I realize that the title might be misleading, I'm really more of a jogger. I am approaching the one year anniversary since starting the couch to 5K program. So I decided to push myself a little and began the bridge to 10k program. As I have said, I'm a bit slow. My average speed is about 8 minutes and 46 seconds per km (or 14 minutes and 6 seconds per mile). I can run a 5K in about 45 minutes (maybe less), but I have never run a 5K in under 40 minutes. Today's run in the program was supposed to be a 30 minute steady run, but as we've already discussed my running speed is more of a jog. Therefore, I decided to try to push my speed for the first 800 m or so. For the first 800 m (0.5 mile), my average speed was around 7 minutes per km (11 minutes 30 seconds per mile). Then I had to slow down and I also walked about 5 minutes of the remaining run. Despite the walking, my overall average speed for this run was 8 minutes and 18 seconds per km (13 minutes 22 seconds per mile), a speed that was about 28 seconds off my usual average speed for the distance that I ran. I covered a total of 3.62 km (2.25 miles). I guess it isn't too bad for a starting point. I am pleasantly tired now. My next goal is 2-pronged: I want to extend the distance that I can run at that faster pace, and I don't want to walk any portion at all. I will keep trying to extend the amount of time I run faster and we'll see what happens then! Here we go again. Woo hoo!