Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:29
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.