I was vwondering if anyone knew how quickly you could get fit if you really pushed yourself. I was applying to get in the navy and was doing fitness but recently I havnt kept it up because I thought they were not interested in me as they havnt been in touch for a while. It turns out they have been trying to get in touch, I changed my contact details and forgot to tell them. So I have just booked my medical with them and if that goes well then I have my fitness test which is 2.4km run in 13 mins. My medical is in a week and I think they might want me to do the fitness test within two weeks after that so basically i might have three weeks to do 2.4km run in 13 mins do you think it can be done?
Some people will never be able to do it no matter how long they train. Some will be able to do it with no training. Most of us are in the middle somewhere. All you can do is go for it.
Go for fast as you can 1 mile runs and slow as you like 3 mile runs. How often you run will depend on your recovery rate - once a day, once every other day or even twice a day. If you run too much on tired muscles you will find your speed actually slowing rather than getting faster so listen to the body on this one. And again think what to do in the 2 days before the test - whether you rest completely or whether you keep yourself just ticking over or whether you continue with more speed work.
I am guessing you are quite young if you are applying for the RN and are not totally unfit because of the fitness you were doing so should be possible to get 9 minute mile pace. Good luck.
In addition to what dhughes2 suggested, I just want to encourage you to stay positive and stay relaxed. Whenever people race, the more they can relax their mind, the more their body is relaxed ... which translates into better running because their bodies are 'loose'!
Tell yourself that you can 'step up to the mark' on the day of the assessment and the adrenalin will boost you up! Good luck and keep us posted on how things go!
Thank you both so much, you`ve helped alot
I passed :) 2.4km in 11.59 not too bad for a beginner
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