I've been running for over 5 years and have progressively gotten faster. Simply running more (as well as losing weight) is what has helped me get faster.
As a beginner your focus should be to slowly increase distance. Speed will come as your endurance will improve. For right now don't worry about how fast or slow you are running, just focus on getting out there and getting the miles in.
As you gain more experience you can start to add in tempo runs and speedwork. Last summer I did speedork for the first time with a running coach and I felt it helped me a lot. It really allowed me to see how far I could push myself in a controlled environment.
When I first started running I was averaging around a 11:30-12:00 pace. I now average about 9:00-10:00 pace (depending on distance).
| Pounds lost: 23.0