What SemiLateral said that the Out PFA has a higher standard, but I misspoke when I said 10:30 and I apologize for that. I meant 11:30 which is Good Medium for 20-24, but even there I was wrong since Good Low is taken into consideration and that is what SemiLateral said (12 min).Wrote it for anyone that reads and thinks, "oh im just only gonna elliptical then". not critiquing your plan which was obviously not 100% elliptical.
Dude go look up the PFT requirements for NAVY for the standards on 1.5mi and everything else. No clue where you got your 10:30 from.
As for me, I'm an "old" man applying for the Reserve so things would be a bit different as I get more time. While I'm not too happy about DCOIC being what it is (2 weeks? Really?) and didn't find out it was for all Reserve officers (not just medical/legal) until I started the application process, I'm told there's one PFA, so it's do-or-die.
Also, I fully agree with you regarding elliptical. I think anyone who has ever done physical activity should have an idea that elliptical is not the same as running, and yes, shin splints are a major pain. The elliptical allows me to go all-out on cardio in a nice air conditioned room while sipping on a bit of water over the course of an hour. It's also been very nice for getting back into running and I'd highly suggest it as a very effective supplement for other folks who are getting back into running.
I will state clearly that nothing replaces running. To effectively get good at running, you need to run. If you can swim across the English Channel or complete 200K bike races, it's still not running. The movement and engagement are just a lot different and stress the body differently, which your body has to get accustomed to.