Got a question for you joggers or runners out there. How do I increase my running distance and improve my time? I know it sounds easy......."just run often and you'll naturally get better." But that doesn't appear to be the case. I have run the same route for a while now. Last year, I ran this route as well. I have always run it in around 30 minutes, but now I'm thinking that this is very slow for such a short distance. I used my car yesterday to get a somewhat accurate read on the distance I jog, and its only around 5 km. I used to guesstimate that it was around 6 km, so 5 km in 28 minutes (I timed myself yesterday as well) 1 km in 5.6 minutes, isn't good. I think good joggers aim for 1 km in 4 minutes. Why am I still doing this distance so slowly? That's 3.1 miles in 28 minutes, or 9 minutes to jog 1 mile. When I first started, I thought that I would run this route, and when it got easy and routine, and my time improved, that I would move on to further distances. I haven't improved, and this 5 km run always feels difficult no matter how often I do it. What should I do? Should I try for longer routes anyway? Should I stop working out (lifting weights and such)?? Should I change routes completely?