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    Hello everyone my name is Zach. I enlisted into the Indiana Army National Guard as an 11B on 20120622 and will be shipping out in late August of this year. After MEPS I did something to my hip flexor while on a hike and after that I got what I believe is a heel spur. Prior to this the two mile run was no problem but now that I've recovered I can only run about a half mile before my legs are on fire and have to walk for a minute or two. By the time I ship I'll be able to run the mile maybe more and I'm wondering where that will put me at while in Infantry OSUT? Will I be the slow/out of shape guy bringing everyone down or will there be others with my same running abilities? I hate being mediocre and strive to be the best so this is driving me crazy and I'm really nervous about it. I'm doing my best to bring my running up to speed but it's of course taking some time. Any answers will be highly appreciated and I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong section. Thanks!

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    Re: Infantry and Running

    Originally posted by ZachR View Post
    Hello everyone my name is Zach. I enlisted into the Indiana Army National Guard as an 11B on 20120622 and will be shipping out in late August of this year. After MEPS I did something to my hip flexor while on a hike and after that I got what I believe is a heel spur. Prior to this the two mile run was no problem but now that I've recovered I can only run about a half mile before my legs are on fire and have to walk for a minute or two. By the time I ship I'll be able to run the mile maybe more and I'm wondering where that will put me at while in Infantry OSUT? Will I be the slow/out of shape guy bringing everyone down or will there be others with my same running abilities? I hate being mediocre and strive to be the best so this is driving me crazy and I'm really nervous about it. I'm doing my best to bring my running up to speed but it's of course taking some time. Any answers will be highly appreciated and I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong section. Thanks!
    You would be doing your best to see a Doctor about this to avoid secondary injury and getting discharged in BCT. I'm no expert when it comes to military matters, but I'd think it would be best to ask this question to your recruiter, as it might affect your enlistment. It would be best to go about it the right way then to get hurt more severely later and end up discharged because of something that could've been taken care of by a quick trip to a Doctor or PT. Don't forget to warm-up and stretch before you train, prevention is key.

    -Nick, ACSM-CPT

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      Re: Infantry and Running

      Originally posted by ZachR View Post
      Hello everyone my name is Zach. I enlisted into the Indiana Army National Guard as an 11B on 20120622 and will be shipping out in late August of this year. After MEPS I did something to my hip flexor while on a hike and after that I got what I believe is a heel spur. Prior to this the two mile run was no problem but now that I've recovered I can only run about a half mile before my legs are on fire and have to walk for a minute or two. By the time I ship I'll be able to run the mile maybe more and I'm wondering where that will put me at while in Infantry OSUT? Will I be the slow/out of shape guy bringing everyone down or will there be others with my same running abilities? I hate being mediocre and strive to be the best so this is driving me crazy and I'm really nervous about it. I'm doing my best to bring my running up to speed but it's of course taking some time. Any answers will be highly appreciated and I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong section. Thanks!
      If you're looking for medical advice, this ain't the place.

      As far as what you can expect at OSUT, there will be a lot of folks in poor shape, but you don't want to be among them. As a very rough guideline, you want to be able to run 2 miles in under 18:00 when you get to your BCT/OSUT station or you risk being sent to a fitness training unit when everyone else goes to their actual BCT/OSUT unit (this will add onto your total time spent at your OSUT station).

      Then again, I went to BCT when I was 18 and my first 2-mile run was 21:39. By the end of BCT I was running 15:30, and now (10 years later) I'm in the 13s. Massive improvement is possible even if you're a short fat guy like me.

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        Thank you both. Roger that Sir, I wasn't looking for medical advice just wondering where I would stand at BCT. Thankfully from all the years of wrestling my body adapts quickly to exercise so I will give 110% on bringing my running endurance up to speed in my alloted time.

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          Re: Infantry and Running

          Originally posted by ZachR View Post
          Thank you both. Roger that Sir, I wasn't looking for medical advice just wondering where I would stand at BCT. Thankfully from all the years of wrestling my body adapts quickly to exercise so I will give 110% on bringing my running endurance up to speed in my alloted time.

          I'm not sure how big of a town/city you live in? Where I live we have several running groups that are free to join, they even offer free gait analysis and shoe prescriptions (critical aspects of running). Of course I live in "Track Town USA" lol, so there are several here, but you might also have access to something similar in your area. Definitely worth checking into. I know I run a lot better and further when I have a group to challenge me, and a strong leader to consult with about training. It's usually more sound advice than anything I've read online.

          -Nick

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            Re: Infantry and Running

            Originally posted by Hargrove.Spc.541 View Post
            You would be doing your best to see a Doctor about this to avoid secondary injury and getting discharged in BCT. I'm no expert when it comes to military matters, but I'd think it would be best to ask this question to your recruiter, as it might affect your enlistment. It would be best to go about it the right way then to get hurt more severely later and end up discharged because of something that could've been taken care of by a quick trip to a Doctor or PT. Don't forget to warm-up and stretch before you train, prevention is key.

            -Nick, ACSM-CPT
            Agreed. You should focus more on the fact that you are running with pain than running slow. You'll be doing a LOT of running in BCT and you don't want to have problems when you get there.

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              Re: Infantry and Running

              Update: I maxed out the pushups on the APFT, got 60 situps (needs improvement) and I ran the 2 miles in 21:04 (1 mile was right at 10min) at RSD. The next day I ran the two miles in 18min so I did better on Sunday than I thought I would have. I learned that the reason I'm running out of energy after a half mile was because I was starting off too fast and my pace got messed up which I fixed during the company run on Sunday. My next drill Aug 11-12 I WILL pass the 1 mile run and be ready to ship out. Specialist that was one of my problems with running, I wasn't wearing running shoes but I found my pair that I had boxed up and started using them again. RyCass I'm not in pain while running, I did something to my hip flexor while on a long hike wearing the wrong boots. I waited for it to heal before I started my running back up and that's why I could only run about a half mile at that time. I've improved quite a bit already since my first post. Thank you everyone, after this past weekend I'm very motivated and ready to ship out

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