Insanity: Pure Cardio (+Scheduling Madness)

Not even two weeks in and I already skipped a workout.  I felt terrible about it, but I have crafted a plan to make it up… although not ideal.

Yesterday I was supposed to do Pure Cardio but life got in the way, and by life I mean pure exhaustion.  Drowsiness is a side effect of both the hyperthyroidism & ironically the Anti-thyroid Drugs I am on to treat it.  (Is it just me or is this kind of double effect becoming more common in medications?) Add to my general tiredness the fact that I was teaching dance and covering my monday workout until 11pm, had to be up at 6am for a work fundraiser, and was acting in a staged reading that evening.  All of this meant I needed a nap as soon as I got home from the fundraiser before performing if I was going to be anywhere near my best.

When I got home I was so beat I skipped the workout.  Although I did it today and have plans to do today’s in conjunction with the Recovery DVD.  Smart: probably not.  Effective: hopefully, especially as I can do one early morning and one early evening.

Man, Pure Cardio is HARD! I don’t know how I forgot that.  It felt better than the first time, but still rough.  I feel confident, work hard, get sweating, and then all of the sudden switch kicks start and I’m out.  I am a trained dancer capable of kicking my leg above my head and yet I struggle to keep going for even 5 kicks most of which are below hip height.  It’s frustrating.  But then I feel like a beast when it comes to football sprints, level 2 drills, and mountain climbers.  I’m scared for the day Cardio Abs gets added on but I am doing my best to take it one workout at a time.

So I failed to power through for the first time in this process.  But it taught me a lot.  I am going to have to be better about scheduling.  Especially with my busiest season coming up.  I want to work out regularly but that is gonna require some serious planning if I don’t wanna let it stress me out.

Here’s to planning next week and getting back in the game!

-Little Red

Query Quarters: When you miss a workout do you just skip or try to make it up even if it means doubling for a day?

Insanity: Cardio Power & Resistance

This was my second time through this particular workout and it did not get off to a smooth start.  I was over visiting my boyfriend (I really need a nickname for him on here..) and forgot to bring my DVD. Cue my gasp of shock and horror.  No problem you can totally find them on YouTube, Vimeo, or some other such video service and still get it in.  Well 1/3 of the way through the warm-up and just as I was starting to gear myself on to kick this workout’s behind it started buffering…. and buffering… and buffering.  You know the feeling: just as you get to that revealing moment in Lost (or House of Cards) and Netflix just stops.

I breathed and I waited and about 20 minutes later after a few stops and starts I wanted to throw my slow computer across the room.  Especially after I thought through my day and realized I would be lucky if I could get it done at 10pm when I got home from teaching dance for two hours.  Needless to say I thought I would end up pulling a double the next day.

But I did it.  With the help and motivation of Tall Blonde (nope that isn’t gonna work) I made it through and did a damn fine job considering I was exhausted and had been teaching.

I think this is still my favorite of the first series and tonight I KILLED those 8 squat hops + 8 push-ups sequence.  I still struggled with a few of the moves but powered my way though, with some side encouragement/coaching from Blonde Buddy (closer?). For example: Hit the floor makes me really dizzy after about 15 seconds… maybe all the up and down of my head so quickly?

Even if it is hard, get it done!

-Little Red

                Query Quarters: When pressed for time in a training program do you skip the workout, double up, or push through the extra long day even if it may not be as strong?