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!
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.
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.
Here’s where the actual challenge comes in. I earned the following scores on our last PRT, earlier this month:
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:
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.
Here’s what I accomplished this week towards my challenge:
Here’s what I’ve accomplished since I started tracking on May 15, 2017.
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.
Let me know in the comments below if you plan to participate!