I just wanted to encourage those who are overwhelmed by the thought of improving their running time. My son has NEVER been a runner, HATED running,... Last summer at boy scout camp, he worked on the physical fitness merit badge so he had to run a mile and his time was HORRIBLE...almost 17 minutes! He came home determined to improve. He started a workout schedule. Yesterday, he ran a mile in 7:05. Today, he ran 2 miles in 14:35. He now sees how possible it is to improve, and he is motivated to get that time down! Don't despair! Just get out there and DO IT!