Soup dragon do you have a heart rate monitor? I found running in z2 to be very useful at getting my body to be more efficient and to help me run faster
I have been running since 2013 - when I started MC can tell you I ran from lamppost to lamppost then walked a bit etc everyone has to start somewhere - I am still not the fastest runner and I won't ever be but like the meme says marathons and other events business in the front - party out the back
I mostly do triathlons but tried to spend this year doing just running - more or less successfully on trail rather than road - 10k, 25k and a marathon - I started 3 marathons this year (one as part of a relay team but got pulled due to hypothermia, and one at the beginning of October but managed to hurt myself - so 2 DNFs but I tried - I managed 32k in one and 30k in the other, sometimes it doesn't always go to plan!).
I think the biggest thing when you are starting out running or anything for that matter is just to try and if you fall down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep on going. It's a process - there are very few people who are instantaneously gifted fast runners.
Me I am just happy there is a husband and good friends who force me to eat the chips and the cake at the end of the races
Well done on getting back MC! This week has been pants for training - been sick and rather low on the energy. But put my big girl pants on and made husband take me out for a walk at his speed - altho' tbf he said it was his ambling speed (6kph) so 26k in the bank. I need to get faster at walking!