Seems like every time I turn around, more of us are starting the Bridge-to-10K plan! Last time I checked, there were half a dozen of us (mostly October 2012 grads) starting around the new year... and more have joined since then!
That's excellent! I really loved the community mutual support during Couch-to-5K, and I was afraid it would be lacking for this next adventure in running. So glad to have been proven wrong!
Tonight, I did the second run of Week 2 -- again, three 15 minute runs with two 1 minute walking intervals to break them up. A lot of us have been saying that the 1 minute walks feel faster than they did in Couch-to-5K. I decided to check up on that... and it turns out that this is because there are no 1 minute walks in Couch-to-5K! The shortest walking break is 90 seconds, and some are as long as 5 minutes! No wonder these breaks feel shorter -- it's because they are!
Like last time, I compiled the stats for the three running segments. They are remarkable similar to Week 2 Run 1 -- I guess I am nothing if not consistent! Here they are:
Run 1: 2.54 km in 15 minutes (last time was 2.51 km)
Run 2: 2.60 km in 15 minutes (last time was 2.53 km)
Run 3: 2.52 km in 15 minutes (last time was 2.60 km)
Adding up the three runs, I get a total of 7.66 km in 45 minutes of running. A marginal improvement over w2r1, where I covered 7.64 km. Even so, the average speed rounds to the same value: 10.2 km/hour.
For those who prefer to view speed in other units, that translates to an average speed of 6.4 mph. Even running in a 20mph zone, I don't have to worry about being stopped for speeding!
Using other measures still, this is an average of 9:24 per mile... or 5:52 per kilometer. Not particularly fast, but not too pokey, either! This part of the training is about distance, not speed -- something that Laura used to remind us about frequently (and Samantha never mentions). I'm trying to keep that in mind but, even so, I'd like to stay above 10.0 km/hour if I can. This way, I'll naturally be at a 10K run when I reach the 60 minute mark in Week 6. So far, so good!
Five runs down -- thirteen to go! Yet it seems like I just started Bridge-to-10K running last week! Oh, right, that's because I did. Wow, this plan flies by so quickly!
Next -- and last -- Week 2 run coming up on Saturday. Till then, have fun... and keep on running!