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1.5 Mile Run - How Much Time Can I Shave Off in 6 Months?

by Charles

I am now out of shape (too many fags and drinks over the past 10 years!).

Time has come and I need to seriously start getting fit again because I have a 1.5 mile run test in about 6 months.

With strict training approx how much time could I expect to shave off in 6 months?

Would love to get it down to 8 mins or less... could it be done??

First run was 10 min 30sec.


Answer by Dominique:


Hi there,
Thanks for your question about your 1.5 mile run test.

Can it be done?
Yes.

Can you do it?
I don't know.


If you are seriously out of shape now and able to do the 1.5 mile in 10 min 30 secs, then A bit of an easy answer, I know. Let me get a bit more specific.

If you are currently completely out of shape and are able to do the 1.5 mile run in 10 mins and 30 secs, then I would consider that an excellent, excellent starting point.

I would hope that it is possible to get to 8 mins with dedicated training.

Whether you are actually able to reach that will determine on your talent, how much you are willing to train and whether you will be able to adjust some of your bad habits as especially smoking will have a pretty bad effect on your fitness and stamina levels.

Check out my running training questions and answers as I have answered plenty of questions about the 1.5 mile run test already. The general approach would be to build up your ability to run longer distances with a focus on faster workouts closer to the race.

Consistency is key. Make sure you do at least three runs per week. This should help you improve heaps over the next six months.

Hope this helps.
Kind regards,
Dominique


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