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Time for the May PT 'Pain Plan'

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- Yep it's that time of year again, Dr. Seuss said "How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" So as we gaze at ourselves in the mirror and see that we're not indeed wherever we want to be; back in shape for our annual PT.

Not to worry right? You've been keeping an eye on your caloric input, ensuring proper eating habits and exercising like a professional athlete at the top of their game; all that's left is to show up and pass with a mid 90ish score. Well, if you're like me you probably didn't pay quite as much attention as you should have to that great plan you made after last year's painful PRE, PT training camp. In fact as the calendar gets closer to that day of reckoning, your mind begins to mull over just how stabbing, agonizing, excruciating...I could go on with more" ing's" but I think you get my point. The facts are what the facts are; you need a plan, one that won't kill you in your pursuit of a sound, mind and body.

Ok let's walk through the "Ten" steps to restoration. Let's look at that calendar as our friend, or at least not the enemy. Start paying attention to what we eat (hmmm that means all the good stuff goes out and those veggie smoothies with the look and smell of what I can only describe as "Pond Scum" come in). Set goals at a pace we can achieve! Understand exactly what our PT numbers are. Not just the minimum numbers but the maximum numbers; that should be our driver. I know, those numbers are impossible to reach, because it doesn't take into account our body types--I wish my body didn't have to be typed but apparently it is. Let's see...I need to get my waist size down to "whatever" (I haven't seen that number since I was sixteen) do pushups, sit-ups and run a mile and a half in a time that feels like the sound bearer to us. Ok, so that's more like four steps, not ten, if you count the graded PT stuff as a multiple answer question of one.

I'm working up a sweat just thinking about this "plan", but I digress. We have all the numbers and are ready to get started; we just need to move easy and at a graduated pace. I like to set one week goal targets followed by three more, at increased progression with a final target to fruition. How about we dispense with all that and just work week to week increasing our pushups, sit-ups, and decreasing your run time and waist size? "Duh", running faster would more then likely decrease waist size. Did I mention I haven't seen that number since I was sixteen?

You see, throughout the year you go through the typical cycle of getting into shape, going to the beach, doing all kinds of outdoor summer activities that keep you moving. Then, BAM! It's winter again. Your training "plan" morphs into a low impact program consisting of watching it on the TV, reading about it in those "get in shape" magazines and believing you're actually staying in shape. Next thing you know, it's that "April showers bring May PT Pain Plan" again. The truth is if we start slow and work up to where we want to be, without hurting ourselves along the way, it's not that bad. We - and I do mean we - need to make everyday goal oriented. After a while we'll actually start feeling pretty good about ourselves. Who knows, maybe we even enter a 5K or 10k race! Maybe not, but it is a nice thought.

Good luck with your training and take solace in knowing you're not alone. As a matter of fact, getting in shape with others is even better. You can always laugh at their "Pain Plan."

Dr. Seuss: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not."