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Megan Lizotte June 12, 2012 TWEET COMMENTS 1

Developing a Training Plan Part III: Consistency

“Practice makes perfect” goes the old adage. If you want to be good at something, you have to commit your time and energy to it in order to adapt and thus experience improvement.

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The key elements of a successful training plan are just like the corner pieces of a jigsaw puzzle—find them and it’s easier to fill in the rest.

Through my experiences as a running coach and elite runner, I’ve identified four training “corner pieces” that will help you to develop reliable and predictable performances: simulation, effort, consistency and lifestyle. Last month, I discussed effort (you can read that post here); this month’s segment is consistency.

As I have said before, the corner pieces are not groundbreaking findings; they are simply tried-and-true training techniques that, when interlocked, will help you achieve running success.

The Third Corner Piece: Consistency
“Practice makes perfect” goes the old adage. If you want to be good at something, you have to commit your time and energy to it in order to adapt and thus experience improvement. Apply the adage to running. As simple as this premise sounds, many aspiring—and even veteran runners—struggle to implement the necessary efforts to fully allow this principle to unfold. If you want to become a better runner, it’s not enough to just run, your training plan must also be consistent in both volume and intensity.



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