I'm totally lost
I would have thought having to neglect the housework was a positive not a negative.
When work has been really busy I have had quite reasonable success from doing a long run on Saturday another long run on Sunday and then just one or two shorter runs during the week.
Obviously that is always going to be a compromise though.
Hopefully you will get some better advice in a minute!
Sorry that you're finding it so hard at the moment, hope it will improve, I'm sure it will.
The first thing that struck me is that you should try to find a plan that fits with your (limited) time as that way I think that it would be more balanced and also take a bit of pressure off you if you're down to do one type of run but can't because home / work / personal life gets in the way.
I was going to suggest that you look at Shades plans and thread, as mentioned by Princess Leah as that might suit you.
It's difficult to assess what's not going right, but it could be that you're overthinking it all, possibly trying too hard.
I do HR training, which does allow for speed / tempo sessions, but focusses more at running at lower HR, hence lower pace. It suits me and I do better than when I'm following a pace-based plan, but that might also be an age thing! A lot of people think that it's about wasted mileage, but it might be worth having a look to see if it's something that you could follow now, to keep training going for the maras you've mentioned, but because it's such a different approach from the one you've been following, might be enough to "break the cycle".
Shades Marathon Training
I think that it's based on doing 3 runs a week, with possibly a fourth if you have the time, so it may suit your commitments.
I'm following a HH plan at the moment as I'll have the time for all the runs it requires. Next autumn, however, I think that I may have less time to run, in which case, I think that it would be helpful for me to join the thread.
Hope it's useful.
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