As the title suggests, I can't seem to move forward with my speed. I'm actually feeling quite down about it now, and it's taking the enjoyment out of my runs. I run often with my lovely mate who's an ex-elite runner, and I ran with her tonight-she's great but I feel so bad that I hold her up so much and never improve. I don't want to be *really* fast, like quite a lot of you. I just want to actually progress, which I don't seem to have done for the last year. I've got a 10k next week, my PB is 1.01 and I want sub- one hour- which seemed very reasonable.. but I just can't get there :0( I'm very fixed on a HM I'm doing in October- and I want to aim to do it in just over 2 hours (PB 2.11)... ATM it just seems impossible. I'm stuck in a 10 minute mile rut :0(
I'm running 4 times a week- 3 runs at anything between 3.5 to 5 miles, then a longer run on a Saturday of between 8 or 10 miles. All of those runs are stuck in a 10 minute mile rut....pretty much bang-on... NO progress. Oh and I do wonder if the fact I've put on a few pounds is a factor-- I am still probably within healthy BMI (don't have scales but am just about a size 10) but would feel more comfortable if I lost maybe half a stone to be a "better" size 10... is this a factor?
Any tips very welcome, TIA