Insanity and Running | Our Favorite Things: The Jessica Edition

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I would like to stop for a moment and marvel at the wonderful synchronicity of a psychology major loving something called Insanity.

Random fact…did you know that “insanity” was not ever a medical term, but a legal one?

Anyway. This post is, in fact, dedicated to my favorite ways of staying fit. I’ve never been a terribly active or athletic person. When everyone else was outside, running around, playing soccer and what have you, I was usually inside, locked in my room or on the computer, writing or instant messaging.

However, in recent years it has become more and more apparent to me how important healthy living and being active are. The problem was finding something that I really loved. Throughout high school, I tried many different activities, including bellydancing and kickboxing, both of which I really enjoyed but did not fall head over heels for, as evidenced by the fact that I haven’t done either in years. I did gymnastics until I was 14, but at that point it became a question of either putting more of myself into it and being competitive, or quitting. So I quit.


I messed around a little with running in high school and throughout university, but it is only recently that I’ve hit my stride (oh God, what a groaner of a pun!). I have been using the Couch to 10K app on my iPhone and am in better running shape than I ever have been. Yesterday, I ran 6.5 km in 30 minutes. I’ve even registered to participate in a 6 km run and obstacle course this summer called Mud Hero. I somehow convinced Bryan it was a good idea  as well, even though he hates running! Participants can also elect to raise money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation in conjunction with the event, so we decided to do that (our fundraising page can be found here).

I was originally planning on doing a half-marathon in July, but I am not sure that I will be ready for that so soon, so I think I may downgrade it to a 10k instead. We’ll see how I’m feeling in July!

But all I know is that running has become a really great part of my life. When I get home from a long day at work, I always want to go for a run. There is nothing quite so soothing to me as the sound and feel of my feet hitting the pavement, and that little pressure in my chest when I’m right on the verge of going too fast. It’s a fantastic way to clear my head, and I’m so glad that I’ve found something that works so well for me.


Now on to the Insanity part of this post. I’m sure that some of you have heard of the Insanity workout. A friend of mine convinced me last October that I should try it out for myself, and I was feeling up for a challenge, so I did. I got the videos and set to work right away.

Oh. My. Goodness.

Insanity is very aptly named. There were many times when I was thinking to myself, “What the hell am I doing, this is insane!” But…it works. No one has paid me to say this or anything, but Insanity WORKS. By the time I finished the first 60 days, I was in better shape than I’ve ever been in my whole life. I had muscles in places that I didn’t even know muscles existed! I had more energy, more stamina, slept better, and had less back pain.

So I decided to do the whole 60 days again.

I have fallen off the Insanity track for now, for the sole reason that I don’t have anywhere to do it. The condo that we live in is quite strict about noise, and we could be fined if I decided to start jumping around for an hour at 6 in the morning. The condo also has a fitness facility, but the weights area is hella tiny, so if ever there is anyone else in there, I won’t have the space. Nor do I feel like carrying my laptop around with me! I’m working on this problem, though, and I’m confident that I will figure it out so I can get back into it. For now, I am going to add a strength workout to my running workout three times a week and see how that goes.

What do you guys like to do to stay fit, healthy and active?

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Jessica can most often be found with her nose in a book, or writing her newest short story/screenplay/novel, but she also has a passion for travel, child-care & development, psychology, feminism (and other forms of equality), and making the world a better place in general. Email Me