Getting into a running routine
Hey there, I've been a long time lurker, thanks to Five-O for informing me of this site, and figured I'd get active with getting some help before my academy rolls around at the end of January. I know to pass the academy you have to pass a fitness test and I can do what is required except for running, that has always been my downfall. My problem is I played baseball for 12 or so years and was always in a sprinting state of mind and never pacing, so learning to pace myself is taking some time to get down and I was hoping someone here could help me with a good routine to get into. In the warm seasons I would walk at least every other day for a few miles just to do so, but have been running off and on for several months.
To get into a good routine I've followed the couch to 5k program just to build up but I'm only into the 3rd week now and don't know if this will prepare me in time to pass the physical test. The running portion required is to do 1 1/2 miles in 12:30 or so, and that averages out to a steady 8 mph run, correct? I know it's not a hard task just looking for something to help me reach that goal by the end of academy (mid-May I believe). Does anyone have any tips/pointers/guides to help me reach this goal?