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I passed…

This morning I took another APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test).  Per the title, you can probably guess I passed.

While I didn’t have my best score ever, I did have my best run time ever.  18:15 min.  I also tied for my best push-ups at 31.  But sit-ups failed me today… just 63.  I did 69 just the other day, so I was a bit disappointed.

I was really hurting for my run, though.  I just ran yesterday and so I was still a bit sore.  I don’t know if I would have made it if my Sgt. wasn’t running with me.  I don’t know if I was more motivated to run because of passing or because I thought she might kill me if I didn’t!

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July 15, 2009 at 10:54 am 1 comment

400 days!

Tomorrow we start our 400 days of orders.  We are officially on active duty.  We mobilize.  We belong to the Army in every way, shape, and form!

I’ve already been in training for about a month.  It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already.  Time flies when your busy as hell!  For the next month, we will do a lot of the same training exercises, as well as all the paperwork that needs to be done, and the medical.  I am not looking forward to immunizations for the 3rd time in a year!  But we are still restricted as to what else we can do.  No alcohol, no civilian clothes, curfew is 10 pm, no going off post, and if we miss a training day for whatever reason, we will have to make it up during our four day pass.

I am still on the fence about how I feel about everything.  Like I’ve said in previous posts, I gave up a lot when the Army decided they needed me.  I still miss all of that… and can’t wait to get back home.  I probably think about it too much, but it’s my life!

On the other hand, I’ve met some awesome people in my unit.  I will be doing the part of my job that I love! (Yay for being a nerd!) And there are a lot of added benefits.  I’ve even joked about going to grad school in Ohio when we return, just so I can be in this unit.  (For those that didn’t know, I am not deploying with my actual unit, I am deploying with “sub-group” of my unit based in Ohio.)

We had a really awesome day today, to celebrate the beginning of our deployment!  First we had a 2.5 mile battalion run.  I was able to keep up with everyone, which was amazing since I hate running and I had slight sprained ankle!  I was so proud of myself!  We had some training events.  I got to go see an awesome plane that we use but I can’t talk about. 😛 Other parts of the unit had a competition of sorts.  And then we had a large BBQ outing.  Never mind it rained all day.  Most of us drank quite a bit, and some are still out at this moment!  It was awesome being able to BS with my commander and captain as well as plenty of others tonight!

It’s days like today that make it easier to be here…

Hopefully, I can have 400 more consecutive days after this that give me a similar feeling!

June 5, 2009 at 11:16 pm 1 comment

Diagnostic PT Test

So I failed my first PT test with this unit… and by very little too!  I was sooo mad at myself…  still am!

I am supposed to do a minimum of 50 situps in 2 min, 17 pushups in 2 min, and run 2 miles in under 19:26.  Here are my results:

Pushups: 31

Situps:46

Run:19:19

SOOOO Close!

Everyone told me, don’t worry about it…  It’s only diagnostic…  We had a busy day carrying our gear around…

But it was soooo close!  UGH!

May 18, 2009 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

Ugh… I forgot to workout!!

So I was home for about two months between AIT and leaving again for pre-mobilization training.  Of course, during most of those two months, I had no idea I was going to be here.  So I slacked a little… OKAY!  I slacked A LOT!  I should have been running about two miles at least a couple of times a week… I went maybe once a week, and didn’t always run that far.  There were a few weeks I didn’t go at all…

And now I am paying the price.

The Army has strict Physical Fitness requirements… and right now, I am failing…  Hopefully, by our PT test next week, I will at least be able to pass the minimums, though I know I won’t be where I was at when I left AIT.

I have two minutes to do as many situps as possible, another two for as many pushups as possible, and I have to run two miles as quickly as possible.   For my age group, I have to do at least 50 situps (should make it), 17 pushups (that’s in the bag!), and run under 19:26 min.  It’s the run, I am most scared about.  I had the most issues with running in initial training.  I am just not a natural runner.

But I have a great Team Leader who is good at motivating me, and isn’t afraid to say what she thinks.  If she thinks I need more, she’ll make me do it!  It’s kinda like having my own personal trainer…

So I think at next week’s test I will struggle a bit, but adrenaline and pride have a way of speeding my feet up, and I should be just fine.

May 13, 2009 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment


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