I just got back from getting to go on another long run today! I remember to cherish every day and the opportunity for running to be a part of my life. My point is that running is something we get to do, and we should be thankful for it!
For those looking to get better, it's important to take the opportunities when you have them, and make running a part of your daily schedule! I often hear of guys saying they don't have time to run, but I think this is a lazy way out of trying to become better. It also says that it doesn't mean much to you if it's not important enough to do. Going way back, I can remember running every day by myself going into my sophomore year. Raining, hot, cold it didn't matter I got out every day. If I was on vacation, I ran. I have run in Germany, Austria, Japan, England, and Ireland. Anywhere you go, you can run. You just have to decide if it's important enough for you to do it.
The result of my training that summer going into sophomore year was going from an 18:55 5k my freshman year to 17:00 my sophomore year. I never regret any run I have gone on!
A great reference to becoming better is 'pounding the stone'. If you take a hammer to a stone, it may take 100 times to finally break the stone in to pieces. But it wasn't just the 100th hit that made the stone break, rather it was the accumulation of all the hits before that. Consistency in what we have the opportunity to do is what will lead to improvements and big performances.
The next time you think it won't matter to skip a day or a week, think again. Every run you go on matters, and the more you can make it a part of your daily schedule, no matter your circumstance, the better chance you will have at achieving your goals.
The best part is that consistency takes no talent at all. It only takes discipline and accountability by you.