I started running March 17 and went from +40 minute 5k to 21:29 5k by December 17. I also got my Half marathon time down to 1hr 43 despite hating the distance!
I thought I would easily be able to go sub 1:40 this year in a half and at least sub 21:00 for 5k but i have made absolutely no improvements this year! It doesn't seem to matter whether i take a break, train harder or train easier/slower... nothing is changing when it comes to race day!
Surely in only my second year I should still be improving?
Although i wouldn't stop running I'm not entering many races anymore as there seems little point when i cant beat my times from 8 months ago already!
I know without knowing me advice would be difficult to give so i wondered what I should be expecting from my second year compared with the huge improvements in the first from your own experiences, and any changes you have made to improve