Create Your Running Schedule
A good training calendar puts around 70 to 80 percent of your miles at conversational pace. These are your long runs and your easy runs. The remaining 20 to 30 percent of your mileage should involve hills, speed intervals or repeats and form drills.
Schedule a tempo run every couple of weeks to measure your training progress. If your tempo per-mile pace isn't creeping downward, it's a sign that something is off in your training plan and you need to make adjustments.
Discipline Pays Off
Progress happens slowly, which is why it can be tough to stick to a balanced training plan. The instant gratification you get from junk runs at near race pace is appealing when compared to an interval workout that leaves you spent, or two hours of slogging at a snail's pace.
Yet, those are the runs that will teach your body how to be faster and stronger, setting you up for your best performance come race day.half-marathon racing tips and advice.