I've posted before about trying to increase my pace and distance very gradually, after feeling I increased too quickly before. Well - to update - I've run 3.5k for 7 runs, followed by a 3.0k run near my bf's flat, which is super hilly. Then I ran 3.8k for 3 runs, along my familiar (and flatter) canal routes, and really began to feel my pace improving. So this weekend I tried 4.2k at my bf's again, very much hampered by hills and therefore not a very good pace, but successfully covering more distance without becoming exhausted. Although most of it was hard going I managed a respectable pace for the last km and even sprinted at the end. Overall pace was naturally pretty slow at 10.22min/k! I'm sure a lot of you won't believe I ran at that pace, continuously, and did not walk any of it! But I'm confident I can improve my pace on a non-hilly route. So I'm off out now for a sunny late-afternoon run on my local, much flatter canal paths. I hope to be able to report back with a below 10min (or even below 9min?) pace - forthwith!