Saturday, March 25, 2017

Physical Fitness Test: Round 2

Fitness Blender suggests you do a physical fitness test before certain programs of theirs, just so that you can measure your progress from the beginning vs. the end.  You do a timed mile, see how many squats you can do, how long you can hold a static plank, how many push ups you can do, and how far you can reach past your heels.  I did one last year at the beginning and end of FB Fit, so I was definitely curious to see what my numbers have been since I've completed several of their programs since then.

So I'd kept quiet about this, but recently I've had pangs about running,.  I've waffled that maybe I could start running casually again now that I'm lighter, do a race and see how it would be getting back into it.  I almost signed up for the Flying Pig 5k, and there have been races here and there here in Portland I have toyed with signing up for, but stopped because of the prices.  (almost $100 for a half marathon??  Seriously?)  I figured that the timed mile would be a good way to put a toe into the pool as it were.  Let's just say that my timed mile threw a bucket of ice water on all these "oh, maybe it would be fun to start running again" designs.  About 5 steps in I was immediately like, "yep, still hate this."  It's the craziest thing to me, I did a damn marathon yet running this one mile mentally felt like torture.  Every bad feeling about it came flooding back.

Physically it was okay during.  I really should have warmed up before I got out there since we had just gotten home from work and I'd been sitting all day, but I was trying to dodge a storm (made it back in the nick of time), and honestly just wanted to get it over with.  I am so salty about my time though because I was able to hit 10:02 back in June the last time I did a PFT, but this time I finished in 10:25.  It's not like it's vastly different, it's still a sub-11 which for me is pretty fast.  But I expected to at least be at the same level as the last test since I'm lighter and have pretty consistently worked out.  We can speculate that maybe I'd have hit 10:02 or better if I'd been more warmed up, but the fact of the matter is that I didn't.  Anyway, today I woke up with the very familiar pains I get from running, and it just reminded me how much I hurt ALL of the time when I used running as my primary exercise.  From sore feet to achy knee joints to a pissy aductor muscle, it all came flooding back.  I have sore muscles here and there with strength training, but I never hurt now the way I used to.  I think it's safe to say that my running days are over unless I am doing another PFT or being chased by a murderer.

As for the rest of my numbers...I'm not that happy with them.  I mean I didn't go into it thinking that I was going to have superhero level fitness, but I just expected a bit more from myself than what happened.  Again we can speculate whether being tired from the workday and not warmed up affected me, but I just felt a bit disappointed regardless.  The only 4 extra squats I achieved this time probably was the most surprising, especially since I love leg workouts the most and feel the strongest doing those.  I was only 10 seconds better on the plank and I am so pissed and annoyed about the push ups.  Push ups are the one thing that I just cannot seem to improve upon, any time I have to do them in a workout I feel as weak as I did day one.  To be honest, I don't go out of my way to work on them, but I've made pretty significant improvements when it comes to strength training my upper body so  I just thought I'd be a bit stronger and be able to at least do more than 15.  I know I need to quit being a titty baby about it and just simply do push ups regularly to try to improve it.

I know I should be more positive, improvements are improvements, I just really wanted to do better!  Hopefully at the end of the 4 weeks I can do a bit more.

I did my first FB Sweat workout today and it was brutal!  It was a lower body one (I was thankful for that since my arms were still sore from the damn push ups, ridiculous) and my legs were definitely singing to me afterwards!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far!


  1. I love the fact that you have an actual record of your progress!!!!! That is awesome!!!!

  2. Bummer about the tough mile and the after pains. I totally get you. I still hate running but went ahead and signed up for the Flying Pig 5k mainly to support Chris. I got up and did my program though. At least I'm holding myself accountable with the training. So I guess that's something. I"m really looking forward to getting back to the gym when it opens full time near my house.

    BUT, seriously look at where you were when you started. You have improvement with ALL aspects. And 4 extra squats is still a lot more than you did when you first took the test!

  3. Hahaha I hate the first mile of every run ever. Especially would hate it if I was running it in ten minutes! Fast, lady!

    Push-ups are the devil, invented by Satan himself!