I started running for the first time since high school back in March. Since I started up again I’m now running around 5 miles per day, every other day. I’m feeling better and I’ve been adding days to my schedule now that I can comfortably run 5 miles non-stop (no walking). That said, I’ve reached a plateau and I’m not sure how to get past it.
I seem to be stuck averaging a 10 minute mile pace. I’ve tried doing intervals where I’ll run faster, then go back to a “normal” pace, then faster, etc. but by the end of the workout, my average is still around 10 minutes per mile. Looking at my splits shows that while I may be running around an 8 minute mile pace during my “faster” periods, my “normal” pace is actually slower than I usually run.
My knee pain finally seems to be under control (it’s not completely gone yet) and adding more days to my calendar is working just fine, but I’d really like to get faster. Once I can increase my pace then I’ll look at increasing my distance, but this is bugging me. What suggestions do you have?