Hello, I am looking for some advice please. I have my PCCBC coming up at the end of july, and I did a practice PFT yesterday to check my progress on fitness. However- it was basically a thunderstorm outside, so I decided to go and do it at the gym (I know, soft right?). Press ups/sit ups fine, then went on the treadmill- I always set the treadmill to 2% incline because someone told me that makes it more like running on the road? Did my 800m warm up then stopped and started the treadmill up and ran until it showed 2.4km. Did it in 8 minutes 48 seconds. Now this includes the time for the treadmill to get up to the speed and incline I wanted it to so is a bit slower than it should be if it was just the 2.4km. I also maxed out the treadmill speed in the last 600m- could have run faster if the treadmill went faster. Basically I'm asking if this would correspond to anything like an 8.48 in real life conditions?? Because this would be a big step on in my training. I ran a 2.4km on a track 3 weeks ago, came in around 9.40 although I was nursing a leg injury and I was very dehyrdated. It was also my first practice PFT so I didn't really know what pace to set, I definitely went off much slower than I would normally! Clearly though if I now think "awesome, I'm an 8.48 runner" and then go off at that pace on the road and then blow out of my arrse half way that's not too practical. So - basic question is does the treadmill 1.5 mile run at 2% incline have any bearing whatsoever on a time run in the real world, or is it giving me a wildly optimistic assessment of my fitness?