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Semi-annual fitness test

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Today was the day for my semi-annual army physical fitness test (APFT, since everything in the army needs an acronym). The test consists of 4 events: 2 min of push ups, 2 min of sit ups, a 2 mi run and a weigh in. The three physical events are graded on a scale from 0 to 100 with 60 points per event passing. The scale is based on gender and on age.

This past May, at the end of grad school, I aced the test, with my best score and run time in years. I was kind of curious where I would end up today.

I have to do at least 30 push ups and I max the scale at 66. I did 68.

I have to do at least 32 sit ups and I max the scale at 72. I did 74.

I have to do the run in under 18:42 and max the scale at 14:06. I ran the 2 miles in 13:31, which is about 25 seconds faster than my May time. I have been putting in a lot of miles (20+ per week) but mostly endurance runs, not much speed work at all. I do try to get out with the kids in the buggy once or twice per weekend, which helps with the strength. I guess I was getting some speed work in with the ultimate frisbee too.

The weigh in went well, 182 lbs in my APFU (another acronym, it stands for army physical fitness uniform). I am allowed to be up to 194 lbs. If I am over 194 lbs, I get the tape test to estimate body fat percentage. It uses your height, weight, waist circumference and neck circumference (and is not particularly accurate, though it is inexpensive to administer). For women, the tape test includes measurements of ones hips and wrist. It is kind of nice to be well below my screening weight and not deal with the tape test (for several years I was in the 195-210 range and had to deal with the tape test each APFT).

It feels good to be running strong, that was my fastest 2 mile time in years. (My best time ever was 12:04, but that was 20 years ago!).

Well, now that's over, back to work! I have to get some more writing done on a journal article rewrite.
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