I’ll start by saying that I’m incredibly new to the world of running - so any and all advice is greatly appreciated.
I’m taking the Cooper’s test for the Police Academy. So far, I’ve failed it twice. I’ve got one more shot to do it in 2 1/2 weeks before I’m barred for an entire year. For those not familiar, the Cooper’s test consists of 25 push-ups in under a minute, 30 Sit-ups in under a minute, and a 1.5 mile run in 15:54. Easy stuff, right? That’s what I thought too. I crash during the run Every. Single. Time. Total loss of energy, then I can’t breath. And that’s even after sucking down 2 PowerGels (with some water) prior to the run and pacing myself during the push-ups and sit-ups. Pace wise, I tend to span between a 9:30 - 10:30 mile - and for those curious, breakfast that morning consisted of a banana, coffee, and about 4 ibuprofen (really bad shin splints). My run completion time this go around was 17:47. Approx 1:53 where I need it to be. What do I do? What can I do?
Thanks in advance.