Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pre-Deployment Training Plan

Two of my goals for the year (running 750 total miles and running with my girls at my eldest's elementary school) are in jeopardy because of my own laziness I however it doesn’t appear that would I have met them anyways.  After doing some quick unofficial research (Google and word of mouth) I’ve adjust the goals slightly.  While I’m going to get as many miles for the year as I can, I’m not going to focus on a specific number.  Instead I’m going to put all of my effort into getting above a 90 on the USAF PT test.  I’m usually getting max points on the push ups and sit ups so if I want a 90 then I need to focus on shrinking my weight and having a faster 1.5 mile run.  AF PT Test Score Sheet

In order to max out the points for the waist measurement you have to have a 35 inch waist however, on my last test I stretched the tape to a grand total of 35 inches.  There is some room for improvement but that small gain will produce a nice chunk of points.  I don’t want to settle for 35 because getting closer to the 32 inch mark also means that my weight is dropping as well…which should help my run time a bit, right? 

Dropping the 1.5 mile run time is, in my opinion, the harder of the two.  My most recent time was 13:11 and figure I need to drop this by 2 minutes in order to reach my goal of getting a 90.  I’ve never done speed work so I don’t have anything to base my expectations on.  Right now I’m not sure that I can drop my time in just six months.

So my plan before the deployment begins is get a head start on the process by attempting to survive a round of P90-X.  A buddy from work, who has completed the program more times than he can count says that my goals are definitely in reach with P90-X.  My one alteration to the program is that I will be running on the cardio days instead of doing the scheduled workouts.  I’m hoping that this change doesn’t impact my results.

I've had some issues with my body breaking down after a couple weeks of the program.  From what I've gathered it was a combination of lack of sleep and not eating enough.  My schedule is a bit different now so hopefully I can make it through the program.

I’ve already complete 3 days of the program and am experiencing the obligatory soreness that follows.  Its a good thing that I’ve got short hair because it might be a couple days until I can lift my arms high enough to wash my hair!  My cardio consisted of a 2 mile run (had to stop because I felt a blister forming) at the Pentagon Athletic Center.  I really wanted to run outside and enjoy the beautiful weather but my youngest daughter decided to hid my Garmin.  Fortunately Lady M found it in the most random place that I would never look, the coffee table   Assuming my blister holds up I will visit good ole Abe on my next run. 

Have you had success with P90-X?  What was your biggest struggle with "pushing play"?

1 comment:

  1. I have never experimented with the p90x, but my brother has had amazing results in everything from strength to speed. I think you will improve after you get use to it. Glad Lady M found the Garmin. Best wishes taking your PT test.