Setting Up for a Comeback

Confession time: I haven’t seriously worked out since about December when I left for my last big training exercise with my unit. I did tons of walking but no running and no strength training. Now I’m faced with the challenge of getting back into shape and I’ve developed a self plan of action. Like any plan, it needs to have an end goal that is reasonable and measurable and has a backstop to it (or else I’ll keep putting it off).

Goal:

Score 300 on APFT at end of March. An APFT is the Army Physical Fitness Test. A 300 is 100 points, the maximum, in each category. For me, that means 50 push-ups, 82 sit-ups, and 15:48 on a two-mile run.

The Plan:

Using the Hundred Push-ups and the Two Hundred Sit-ups plan to augment my daily PT program. Also running 30 minutes at least three times a week.

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Push-ups are my nemesis

I used the Hundred/Two Hundred plan back in college and when I was a young officer. Push-ups have always been difficult for me because I tend to have skinny little T-rex arms but sit-ups have always been ridiculously easy for me. Still, because this is a comeback I want to make sure I keep my strong areas strong and strengthen my weak areas.

Since my run is only two miles, 30 minutes of running three times a week should let me build my aerobic fitness back up without getting burned out quickly. Plus, I know I’m going to be stiff and sore from not running in so long.

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Winter running essentials: Gore-tex shoes, gloves, headlamp, hat, yak trax

I also plan on doing a better job of foam rolling and stretching than I typically do (which is almost not at all so anything would be a big improvement).

I’ve got some traveling coming up for house hunting but having a reasonable plan makes it much more likely that I can stick to it despite a crazy schedule.

Change in the Air

I got some exciting news this week. In December I put in my wishlist for places I wanted to be stationed next and have been waiting with anticipation ever since. Without any warning, it showed up in my inbox this week and I learned that I’ll be spending the next few years of my life back in Augusta, Georgia!

I am SO excited! Not the least because it’s been snowing more this week and so, more snow shoveling or even because right now it’s -27*F outside. I loved living in the CSRA (Central Savannah Regional Area) and can’t wait to move back. I’m already looking at all the running trails and routes and races and getting excited about the house we are going to buy out there.

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I’m a little sad now that I know how soon I’ll be leaving my home here in Alaska. Four years is longer than I’ve lived anywhere for a long time and it’s the first place my husband and I lived together, and I’ve really grown to love the small community who are so independent and suspicious of outsiders but are always willing to help out if you’re in a tight spot.

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This looks a lot more doable 

 

I’ve held off on making any goals or even signing up for races this year until I knew where I was going to be moving to, but once I found out that I was moving back to Georgia the first thing I did (after telling my husband and everyone else) was to sign up for Southern Bird Camp in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. I had such a blast at the California Bird Camp last summer and I am really looking forward to experiencing running camp again this year.

I have a lot of changes coming up in the next few months, but I am really looking forward to them.