I find multiple things help me process gradually - I joined a local running group that has regular group runs and activities, I sign up regularly for races of different distances, and I follow the training schedule guidance of the Hal Higdon guides online. Starting where you are I'd begin with aiming for a 5k race, and then another - try to beat your first time and get a PR (personal record). Then once you are comfortable with the 5k distance, try training for a 10k. Then 10 miler. Then half marathon. And so on. You may find that it's not distance you're interested in but speed - that's ok too! Speedwork can be a lot of fun, I personally just started to incorporate speedwork into my workouts and I've become so much faster. Overall I think the key to sticking with running and getting better is to get out there regularly, find friends and groups to run with, and set goals that are within each if you just push yourself a little harder.
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