I am physically training myself to have an edge before the WCT. I have been doing the walk test without a pack trying to better my time I started At 16:30 (mins)a mile and am now down to 13:50.walking. I been running for a few days but only recently been able to run 1 mile without walk breaks. I have pain in my legs which is pretty significant but subsides after a hot bath or a day of rest. Is this shin splints and does it go away? Or is it something that should worry me should I run every other day any tips? Also if you could share your average time a mile walking or running i am interested in comparing thx
In regards to getting in shape, check out the CIFFC site ( http://www.wfx-fit.ca/ ) or any of the provincial fire agency sites for test info and training regimes (ie, http://bcwildfire.ca/employment/firefig ... rogram.pdf ).
Shin splints (MTSS) is a product of uneven muscle support, try balancing your training with some bosu ball work, proper squats and swimming.
Sorry if the above mentioned points are out of left field, i'm still a little confused what test you're training for by just walking a mile? One other thing to consider is that they 14.30 time limit for the CIFFC standard is only the provincial standard in BC and Alberta, as well as the inter-provincial cap. Agencies in the east have substantially lower expectations regarding fitness (not a slight to those agencies at all- different ground, different workplace culture, etc.)
To reiterate what was mentioned above, as long as you're at a moderate level of fitness you'll do just fine.
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