I'm an incoming high school junior and my dream is to go to the Naval Academy. From an academic standpoint, I think I am competitive. I have a 3.92 gpa. I WILL be taking AP and honors classes in science and math in the fall (school didn'toffer them to underclassmen). I am an eagle scout. I have had several leadership positions in my troop, including Senior Patrol Leader. I am in NHS and am pursuing leadership roles in this. I play varsity football and I would have been co-captain this year but I am moving from Texas to Maryland over the summer. However, I currently do not think I have the cardiovascular ability to compete for an appointment. I only run at about an 8.5 min mile pace. I am motivated, and I run 2-6 miles about 4-5 times a week, in addition to off season workouts. I am strong in pretty much all other categories, except pull-ups (4/5 on a good day), and I am not some chunky fat kid. I'm kind of big, 6'0 220 lb), but I have 18% body fat. I have seen some pretty big looking guys on the Naval Academy Facebook Page pictures, and also a few on the football roster. These make me feel it is not IMPOSSIBLE for me, but I would appreciate some accurate help on how to increase my cardiovascular ability and my run times. This Forum seemed like a good place to ask this question, and I haven't found much credible information anywhere online. THANK YOU!