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Hi, first time poster, so please be patient
i've been running for about a year. only very recently with any dedication or routine. i started from a pretty poor fitness base, and have got noticably fitter in the last few months, but not much faster.
initially i could not complete 5k without having to slow to a brisk walk. my breathing has improved and i can cover ~10 miles in about 1:30:00 without stopping, and my 5k and 10k paces are slowly improving, but I'm not really pushing myself, so I feel like now I can start to test my speed.
i am wondering how other runners know when they've reached a plataeu with their speed over a certain distance? my 5k PB is about 25min, but i've done little specific speedwork, so could probably shave some time off, but i've no idea how much. I know i'll find out eventually if i just keep pushing myself harder on the fast runs, but i'm just curious what other people found when they'd started running? does your pace over a certain distance get much better as you train more, or do you reach your own level pretty early on, and only make minor gains thereafter?
Thanks for any advice/opinions