Discuss Should I listen to TA advice? in The Training Wing on The Army Rumour Service; It might be prudent (that's a posh word, for me) to ask him what he does in the TA, how long he's been in and where he's been.
If it's a grizzled Infantry Warrant Officer ...
Someone mentioned to borrow his Bergan and such. I have bought an old cheap Bergan and webbing from army and navy stores and filled with stones also wearing my old work boots, don't want to try and look too military as I believe its against the law to replicate a soldier? I started off with not too much weight in the Bergan running along the beach, up and down the sandunes to the amusement of holidaymakers, not that I care. Finally building upto jam-packing the Bergan as full as I can with an old sleeping bag at the bottom and bags of stones on top, I weighed it at the local P.Office scales and it was 66lb. Do I need to try more or just stick with this as I start phase 1 in under a week...should I just take it easy now by light jogging, to avoid injury?
Running with full kit and boots seems to require a different kind of fitness than running in shorts and trainers, it kills and I sweat like a pig, but feels really good at the end. I had a few minor injuries to start with, but nothing now for months, so I presume my body has become a little more used to running with full kit, I hope so.
Take it easy when running with a Bergan - you might do yourself some damage even before you get in! You won't be doing runs like that until you are well into your basic so all you need is a good standard of general fitness. Buy yourself a decent pair of running shoes and put the miles in and get your stamina up. The PTI's will take it from there.
I defer to your greater knowledge. Thought they were classed as TA.
Bollocks to my greater knowledge, it's not that great. Google the Royal Irish Regiment (official MOD site), they had (until the disbandment was announced) three recruiting sections- one for the 1st GS Bn, one for the 2,3, & 4 HS Bns and one for 4/5 Bn The Rangers (TA).
edit- interesting how the board translates "b*ll&cks" to "balls"