I would say that for the majority of the duration of my runs, I run at a comfortable pace which I could hold a conversation at. Generally towards to the end I will push on and start to push myself (especially as I often have a target time in my head which I want to achieve - eg last time out I was looking to get under 30 mins for 5km and so pushed on after about 3km to see if I could do it).
I don't have any formal plan; I generally just go out and run as see how it goes, maybe with some intention of distance in the back of my mind.
I guess maybe it could be 'too much too soon' (17km over my first four runs in months and pushing myself each time), however I guess I do struggle not to push myself and I generally want to see what I can achieve if I try my hardest.
Maybe I should take a few days off and consider running at a comfortable pace all the way on my return?
Just an update on the knee problems I wrote about last year.
Basically, to recap, I came across aching knees after starting running last year (after only about 7 runs). I went to Sweatshop who said I overpronated and recommended some special shoes. I went away and bought these (online), and finally got back to running again last week.
The initial signs were good. I had my fourth run yesterday (5km) after also running 3km, 4 km and 5km over about 12 days, and today I'm experiencing the same aching of the insides of the knees. It would be pretty uncomfortable to go out and run right now.
I'm disappointed that the shoes I was recommended by Sweatshop didn't seem to have any effect (they tried to charge me £90 for these - I picked them up for about £40 elsewhere), and am not really sure where to go next except maybe a physio appointment which may not be anytime soon and could be expensive.
Starting to think maybe my knees are just not built for running? Especially if this is happening after only a handful of runs each time.
Bit of unfortunate news which maybe someone can help with...
After my 5km run yesterday, my knees seem to have the same pain I was encountering last year which caused me to stop running.
Bit of background on me - I started running from scratch last Autumn but after about 7 runs (all between 2.5km and 6km) I started getting an ache on the insides of my knees which caused discomfort when running (and even at rest). I went to a running store and was told I overpronate heavily (which I had already surmised from some research) and recommended some special shoes, which I bought.
Started running again last week hoping the problem would be gone, initial signs were good but after my fourth run, it seems to have returned. My runs so far since starting again have been 3km, 4km, 5km and 5km.
Where would you guys recommend I go from here? I've already been to the running store and bought what they recommended - it's starting to become an expensive pursuit considering how many runs I've actually managed and the cost incurred to now!