I've noticed that a lot of deps think they are pt studs because they can do 1000 pu's in 2 hours
; but, nobody really says anything about running. When I was in, my pt test was about like this: 100 pu's, 85 su's, and 12:30 2-miles. As hard as I tried, my su's and run time never got any better. I've always thought running was the hardest event. Not running 2 miles, but running in general. So, I thought I'd share my running tricks.
Here's what I do now that I'm a fat, old, broken civilian. I created a running course that is a 1.75 mile loop around my neighborhood. I know I need to run 2 miles, so I have to pass my starting point (my house) again to finish. And once I pass my house, there is no turning around, so I have to go around again. And, if I have enough in me to pass my house again, then it's around another time. Eventually, it's time to go inside and get ready for work.
I hate running, so I have to use simple tricks to keep my ass going. I run early in the morning, when it's dark. I listen to the night sounds, and watch the stars, and anything else that distracts me from feeling like I'm about to fucking die. I forget about the pain, and loose track of time, and before I know it, I've run farther and longer than before.
I used to do the same shit in the Army. If I was running on my own time, I would run the SGM Academy trail, or up Trans-mountain Pass. Those were roads that if you ran out, you really ran out, and had to get back somehow, so why not run back?
I'd like to see what others here have to say about running. I think it's the most important thing you can do as a human, and as a soldier.