My improvement is irritatingly small but, for the record:
First race - 2006 - 45:56
PB - 2009 - 44:40
An improvement of 1 minute and 16 seconds!
My half time has improved a bit more though and it was the same race so it's a bone fide improvement rather than the PB being on an easier course or something:
First race - 2008 - 1:44:52
PB - 2010 - 1:40:58
Of course, I've have improved massively from when I started running and couldn't manage to the end of my road without having to stop. I didn't get round to doing a proper race until I had already been running consistantly for about a year though, so I don't have an beginners time to compare to.
I agree that it's better to turn off auto pause when doing a race but I find it very useful in training.
I tend to try and avoid suburban roads and pavements and run on trails, footpaths, fields etc. but often on my routes I need to cross over fast country roads. Depending on the time of day and traffic I can be waiting for a couple of minutes, a few seconds, or sometimes get straight over without breaking stride.
If my Garmin didn't auto pause during the longer stops it would obviously make that run look a lot slower than it actually was.
Just on the wear of the Lunar Glides - I know a few have issues with them, but mine have racked up over 750+ miles now and are still ok. Only issue I have with them is stones getting stuck in the groove on the bottom. Drives me crackers that!
Exactly the same here!
I'm now up to 1400K on mine and they still look ok to me (although the orange part is still far to bright! )
I probably should get some new ones but I can't bring myself to part with the cash seeing as they are still doing the job.
Stones getting stuck in that groove and scraping loudly as you run is a right pain in the ass though. If I ever get a bit of flint stuck in there I'm going to be starting fires all over the place.