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5. Be Consistent
The most important element of a successful training program is consistency. While your weekly volume of mileage will vary throughout the year, following a similar workout rhythm each week means you’re always just a few weeks away from being in good race shape.
“Everyone that sticks at it and believes in what they’re doing will improve,” Jones says. For his athletes, it’s rare for a week to go by without some sort of workout, even an easier, less intense one.
Training doesn’t always goes as planned, however, and occasionally life events can deter you from getting in your structured workouts or long runs. In these cases, shift the focus a bit and just run.