Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Not quite to the light at the end of the tunnel...but almost

Yesterday I posted about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for the school year. The days are passing quickly now and only have what's left of this week and two more to go before school's out for summer! With Memorial Day and semester tests, we're looking at less than 10 school days to go, about 14 days total and this year will be in the books.

But what's insane, is that I don't quite have that same feeling about something that's ending even sooner, like 9 days from today. As of today, I am 8 workouts, 9 days, away from completing the Insanity workout program! I'm that close to finishing the 60-day (actually 9 weeks) program in just 9 more days, fewer than the number of school days we have left. Still...even though I feel like I see the light at the end of the tunnel for the school year, 9 days still seems like an eternity to get to the end of this workout program.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." -- Galatians 6:9

Still, I'm close enough now that I know I'm going to finish, and I am SO ready to be finished. This morning I woke up late, and I blame the intensity of these crazy insane workouts in the program. It's already a busy time of year for us, winding down and trying to keep all the students engaged in the classroom on top of the ceremonies and banquets and seeming celebrations of all sorts happening almost every evening. I've just got to hang on 9 more days!

It's tough though, to keep going I mean. I can't tell you how many times I considered quitting over these past two months, but it's been several. Especially after the first month.

For the first four weeks, I thought I was doing pretty well. The first couple of days were horrible, nearly killed me. But after that, things seemed to get a little easier. The workouts averaged about 40 minutes. I was getting used to the routines. My muscles (that I evidently never used running) were adapting to the torture, and I began to feel good. Really good.

Week five was a recovery week. It was the same video, the same routine every day for six straight days. That became a little monotonous, but I was still feeling great! By the time the 5th week was over, I was beginning to think this wasn't so tough after all. But I'd soon learn different.

I was warned that month two was what I needed to be wary of, but I still had no idea what awaited me. When I looked at the workout schedule for day one, week six, it didn't worry me too much when I saw Shaun T had planned two workouts that day for me, the Fitness Test and the Max Interval Circuit.

I finished the Fitness Test pretty pleased with my progress, but pretty much exhausted that day. When I popped in video #2 afterwards, I nearly quit as soon as I saw the countdown clock reading 59 minutes and change. 59 MINUTES! After the Fitness Test? It didn't seem humanly possible. But I struggled through it and, by the Grace of God, survived.

And month two hasn't gotten any easier, not at all. The workouts for these days average around 55 minutes and that extra 15 minutes makes a huge difference. With all my other commitments, it's usually been around 9 or 10 o'clock in the evening when I do the workouts, so I haven't been getting to bed much before midnight on good days. On top of that, I've tried to get my miles back up a little (anticipating the end of this Insane regimen), waking at 4 AM.

Taking all that into perspective, 9 days still seem like an eternity. Eight more workouts still looks daunting. And the light at the end of the tunnel doesn't yet seem visible. But it's there. I know it's there.

So I'm going to try and finish strong. Going to try and make all the workouts and close the book on Insanity feeling good and thanking God. No light yet, but surely it's just around the bend.



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