Try running further than the distance you are aiming for. If you can build up to running comfortably for an hour then the speed will come naturally on the shorter runs.
It is very difficult at the beginning to try to take a whole minute off your time simply by running the 1.5 miles over and over. You will also get very frustrated and possibly bored with it.
If you are training 3 times a week, make one run a long one, one a hill session perhaps, and one your 1.5 miler. There are some great training plans on this site so you should be able to find one you can follow or amend slightly to suit.
Be very wary of trying to do too much too soon, which is very easily done, and will lead to injury. Take it nice and easy and the speed will come when you have your fitness up to a good level.
Hope this is of some help, keep it up and you will get there!
I think you will find that extra minute without too much bother. Springle has quite rightly given you advice which should see your aerobice fitness levels increase. This is important, and 5 weeks gives you some chance to improve this.
However, equally important is that you will also learn how to pace your run so that you can run the whole thing, without slowing very much, or stopping. Similarly you will find that you will learn how to hurt your body more, and keep going when you are stopping at the moment.
I halped my daughter prepare for her 800m race at school sports day. She only had 2 weeks, so no time to really impact her actual fitness. Yet by practicing doing 800m several times, she ended up knocking 52s off her time simply because she could pace it properly and was prepared to tough it out.
I suggest the plan Springle said, but do your next 1.5m slower, at a pace you know you can maintain for the whole thing. Then each week, do that run slightly faster.
I don't know how the TA run is organised, but if you are running with others they'll probably drag you round faster, even if not, you'll probably go faster just with adrenaline in the real thing.
I recently took part in Marathon Talk's Magic Mile event - one mile flat out. Tried twice on my own at home - 6:09 and 6:08. Both times absolutely knackered - 2nd time, was wheezing and coughing the whole rest of the evening. Couldn't have run another step.
Last Saturday, did a 5k Parkrun (great fun - look them up and try one!), went through the first mile in 6:02, and carried on to run the next 2 miles at about 6:09 pace.
The other thing to mention is that the 1.5 mile test is the entrance exam. If you get in, I'd expect the training to need to you to run further. So adding long runs now not only helps with the test, but sets the foundations for further training
i give tonight a miss and do a short run tomorrow , now i got me running shoes i wanna go out and feel the difrence
Well done. It wasn't the trainers that made you run faster though - it was you & your mind!
Good luck. I'm sure you'll be ok given that you're coming in under the time now, without the motivation that running in the group will give you - don't forget your press-ups and sit-ups as well
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