Ask elite runners for the number one "secret" of their success and the most common response is one word: consistency. "Consistent training promotes the physiological changes which are necessary for better performance, while inconsistent training stresses the body and can lead to injury," says Robert Martin, a San Diego running coach and personal trainer.
This explains why former marathon runners who have accomplished great things in the past cannot keep pace with their old times without a consistent plan and schedule.
|Even Barbie keeps to a schedule|
My tips: train with a friend, set both short term and long term goals, and sign up for a race. Training without a plan is a recipe for failure. Like Chris McCormack always says, "A dream is a goal with a plan!"