If you are considering a career with the United States Armed Forces you will be required to pass a somewhat rigorous fitness test as part of your application process. Depending on the military branch in question, this may include a 1.5 to 3 mile timed run. However, if you are like the average high school graduate, you probably don’t run on a regular basis. In this article I will give you a quick breakdown to help you achieve an ideal run quickly.
I’ve seen many young recruits ‘fake it’ meaning they will attempt the run without proper preparation and physical training. They push themselves to the limit and perhaps even complete the run in the required time. However the ordeal leaves them pained and breathless, and the recovery process is not very pleasant.
While you can get by in this manner if the timed run is an independent incident, faking it is not an option if you are getting ready to enlist as you will be required to work out regularly, despite the required recovery time.
Therefor, you will be a lot better off properly preparing for this run by physically training your body and muscles for this type of endurance exercise.
The first thing you want to do is map out a strategy. This will have to take into account he following
- Your current fitness level
- Your required run distance and time
- Your current running ability
- How much time you have left until your test/enlistment/bootcamp ship date
The next thing you have to do is plan for a running time/distance goal. For example, in the Navy you are required to run 1.5 miles for your PRT, and so you should aim to run 2 mile comfortably. In the marines you are required to run 3 miles, and so you should aim to run at 4 miles comfortably Tacfit Commando.
This extra running distance increases your conditioning and gives you a buffer on the run. If you are quite comfortable running more than required, the actual running test will be a lot easier for you.
Put yourself on a strict training schedule. Even if you cannot run the full distance from day one, force yourself to walk the distance, or perhaps double the distance. This will start conditioning your legs and lungs for the endurance.
Ensure that you are properly hydrated as you run. The best form of hydration is a bottle of water or electrolyte sports drink. You may also want to use a music player and headphones to keep you from getting bored. Perhaps by listening to your favorite band, or even an ASVAB audio study guide.