I haven't noticed my times getting faster, or the distances feeling easier, but I think I am getting better at this running lark.
What makes me think that? I'm recovering more quickly after a run.
Don't get me wrong - I still arrive back at the house beetroot red, gasping for breath and sweating so much I leave a trail of slime across the kitchen floor, but these days it's only a couple of minutes before I'm feeling normal again. When I started out I had to sit down for five to ten minutes with a large glass of iced water before I could get my breath back and hobble into another room. My legs generally ached for several hours afterwards, and I stayed a fetching crimson colour for at least an hour.
Today I ran 3.75km, grabbed a quick drink and headed back out again to pick up my daughter. I felt pretty much normal just two minutes after finishing my run, and my legs no longer hurt after running.
It may not be slashing minutes off my time, but 'll take every sign of improvement I can get.
Just for the fun of it, here's how I look immediately before and immediately after a run. (Not pretty. Sorry.)