Both times directly relate to your body's ability to perform aerobically (amongst other things).
Whether either time is good depends upon what you relate it to; eg:
(a) Your slower performances of a month ago- impressive, well done, you are improving.
(b) The performance of a club athlete - really very unimpressive.
(c) The Army's standard for a young trained male soldier - fail (but not by a lot). [AFTERNOTE: WRONG - 9:55 is very much a pass; well done.]
Hope that helps.
BTW, don't forget that many people cannot run 5+ miles at all (or 1.5 for that matter), so, depending on who you are, well done (unless you're a trained soldier, in which case, get a grip of yourself you disgusting fatbody).
Cheers for the reply! Im not a soldier yet but going through the process! I wasnt completely dead after the 5 so probably could of pushed a lot harder. I was running 13 miles a few weeks back but havent been able to get out on a run due to other things cropping up. Thought i'd start off easy !
Both times are fairly good by civvy standards - as has already been pointed out, a lot of people wouldn't finish a 5 miler. I also know of soldiers who are slower than that... but as a general rule I'd expect soldiers to be quicker.
The 1.5 really tests your ability to keep up high intensity work rate so to improve your 1.5 practice running 3 miles at a fair clip and 1 mile at a really quick pace. Also chuck some hill sprints in there if you can.
To improve your 5 mile time try doing some fartlek training (varying intensity levels) over 3 -7 miles, increasing the number of high intensity levels for the shorter distance.
Improving your core strength will also help you improve your times at both distances - more than you might think.
But yeah, I reckon you're doing ok - keep it up! I'm just about to start trainig to improve my 1.5 time, got 9:26 at my baseline attempt last week.
Cheers for the advice guys, been on a few 5-6 miles jaunts lately, will try and do 1.5 in under 9.50, if i do i'll be pretty chuffed. After that I'll work fartlek training and hopefully see further improvements! I just wanna get on ADSC now! but my heaves are terrible, i struggle to do one, but always thought i had good upper body strength =/... any advice on that too would be great!
Try an assisted heave down the gym if there is one. Or just stand on a chair and use that to assisst, I am sure you can find the technique on Google somewhere. How many you do on the day isn't that important but you have to be seen to give it 100%. Having said that you don't want to look a tw@t so doin 7-8 would be good to aim 4. Sure there is lots of info on here somewhere, try srarching