Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lactic Acid Craziness!

So today was the "easy" workout again, Cardio Recovery. Love, love, love the stretches but the lactic acid buildup is killer! I'll be honest, I'm a bit crazy and I love the lactic acid burning too, but man oh man it is rough!!!

Since I've been feeling some serious lactic acid buildup in my legs during these workouts, I decided to do some googling on lactic acid and exercise. Sounds like way back, scientists thought that the lactic acid actually diminished performance of athletes. They actually thought that was what caused muscle soreness after a workout. Turns out that lactic acid is actually a fuel source for the muscles and can improve performance!

I'm hoping I can see the results of all this crazy burning in a couple weeks. I signed up for a 10K, and I'm not actually running right now. The Insanity workouts though are high intensity and there is impact, so I think they'll be a great training source. I can't wait to see how I do! For those who haven't read my P90X portion of the blog, I actually ran a half marathon in May during my P90X program, and I didn't train for that. I actually finished faster than one of the races I ran that I trained for. If that's not a testament to the quality of these workouts, I don't know what is!

1 comment:

  1. That's crazy about the lactic acid-you really feel it during recovery workouts-they don't feel like recovery at all! burns! great to know that the burning is good though. I did a 10K during p90x and actually did better than when I trained (by doing an actual training program)with running. The plyometrics in the Insanity workouts will increase stamina and stride length-so it will def improve running performace for sure! I think it also increases your VO2 max like crazy, although I have no idea how to test that. All I know is that I don't EVER get out of breath doing anything! which is nice! :)Keep up the great work girlfriend, and continue to keep us updated!! :)