I only started running properly last year at 49 1/2, as my body started to crumble from too many years of Rugby, and then heavy weights - I thought I'd try something different. I have no natural speed in my body so picked this 8 week plan as it seemed to concentrate on that.
Hi, I'm 51 and 18 st ( I am also 6'5" and built, so I'm not really a chubber ). I run a bit, 3 times a week 8 - 15 km at a time, but not too fast. Last year I trained up a bit, trying hard to get under 50 mins the month I turned 50 in a 10k ( I was annoyed as I did it in 50 mins 31 secs ).
After a few months over Christmas not running at all I started back, and then 8 weeks out from my now annual 10 km arace I started an 8 week program of around 30 - 40km per week. I'm hoping to do around 55mins this year as I'm a bit heavier ( I starved myself last year ) and started serious training a month or so later.
The problem is this, on upping my training now to 5 times a week, some days I have a great day, I could run and run, and then the next I pack in as I either can't keep the tempo pace for more than a couple of km's, or I'm just knackered. A day off and I'm back running fine.
Is it just my age that is causing me to need more and longer recovery, perhaps 5 times a week is too much ( it wasn't last year ). The program I'm using has much more speed work than long runs, which is how I ran last year, should I go back to longer slower runs and just hope for some speed on the day?