Good choice of service, I did 22 years in the RAF as an aircraft engineer, great part of my life. Cougie is right, you just need some good endurance to pass the test, which is repeated every year just in case you're tempted to get back on your arse again!
At your age and weight you should soon be able to hit that 11 mins target for 1.5 miles. There is also a gym test, can't remember the volumes but it used to be a press up and sit ups test.
Agree Ryan its a very personal choice, I guess with yours you had 7 weeks to race day and you kept to MP. The danger is probably going quicker than MP and the closer to race day the more damaging that could be, potentially.
Again agree that the more experience you have allows you to tailor programmes to match your own abilities.
I think last year everybody found the 18 with 14 at MP a tough one, weird as a few weeks later it will seem a doddle.
I know we all make our own decisions in the end on the long runs, number of etc. but I think this thread last year most people only went to 14 miles at the most at MP. A race of 20 is likely to be faster than MP anyway and apart from the possibility of injury it will have a real impact on your training for a couple of weeks afterwards.
Hi 15w, yes got a place in VLM courtesy of hitting 60 next year and squeezing into the GFA time.
Have also managed to find myself being made redundant, thinking about moving, perhaps early retiring, perhaps something different in work, but pretty cool about it especially as it means training is easy at the moment in daylight.
Yer maj congrats on last year, I used P&D as well and didn't pb but got within 40 seconds of my previous time 5 years earlier so convinced of the benefits of the programme, and it means I have the GFA place, so just need to repeat it again. Set to start my 18 week programme on 9th December.