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2. Be More Consistent.
Consistency is key to success in running. Fitness is built gradually over a long period of time. By training consistently year-round you will start each year at a higher base fitness level than the year before and be able to build on your gains of the past year. Too many runners allow themselves to fall out of shape at one or more times in the year, and as a result they spend most of each year just trying to get back where they were at the peak of the previous year.
A little time off is a good thing, and you certainly can’t train at peak levels year-round. But what you want to avoid is taking more than the minimum amount of time off to stay mentally and physically fresh. Instead, continue to do a little running or alternative training most days even during periods when you are not actively training for an important event.