I completed my graduation in May and have run regularly (2-3 times a week). My best was a 5K at 34:30 (little less than 7 mins / km). Having run 5 kms fairly regularly, I thought I should try and go towards 10K. But I found that it was very difficult for me to increase my run distance beyond 5K. My best run was 5.9 kms, but I felt exhausted after the run.
Someone suggested that I mix up slow / fast runs, to help me increase my run distance. It was a "light bulb" moment for me - I realized that I must slow down to increase the distance. Since I use Runkeeper to track my runs, I picked up the Training plan - "Sub 65 min 10K" from Runkeeper, which has a good mix of different types of run.
Enough of my ranting. Now to the question. I somehow think that this "Conversational pace" is a joke on me! I think I will not be able to maintain a conversion the moment I go from my walk to a jog. My "easy" runs (during the first week of the Training plan) have been at a pace of around 8 mins 30 secs per km, while my best for a 5 km distance was a pace of 6 mins 55 secs.
Should I try running slower than this for Easy runs? Or should I continue and hope to maintain a conversation while running slow, some day in the future