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I have been running for more than 2 yrs now. Started running to help lose weight and quickly caught the bug for more.
I have never been fast, I wasn't able to build on any running experience from my youth, but with about 16 months under my belt (and 75 lbs lighter) I was able to post a few sub 24 minute 5k's. I have been training for my first marathon and I am currently 10 weeks through a 20 week training program.
My problem is a lack of speed. It seems that once my mileage increased to more than 25 - 30 miles a week I just lost all ability to run 8-9 minute miles. The best I have been able to accomplish is 10-11 minute miles. What gives? I don't feel tired or even really that sore, but it is like a switch was turned off in my running. I don't expect my quicker mile times on long runs, but a short mid-week run of 4 miles should be at my normal pace.
I know that my times will be considered pedestrian by many readers on this site, but considering I was a 275 lbs smoker, I am pretty happy with even being able to run. But it is still frustrating to post times that I was accomplishing a year ago. Any thoughts?
I was wanting to hear from anyone who may have/had the similiar delimma of loss of speed.