This is my first post and I'm unfamiliar with this website - so I'll try to keep it simple. I will appreciate any feedback. Insults and stuff don't bother me much. I'm in the pre-Selection stage evaluation process. I attend a running club twice a month governed by my local career office and have been instructed by my recruiting Sgt to beat a 09:00 run time (1.5miles) in order for him to send me away for legit Selection. My current average run time is 09:10. I want to know if that result will hold any water at the ADSC IF I manage to maintain it. The way I see it is the Paras only want the best. And since they have 4 huge Battalions (more than enough people), I assume its not just down to passing by a few seconds for a definate pass. I'm 18 years old. I'm 6ft 2". I'm now running everyday. (Not sure if good idea) I'm not as skinny as the other guys I run with who do it in about 08:30. I have until April 3rd (next assessment) to comply with what I have been instructed. My problem is, I want to be stubborn and beat 8:30. I was told that because I was the only person attending that was attempting Para Selection and that I should be "Leading the pack". I want to do that on April 3rd. I don't just want to beat 09:00. I want to beat 08:30 and show those skinny bastards Paras are better and I want to prove something to those that have said "It can't be done in 2 and a half weeks". My questions; Can it be done in my current time set? Is it a bad idea to neglect my instruction for personal priorities? What advice could you give to me regarding my case? Thanks in advance.