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Hey guys, I'm new to this forum but it sounds perfect for the kind of advice that I am looking for. I have searched this subject before but I wanted to be specific about myself and see what you guys can offer.
I'm not much of a beginner at jogging/running but I have been on and off during a 3 year period of smoking 20 a day. I tried not to let it stop me but it got to the point where I just wasn't improving my times or distance. So I gave up straight away, cold turkey and it's been 2 and a half weeks since my last cigarette so I have decided it's time to get into it more than ever.
I have recently done my medical for the army and the careers advisor told me I would have 8 weeks until my interview with him. Now this isn't anything to do with fitness, but I can guess the minimum time I have until I do the fitness test will be about 3-4 months.
Ok so let's get down to business. I am 19 years old, been running on and off for about 4 years now, but the smoking limited me to improving my time and distance. I think I was doing the 1.5 mile in around 13-14 minutes which was obviously pretty terrible. I have been for a run twice since I have given up and tonight I did it in around 12 minutes dead. I like that my time has improved already, it is really motivating. The problem is I still had to stop about 3/4 of the way round.
I understand that I could possibly still be recovering from the smoking. I just want to know if anyone has been in my situation of quitting the dirty habit, and getting back into running.
I don't really want to be one of those people who run for an hour straight, I just want to be able to run 1.5 miles in around 10 minutes so that I can definitely pass. I think it's 12 minutes 45 seconds when in selection and then if you pass you do it again and it has to be under 10 minutes and 30 seconds.
I don't mind working up to maybe half and hour of running a time but an hour is just too long and I need as much time as I can to revise the three jobs I have picked and revise the regiment I hope to join. I'm told I need to know it like the back of my hand, so I really am struggling at the moment to find the time to fit both fitness in and revising a long side my 9-5 job.
What kind of running should I do to improve my time as quickly as possible and maybe how many times a week I should run.
Also I am not a member of a gym, I had to leave my recent one as I couldn't afford it anymore and they over-charged my girlfriend and her mum so I didn't really want to get caught up in that rubbish as they are going out of business and trying to get anything they can off of remaining customers.
Thanks in advance for all your help. I'm sorry if this is a bit too much to read.