar Faciitis but no longer did. He had fought with it for 3-4 years trying splints, stretches, shoes, orthotics - you name it. Eventually what took care of it for him (after he had ever given up on walking pain-free) was losing 100 pounds. Well, I don’t really have that option as if I lost 100 pounds I would weigh the same as my 9-year-old. BUT, I (as you all know) have been watching my calories and am slowly losing weight. So perhaps losing 20-30 pounds will also help!
The makeshift arch-support the podiatrist made me has gotten to stinky to wear, so I am now going “Support-Free.”
Its slow progress, but it is progress! I’m also not as anxious now that I have my backup plan of the Insanity DVDs. The workouts are no where near as much fun as going for a run – but just having a workout in place is making all the difference!