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1.5 Miles in 15 Minutes

I am to run 1.5 miles in 15:00 minutes (or faster) for the Police Academy. How do I start training for this? I try to run two mile a day but have never timed myself.

If you could please help me by giving me step-by-step advice that would be greatly appreciated...

Thank you for your time

Tonya






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Answer by Dominique:

Hi Tonya,
Thanks for your question about running the 1.5 mile police academy test.

It's good that you are already running two miles a day. You are not starting from a zero base. What I would advice you to do is:

  • Make 1-2 of your weekly runs longer, but slower, i.e. try to go 2.5, 3 or 4 miles but run at a slower pace or take a short walking break in between.


  • Make 1-2 of your weekly runs faster, e.g. alternate 1 minute fast running with 3 minutes of slow running.


  • The slower running helps to build your aerobic capacity (stamina/endurance) while the faster running will help you build your speed.

    I'll provide you with a few useful links to read up more about the reasons of slower and faster running:

  • Base Running


  • Tempo Running


  • Interval Running


  • Fartlek


  • Gymboss - Fantastic Interval Timer


  • If you really want a step-by-step workout-by-workout plan, then I'd advise you to have a look at my Best Running Coach website. I offer an in-depth assessment of your current fitness, strengths and weaknesses and create a running program to get you well prepared for your 1.5 mile police academy test.

    It could be a useful service to you as this test is obviously important for your career.

    Kind regards,
    Dominique

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