Excellent post D.P thank you. I'm not generally bothered about pace, i've never been a good runner and whilst i managed to increase distance in the past i rarely improved on my 8 and a half minute miles. It never bothered me. Think this just threw me a little as it's quite a lot slower and shows how out of practice i am. I am hoping i'll get back to around 9min/mile soon enough and i'll be happy at that point. I agree about laps being boring, when i first started i was restricted to a small track (7 laps/mile) for about 12 months and that was all i could run on (other than a treadmill). My best was 91 laps to give the equivalent of a half marathon. That was boring as hell! It was refreshing to start running outside but the hills did knacker me out. I think the issue i have at the moment is that being limited to a few miles means i have to think about the route so that i'm looping back at a decent point. I did find an excellent loop which worked out around 6 miles back when i was more capable so will be aiming for that again.