Alrite Guys, I want to join the para regiment and I was wondering if anyone can give me any sort of indication how long it will take me to get my 1.5m run speed up to scratch. Firstly what time is it the para's expect on a 1.5m run, I do know the Royal Marines look for anything under 9.30m and also a 3 miler in under 24 minutes. They do seem to have alot more information that is easier to find across the internet. My actual run time for the 1.5 miler is 10.34 seconds and I have only started running within the past 2 weeks, my original time was 11.10. My first run was my first in around 5 years and I got alot of acheing muscles that night, but the ache's and pains have now gone and I can now run freely with no pains after stretching before hand and cooling down afterwards. Does anyone know how long it will take me to knocked 2 mins of the run?? I'm running every other day and have done for 2 weeks this is my 3rd week starting today. and I plan to continue the trend. Also any information on a diet would be great I been eating alot of chicken and beans and wholemeal bread as I was told do on the Royal Marines website by a potential marine is this correct??? Also have been drinking alot of pure orange juice eating apples and grapes at 100g a time, am I doing this correctly, please pick out my floors and correct them for me. I am also a heavy smoker and think this may be affecting my run speed, but can't be sure of it as my chest "does not" tighten up as when running as i thought is possibly would,l I smoke 10 a day without fail. Any information and help would be fantastic lads and thanks for reading.