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SleepyFox
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I recently joined the military and I have some time to go until I have to go to RTC. The thing is that I have to be able to run pretty well. I went running on Wednesday, and I ran 3/4 of a mile in about 7'30" (surprising since I didn't think I was in any type of shape because that I couldn't even run a quarter mile nonstop as a freshmen four years back). After that 3/4 of a mile, I started to feel extremely light head. My body wasn't fatigued, but my head was under so much pressure along with my burning lungs. I have to be able to run 1.5 miles in under 13 minutes. What's the best way to build cardio endurance?

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LittleMissSunshine
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The best way to build up your endurance, and reach your goal is just to slowly increase the distance or amount of time you run.

For example, start with a half mile, and run a few times a week. As a half mile starts to feel more "do-able" and you don't feel like death afterwards (haha), increase your distance, or try and decrease your time with the current distance.

Don't expect your cardiovascular endurance to increase overnight. It may take a few weeks of running consistently to see an improvement in your endurance. Another note, make sure you're well hydrated and nourished, and listen to your body. Feeling like you're going to pass out isn't good, and is a pretty good indicator that you maybe need to start off at a more leisurely pace.

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SleepyFox
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I realize that while I run, I'm pretty much ok. But when I stop, that's when all the problems begin. I guess once I break my rhythm everything sucks.

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Also, are you cooling down, SleepyFox, or just going full-stop? You might be able to cut back on some of the dizziness and pain if you cut back on run time just a bit and gradually, over a few minutes, reduce your pace to a brisk walk.
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SleepyFox
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I do cool down

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dailicious
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It might not be a bad idea to check with your doctor, actually, especially if you are taking steps to avoid the effects you're feeling (cooling down/staying well hydrated/pacing yourself/etc.) it may be good to rule out anything else physically that may be holding it back (even something as simple as a small nutrient deficiency).

Until then, I'd encourage the advice LittleMissSunshine gave you before - even if you're feeling alright while you're running, pacing yourself a bit more during may help lessen some of the problems you're feeling after.

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