I'm currently following a SmartCoach training plan in preparation for my first 10K next month (first race ever) before moving on to half marathon training for the Great North Run. According to the plan, my long runs and recovery runs should be done at a 10:27 pace. This feels unbearably slow to me and physically quite difficult to achieve. The only way I can slow myself down to that pace is by considerably shortening my stride. A 9:50-10:00 pace feels much more comfortable. My tempo runs should be 9:03 pace but again feel more comfortable a bit faster at 8:45 ish.
Should I just aim for whatever feels right or make more of an effort to slow the pace? Probably a stupid question, but I don't want to overdo it too much! Any advice appreciated!