Aside from Sunday’s 10-miler being my third race in as many weeks, there was another prominent reason behind my decision to give the legs a “racing” break – they had already put in their sprinted miles for the week!
Friday kicked off our inner-office challenge; we’re all aiming to pass, and then improve on, the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). Soldiers are required to take this at least twice per year; we have two employees that are currently in the Army (Reserves) and this was their brilliant idea. To give you an idea of how things go around our office – nobody had a second thought. OF COURSE we should do this, go all out, and see what we can do!
It will be an 8 week challenge, and there are incentives. We’re all in a raffle to win an iPad just for participating.
What does the APFT consist of?
2 minutes – as many push-ups as you can do*
2 minutes – as many FULL sit-ups as you can do*
2 mile timed run – ALL OUT.
Points are awarded by age group + gender, and the respective predefined standards. Up to 100 points are available within each test, and there is a “max out”. You must receive a score of at least 60 in each category to “pass” a real APFT.
*There is no wiggle room – we have created videos showing the proper way to complete each exercise in order for it count! This will be harder than you think, trust me.
My baseline scores won’t be going into any record books, but I know where I stand and I’m ready to put in the work for improvement over the next 8 weeks. I knew these first two tests would be rough after two weeks off of yoga (ahem, my only “strength training”) and no real preparation:
But the run? I was ready for THAT.
Ladies of WCS, ready to get this 2-mile run on.
…and, we’re off! “Coach” Kate gave me 6:45 pace! DO IT to go off of.
The three of us stuck together for most of the run. Dale (in blue) pulled ahead with about .25 mile left, and there was no catching him…
…but we could chase him!
2 miles*– 13:20 – avg 6:40 pace
*Our course was actually a little bit short, so our times were calculated for the remaining distance based on our pace.
Now, who else is IN? Ready to test yourself? You’ll need a partner for the sit-ups, but the other two exercises can be done on the honor system (we’re watching you…).
Strength Testing – Soldier style - is in motion!