Running During BCT

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  1. fightingfalcon2020

    fightingfalcon2020 Member

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    I'm confident in my running stamina and physical endurance, since I do workout and run at least 5 days out of the week. But I am just wondering how running plays a role in BCT? And I know the PFT consists of the 1.5 Mile run but I'm just referring to running in general and at any time during the 6 weeks. Is there more running during 1st Beast or 2nd Beast? And is it done usually in formation? Anyways, hopefully this doesn't sound like I'm not prepared because I've been working my butt off, trying to make sure I'm in shape, especially for the altitude. Any answers to my question would be awesome! Just trying to get mentally prepared!
     
  2. jbjtitleist124

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    Let me put it to you this way... "Everywhere I went... I... Was... Running!!!"... (or marching). If you're running 5 days out of the week now, you'll be fine. It's usually formation running and that is usually fairly slow.
     
  3. 16maybt

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    I am running either 5 or 6 miles a day at 7:15-7:30min mile pace. Do you think that will get me prepared for the running aspect of BCT.
     
  4. USAFA83GradWife

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    Just keep it up and you'll be fine. Also, if you see someone struggling with running - don't run past them, help them. It's not a race, its team-building. Help each other!

    Keep in mind that the altitude will affect your stamina. The cadre know this & will take it into consideration, but that doesn't mean they'll take it easy on you, either.
     
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  5. fightingfalcon2020

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    Thank you for the information!
     
  6. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    +1^^^USAFAGRADWIFE.

    For anything, if you see your squadmate struggling YOU HELP. If you don't, immediately, without any hesitation, let's just say you'll be getting some special attention.

    As for running, if you have grown up at sea level, just keep it up, and push your pace, and I'll let you take off Sundays but not Saturday. Push yourself. If you don't now, someone surely will shortly. Be in the absolute best shape you can on I-Day.
     
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  7. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    Definitely. USAFAGradWife and fencersmom already said it, but work together in EVERYTHING. With the arguable exception of the AFT (which is primarily an individual effort--you can encourage your teammates, but you are ultimately striving for your own personal best), all the running I did in BCT was a team effort of some kind. The same goes for everything else you do.

    Honestly, 6 mi @ 7:15/mi is probably faster than most of your classmates will be able to run (neglecting altitude). If this indeed turns out to be the case within your flight, be prepared not only to help and encourage your classmates, but also to use your ability for the good of the team. Everyone has their own specific strengths, and there will be times during BCT when you may be called on to represent. Good luck, give your all for the next month and a half, and see you on the other side.
     
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