No matter whether you are training to run your first mile, your first race, or you are working toward greater endurance and speed, you will experience much greater success if you follow a well thought out, logical, running schedule, one that is built around accepted and proven running training principles.
Many beginners think for a long while, the most important thing is that they just need to run as much as possible. That really is a bad idea. It will actually impede progress because this would lead to a state of overtraining very quickly. That may seem odd that a beginner would easily become overtrained, but in fact, it’s at least as easy and frequent with beginner runners. It’s completely logical, when you think about it, because beginners are much less fit. As a result, they can get over zealous. A running schedule, prepared by a qualified running coach, will provide the guidance needed to keep the runner on the right track and working at a healthy progression toward their goal.