Hey @wissox To get to a faster per mile average, you might try alternating running/walking a day or two a week – run one mile at your target pace then walk a half/quarter mile then run another fast mile etc. to get used to what a 8 or 9 minute pace feels like.
I run about 25 miles a week… 3.5 per day, plus one longer run of 5 or 6 miles. Total amateur. Been doing that pretty steadily for the past 25 years trying to lose 15 pounds. Thanks to my deep passionate love of craft beer, I haven’t lost the 15 pounds yet, but I haven’t gained any either. LOL. My pace is about 8:30/mile these days. I’m 52. Not training for anything other than an occasional charity 5K. I sit at a computer all day and just feel better after a run and some fresh air.
I started using Runkeeper on my phone a few months ago, and I can see how those things can kind of make you compete against yourself a bit.
Get good shoes but don’t keep wearing them once they’re shot or your old joints will regret it!