Agreed Peter - always been more than a few 'delicate petals' on here over the years
Doesn't excuse personal attacks, obviously, but some folk seem to take offence very easily...
Well, some people also seem to be very quick to start calling you names for no apparent reason or for very minor disagreements. It's tiresome and pretty cowardly; but instead of either putting up with it or giving it back, 'ignore' seems to me the least time-consuming path.
Jude, I think part of this depends on what exactly you're doing with your speedwork. For example, doing, say, one mile repeats with a short rest in between is very different from doing, say, 200m repeats. It's possible you're either doing too much or going too fast or both. Of course, you want to get some benefit from this, but not everyone benefits in the same way from the same things. Maybe you should have a chat with whoever takes the training about what you're trying to achieve, and also find some 5k training programmes on this site or on the net in general and find something you feel comfortable with (it IS possible to do speed work by yourself – I do it regularly – but of course in a group you might find the competition helps you to keep it up, fnar fnar). To give an example, I read a book recently that said if you don't want to do longer bits of speedwork, or can't keep up with the schedule, break it down into sets of shorter distances - so say you were supposed to do four miles at a certain pace, with, say 800m jogging or three minutes rest between each mile - you could instead do four sets of 400m, with three minutes rest between each set, but within the set, 30 seconds between each 400m. Of course, these aren't exactly the same thing, but you might find something like this helps you cope. Experiment and read around.
Warm up essential in park runs due to the time of day and as they at the end of a working week.
I reckon you can extend your usual warm up time, or even double it, as long as it's steady. Perhaps jog down to where it is - even if it's 3/4/5 miles away? I think many people are genuinely suprised what a proper warm up can do, as long as you finish it perhaps 30 mins before the start?
Just found out that Kitten Kat has been permanently banned. There's too much mud been flung round here and it needs to stop. C'mon guys, we're runners/ triathletes- we are better than 'normal' people
Mods; I'm asking you to un- block KK please. She's a great contributor to this forum. If there's a problem, send an email and sort it out. Don't just block her out. Threads like hers are necessary to provide variety to these forums.
I'm asking for some common sense here. Can you do that please?
Funny thing is, I've had more trouble with foul-mouthed/intransigent/personally insulting people on this site than on almost any other I've frequented. My tactic has simply been to 'ignore' them. Saves time.