Army FPT Two-Mile Run and The Secret Keeper Book Review

Last Night’s Workout

  • Adaptive Motion Trainer – 30 minutes

Danny and I went to the gym after dinner last night, and I did an easy 30 minutes on the adaptive motion trainer machine. Danny did the elliptical next to me, and really gave it his all while I was taking it easy. Danny had double to the total strides that I did. I don’t remember the exact number, but I had about 2000 total strides and he had about 4000 total strides.

Yet, we went the exact same distance and burned the exact same amount of calories according to the machines. And the AMT is a similar motion to the elliptical, so I don’t think that’s the problem. But one of those machines was wrong. There was no way we went to the same distance and burned the same amount of calories. I have a feeling the AMT trainer is really overestimating those numbers.

Do you think machines in the gym are accurate with the distance and calories burned? I always look at it for a guideline, but count on my BodyFit Media to see how many calories I actually burned throughout the day.

After the gym, we came home and ate Skinny Cow ice cream.

It was a nice little treat.

Today’s Breakfast

This morning, I had a bowl of Kashi Go Lean cereal.

I also had it as a snack yesterday afternoon. There is 13 grams of protein in one cup of cereal.

Today’s Workout

  • 2.24 miles treadmill (Army PFT)
  • Step Class – 60 minutes

This morning’s workout was kind of fun – I was messing around with the different settings on the new treadmill at my gym and  saw one labeled Army PFT (Physical Fitness Test) Two-Mile Run, so I decided to try it out.

It started out with a three-minute warm-up, and then I was timed how long it took me to run two miles. After I was done, it showed me my score. I scored a 57.

I had no idea what that number meant or if it was good or bad, so when I was telling Danny about it on the phone, he found this website – Army PFT Two-Mile Run Score. In order to pass the test and graduate to basic combat training in the Army, you must score at least a 50.

Yes! I got a 57! I can now move on to combat training :) I didn’t do the best, but I didn’t do the worst either, and at least I scored higher than a 50. It was a fun way to get a workout in, and I figure I can always work on improving my score – for fun, of course – I have no plans to join the Army. I just thought it was cool that I actually passed. I think you also have to pass a sit-up and push-up test.

I feel like I run a lot faster outside than I do on a treadmill. But all of my winter running is done on a treadmill because I am not friends with cold weather.

After the treadmill, I went to Step Class, and it was very challenging today. The class was the same, I’m just really tired today and that two-mile run zapped the energy out of me. I still got through it, and ate a snack as soon as I got in my car.

In addition to my normal Builder Bar, I also had this package of Crunchmaster’s multi-grain crackers that my gym was giving away last week.

They were really good. They almost tasted like a corn chip.

On to a book review…

The Secret Keeper Book Review

I recently finished reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton for Julie’s book club.

About the book:

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world. (Source)

I don’t want to give too much of the book away because it was a great read, and I recommend reading it!

My Thoughts:

I loved the Secret Keeper. Before I buy a book, I always read the free trial of it on my Kindle (usually the first few chapters.) As soon as I read the first few chapters, I had to buy the book immediately because I had to know what happened next. The free trial ends with the cliff hanger of the crime that Laurel witnesses.

As I continued to read it, I realized that the book flips back and forth between present day and the 1940′s told from different characters perspectives. At first I was a little wary because history is exactly my favorite genre of reading, but soon I found myself flying through the present day chapters so I could get back to the story from the 40′s.

The book follows three main characters: Laurel, Dolly (Dorothy), and Vivien. Laurel is Dolly’s daughter and the story goes from present day, where Laurel is trying to learn about Dolly’s past to the past where the reader lives through Dolly’s story.

I thought this was an excellent book, and each chapter left you wanting to keep reading to see what happens next.

I found myself with mixed emotions about Dolly’s character. I liked her when she towards the beginning when she left her family to pursue her dreams. She seemed a little bit imaginative and flighty, but still likeable. She seemed very naive and childlike. However, as her story went on, I found myself liking her less. The way she behaved with Jimmy, and the plan that she set in motion made me like her less and less. I also got the feeling from her meeting with Dr. Rufus that there more to her story than met the eye.

I liked Vivien’s character. At the beginning, she seemed very cold and withdrawn, but I still found myself drawn to her and wanted to know more of her story. When the story starts out, it seems as though Vivien and Dolly are friends, so when your reach the part about Vivien saying that she isn’t friends with Dolly, you begin to wonder how they’re friendship came about. I loved that the beginning of the story was told from Dolly’s point of view and at the end of the book we see the same scene through Vivien’s eyes.

I didn’t have many feelings towards Laurel one way or the other. I felt like she was simply a character to relate the story of Dolly and Vivien.

This book has many twists and turns. When I got to the end of the book, I actually had to read it a few times to make sure that I was understanding it correctly. I don’t want to give too much of the ending away, but I loved it. It was actually a twist that I didn’t predict at all. Although I like the way it ended, the only thing that I wish would have been different is the fact that Dolly died not ever knowing that Jimmy survived.

The Secret Keeper has a little bit of everything: love, history, drama, murder, mystery. It was well-written and the best book I have read in a while. The story sucks you in and leaves you needing to find out more. You have a love/hate relationship with the characters, but despite how you feel about them, their story is one that you need to find out more about.

  • Have you read the Secret Keeper? Thoughts? Last book you read?
  • Have you ever done any kind of fitness or army test?
  • Favorite post workout snack?


Filed under Book Review, Breakfast, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Working Out

15 Responses to Army FPT Two-Mile Run and The Secret Keeper Book Review

  1. That Kashi Go Lean cereal is my absolute favorite! I’ve never done an Army Test like that but is sounds like fun, good job!

  2. lol . . . you are now ready for combat!! Make sure you tell your kids about that. :)

  3. I love Skinny Cow! I haven’t had it in a while but I loved their mint ice cream cones. Yum! I don’t really have a typical post workout snack because I usually workout right before breakfast or dinner. Also, I never trust the machine calorie counter but it’s always nice to know that some work is being done!

  4. That is one of the books on the Kindle list. But right now I am reading the first Gillian Flynn book.

    The Kidless Kronicles

  5. Haha I think Kashi GoLean tastes like cardboard…

  6. That is a fancy treadmill!

  7. Fit Minded Mom

    I like the Kashi Toasted Berry! I especially like to add it to my yogurt bowls. YUM!!

    I think we have that treadmill at my gym. Maybe I will hop on it tomorrow if it is available and see what kind of fit test score I get!

  8. Key Master

    I’ve been trying many of the foods you’ve reviewed on your blog the last couple of months and I have not been disappointed. There’s a world of difference between what I used to snack on or eat and what I’m putting in my pie hole now. Thanks for the great tips…you really know how to find the healthy as well as tasty foods.

  9. amy

    I can’t tell you how mini friend complain about the Army Pt test.

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