I'm 28 and 10 year sufferer of chronic fatigue syndrome. I'm fortunate that my condition isn't as life-destroying as others have endured. I would say I am 90% with my main issue being recovery after hard effort.
My aim is really to run a 5k as fast as possible. It's my favourite distance and also helps there are weekly races (park-run) to test myself.
I've started running regularly for a month now and following this plan (no reason, just picking one and trying it) http://www.runbritain.com/training/runfaster/six-week-schedule-to-run-5k-in-under-18-minutes
I have got to admit I have found it quite tough, I remember doing the 12x400m day and being so tired that my 400m times were no better than my 5k split times! I also had a similar issue on a 75m LSR day where I couldn't go much faster 6m35 p/km. That's CFS for you - brutal sometimes!
Anyway after four weeks, my 5k time has gone from 22m30 to 21m.45, so there has been improvement, albeit small. I'm still expecting bigger improvements though considering my age.
I just wonder if anyone has advice on how to better tailor my training? More miles and less hard runs, or hard runs and more rest? Or simply stick with it?
Thanks for your advice in advance