PRT Challenge – Are YOU Ready to Get Healthy?

Me being dropped off in the country
Me Running in the Country
Me Running in the Country

I don’t consider myself super out of shape or anything, but there’s always room for improvement.  In case you’re reading this and don’t already know me, I have a number of important reasons to stay healthy.


I intend to be around a long time for my wife and two kids, ages 3 and 10.  It’s very important for me to be able to keep up with my kids and the activities they do.  My wife regularly claims me as her third child for a reason; I love playing just as much as our kids!

Fire Department

I’ve been a member of my local volunteer fire department since March 2016 and intend to be there for many years to come.  While we don’t currently have any set physical requirements, there’s a lot to lose here.  Of course I hope we won’t ever get into a really bad situation, but if we do, being healthy can be a matter of life or death.  It’s important for us to be able to help others to safety.  Occupants of a home rely on our help and fellow firefighters demand it.  You’re putting your life in the hands of the other person when your team goes in a buring structure.  I feel it’s my obligation to be in the best shape I can be.

Navy Reserve

I hit my five-year mark in the Navy Reserve in January.  Combined with five years of active duty, that means I have at least ten years left until retirement.  We have a physical readiness test (PRT) every six months.  During this event, we have to run 1.5 miles and do as many curl-ups and push-ups as we can in two minutes.

You VS the Year 2017

I’ve accepted MapMyRun’s You VS the Year 2017 challenge.  I started a little late, but that’s even more incentive to make sure I don’t get more behind.

You vs. the Year is the digital run challenge to run 1017KM in 2017. Be a part of the largest digital Run Crew on the planet and compete to earn bragging rights, gain access to exclusive content, and more. So, what are you waiting for? Up to two (2) runs per day will count.

As a reference, 1017KM is equal to approximately 632 miles.

Current Stats

Here’s my progress on You VS the Year 2017 as of today:

  • Kilometers Completed:  159.88 (~99.3 mi)
  • Kilometers Remaining:  857.12 (~532.59 mi)
  • Days Remaining:  218

PRT Challenge

Me being dropped off in the country
My wife dropped me off on our way home from visitng family so I could run. 6 miles from home and no ride. That’s good motivation!

Here’s where the actual challenge comes in.  I earned the following scores on our last PRT, earlier this month:

  • Running:  Good High (1.5 miles in 12:08)
  • Curl-Ups:  Good High (71)
  • Sit-Ups:  Good Medium (45)

I’ve mentioned it before, but I officially began my new PRT Challenge on May 15.  The purpose of the PRT Challenge is that I want to continually improve until I can achive a maximum score.  Our next PRT is in October and my goal is an Outstanding Low for all three items, which means for my age group I need these numbers:

  • Running:  1.5 miles in 10:08
  • Curl-Ups:  88
  • Sit-Ups:  70

Weekly Goals

These are the goals I’m aiming for each week.  The curl-ups and push-ups are going to be the hard part, because I don’t like doing them.

  • Running:  15 miles
  • Curl-Ups:  125
  • Sit-Ups:  125

Week 2 Stats

Here’s what I accomplished this week towards my challenge:

  • Running:  20.14 mi (+5.14)
    • Duration: 2.97 hours
    • 5/23 4.0 mi
    • 5/24 5.0 mi
    • 5/27 6.12 mi
    • 5/28  5.02 mi
  • Curl-Ups:  50 (-75)
  • Push-Ups:  60 (-65)
  • Waist Measurement: 35″
  • Weight:  197.6 lbs

Overall Total

Here’s what I’ve accomplished since I started tracking on May 15, 2017.

  • Running:  37.04 mi (+7.04)
  • Curl-Ups:  50 (-200)
  • Push-Ups:  60 (-165)
  • Starting Waist Measurement (May 17):  36″
  • Starting Weight (May 17): 201.4 lbs

Weekly Summary

  • Week 1 [Ending 5/21/17]: 16.9 miles, 0 curl-ups, 0 push-ups
  • Week 2 [Ending 5/28/17]:  20.14 miles, 50 curl-ups, 60 push-ups

Are YOU Willing to Accept the Challenge

You are invited to join me on this challenge!  I use MapMyRun to track my running and manually keep a log of my curl-ups and push-ups.

Getting Started

  • See how fast you can run 1.5 miles
  • See how many curl-ups you can do in two minutes
  • See how many push-ups you can do in two minutes
  • Take a look at the PRT Standards to find your score
  • Start training
    • It’s easier to do when you have support.  I’m sharing my runs on Twitter and Facebook using #PRTChallenge.  I’d love for you to follow along and do the same!
    • I’m also going to be posting how I do each week to keep me motivated
  • Compare your results in October
    • I’ll share when our next PRT is and how I did.  This would be a great time for you to share your progress

Let me know in the comments below if you plan to participate!

Good luck!

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