Sorry for the lack of posts- my husband and I snuck in a vacation to the Florida Keys as our belated ‘honeymoon’ (I started nursing school two days after our wedding so we never got to take a real honeymoon and we figured taking one before BOLC would be good timing) and I ignored my blog until we got back. THANKS to all the people who wrote me emails and left comments- I didn’t know anyone was actually reading it yet because I haven’t really ‘advertised’ it anywhere. But thanks again and keep the comments coming!
Alright, now that I’m back from this….
(Bahia Honda Key State Beach, Florida)
I need to work on these!
The physical fitness test is standard for all soldiers in the Army. We are required to take the test at least once every six months, and are required to score a minimum of 60 points on each event: pushups, situps, and a timed two-mile run.
Here are the 60 point minimums and 100 point maximums (according to Wikipedia):
I just turned 27 last week which puts me in a new age group requirement- it gives me an easier time for the run and less situps as a maximum, but I will have to do more pushups than a 26-year old. I don’t get it.
I have been working on my push ups the past few months since it was the event that I was the most worried about going into the Army. Not that I am looking forward to the situps, either. I am a fairly avid runner (I’ve done one half-marathon and two full marathons the past couple years- I’m not very fast but with training I can go a long way!) but have slacked on the sit-ups and push-ups since I was a rower in college. My goal is to get at least 75-80% points in each event, but of course when the day comes I will just be happy to pass.
I know that I am blessed to be living in a place like Santa Barbara, not only because of it’s natural beauty, but for it’s weather which has allowed me to run and exercise outside while the rest of the country has been slammed with snow all winter. Joe and I recently found a place near our house that’s a nice 5-mile loop and just a beautiful place to run. Yesterday I took my camera to document:
After running through a neighborhood, behind a fence, up a steep hidden trail, we get to this:
The area is called More Mesa, I think it’s privately owned but undeveloped and open to the public to explore!
Following Joe through the trees….
Until we reach the cliff- and the ocean. Does it get more beautiful than this?
Oh wait. Gotta ruin the moment and do some pushups.
Then we run some more, and enjoy the sunset.
A big thanks to my (workout) partner in crime- he keeps me going!
Something tells me there won’t be many views like this in Texas or DC- so I’ll enjoy them while I’m still here.
Two more weeks!!!