Help - 1.5 Mile Run For Police Training in 15 Minutes

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03/01/2013 at 14:04

Hi All

I am new to this to be gentle!!

I am currently training (not very well) for joining the police in a few months time.  I passed the initial bleep test at level 6.7. I am struggling a bit with the running side of things I am more a plodder than a runner I am 5ft and feel like I am running 100 to the dozen when I run so any tips would be greatly appreciated.  I also have two young children to take into account and can only train 3 times a week 4 at a push!

 

At the moment I can run approx 16-17 minutes - slow I know (this is quite a hilly run) and I need to get to 15 minutes at the very least.

 

All help and advice greatly appreciated.

Thanks

03/01/2013 at 14:23

Have a search through the forum for advice on running the 1.5 mile test, as its a common question from army recruits.

In summary, you need to run further than 1.5 miles at a slower pace (e.g. 3 miles at 12 min/mile if you want to run 1.5m at 10 min/mile) for most of your runs and then concentrate on speed for one run a week.  

04/01/2013 at 07:15

Most of the Policemen and Women I see couldn't raise a gallop if their donuts caught fire, so I shouldn't be too concerned about it. I agree with Stutyr though, to achieve this you really need to be able to comfortably run/jog for over 20 minutes before you start to look for speed.

04/01/2013 at 10:00

An easy way of adding speed when the time comes would be to turn your usual route into a hilly fartlek run - once into a comfortable pace look to mildly push the pace on the uphill sections, easing off when the hill levels out or goes downhill. If the hills are long break them up in 15-20 seconds efforts. Have the last few minutes of your run for a cool down 

04/01/2013 at 11:35
EKGO wrote (see)

Most of the Policemen and Women I see couldn't raise a gallop if their donuts caught fire, so I shouldn't be too concerned about it. I agree with Stutyr though, to achieve this you really need to be able to comfortably run/jog for over 20 minutes before you start to look for speed.


lol I was thinkin the same thing, but thought it would literally be un-PC to say it!

Seriously though, and i'm not taking the piss, maybe i'm fitter than I think, but when ever I see these "armed forces fitness test run" type threads I always think is that it? A policeman only has to run 1.5 miles at 10 minute miles? I could do that the very first day I started running, and I was 14.5 stone (29 BMI).

Then the elite infantry only have to do what, 10.5 minutes for 1.5 miles? I thought they should be the cream of the crop? And especially at 18-25? I'd set it at 7.5 minutes!

We're paying for these people to sit around all day eating biscuits, the least they could do is attempt to attain some sort of athletic standard

 

 

04/01/2013 at 11:47

Lardarse, I never thought I'd see you and PC in the same sentence 

04/01/2013 at 12:03

moi?!

04/01/2013 at 16:29

You're not the only one Lardarse - I'd have thought the training would be harder.  But if you're not used to it..

Katherine, If you can only train 3-4 times a week I'd ignore the distance and build to 30/40 min each run at a slower pace.  6 weeks of that should see your speed increase just from improved aerobic fitness.

I imagine as well it is like training for a race - most people will always do much better on the day than in training due to the adrenaline - and at 1.5 miles its unlikely you can go much too fast to burn out like you can in a 10k or half.

04/01/2013 at 21:57
Thanks appreciate your feedback and making me laugh!! Hopefully I won't fal under the eating to many donuts category!
04/01/2013 at 22:05
The fitness test wasn't that easy when I took it 13 years ago! I'm with you though, people have a right to expect police to be fit and healthy. Besides, with the shift patterns and modern demands I think good health and fitness are a must! I'm surprised that any forces are actually recruiting given the cut backs? O with you the best of luck Katherine!
06/01/2013 at 15:20
Many thanks Mr F it has been an on going process since May so hopefully get my date March April soon.
07/01/2013 at 09:25

Good luck with it

07/01/2013 at 10:44

When I joined the Police Force the time limit for the 1.5mile run was 13 minutes 30 seconds for women - 15 minutes seems a bit 'relaxed'.

Some good advice been given already Karen and if it's any encouragement/consolation to you, I initially struggled with the run element of the fitness test, but have since gone on to complete many a decent half marathon and a sub 4 hour marathon, so have faith in yourself

 

 

18/02/2013 at 21:38

Hi Everyone - I am new here and just read this post... Maybe I am too late but I have a great resource that offers training on the Army Fitness tests for selection and as the above post mentions, there is a lot of advice and tips to be gained from this kind of resource. The website is www.armyfitnesstest.co.uk - It´s a new site and there is new information and training advice being produced daily.

 

Hopefully you already passed and no longer require this, however it may be useful for someone else!

18/02/2013 at 22:05
Thanks for all the help it is appreciated and still waiting on news

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