I'm in a bit of a grumpy mood today so forgive the uncharacteristic pessimism....but I'm not getting any faster! I've been training hard for 9 weeks now. Two weeks (mid-way through) were rubbish due to sickness, but the other seven have been solid. I've upped my mileage by roughly 10 miles/week over this period so my recent four week's miles have been 35 instead of 25 miles. That's a lot for me. I've done hill repeats every week, I've done intervals every week (by effort, rather than pace because it's hilly here). Today I went out for an easy 3 and I managed 10 minute miles which is exactly what i was doing before I started putting this work in. Am I fooling myself that I'll get any faster? I'm 43, hardly a spring chicken any more. Is there a point in the training cycle where those heavy legs disappear and things start to feel comfortable and fast? Because I'm not hitting it yet.