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Take A Seasonal Approach
There is no need to train at peak levels year-round. You can have great success as a runner by training hard for six months each year (mid-spring to mid-autumn) and doing low-key maintenance training the rest of the year. In the offseason you can devote the time that is freed up by your reduced training load to other priorities that are neglected somewhat during the other half of the year.
By the same token, devoting extra time to these other priorities during the offseason will enable you to put training first without guilt or consequence in the warmer months.