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Question by Tino Villalovas
Submitted on 10/16/2003
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I am new in the military and new to running. my situation is special since my "Basic" was shortened to accommodate getting me in quickly as a chaplain this means I had only four weeks to "get in shape". I managed to pass the run portion of the fitness test but not by much. I am now required to run a faster 2 miles to make standard about under 15 min. and run 4 miles in about 32 min. The problem is i am supposed to be able to do it "now." I do not seem a natural so I'm having trouble. my superiors are not inclined to wait for my progress. how can I improve relatively quickly w/o injuring myself? how hard can I push? I am 36 yrs old in decent shape but not a runner. And again my time constraints are forced on me. what's the best way to proceed?

Answer by robertoguy
Submitted on 11/3/2003
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I am not a doctor or even confident about what I am about to say, but i do have some experience with running.  I am 17 years old and I joined distance track my freshman year.  To make a long story short, I had never ran more than a mile straight and the guys in track ran 5 miles every day after school.  It took me about 1 week to be able to run 5 miles.  All I did was push myself until i couldn't go any farther.  I ran and even walked as far as I could without stopping every day after school.  I was very soar after those first couple days.  But in a couple weeks 5 miles wasn't too challenging and I found myself running 5 miles in 35 minutes and 2 miles in about 13 minutes.  Do not think I am any kind of track star or anything.  I was never anymore than average or below average for my track team.  I would suggest just going out there and running as far as you can and when you think you can't run anymore....KEEP GOING!  The hardest part is self discipline, but it can be done.  GOOD LUCK


Answer by LilBritney
Submitted on 1/15/2004
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im 13 yrs old and in track too, dont drink sodas or eat a lot of chocolate. its harder 4 you to breath and it seriously takes PRECIOUS seconds off your time


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