As a runner turned triathlete, I learned a few things to help me stay healthy and running. Namely, preventative exercises that help to maintain good form and function. As always, consistency, in anything, is the key.
Whatever distance you are training for it’s good to have a coach or a training plan. A good coach will review your training plan regularly and give advice about adjustments when as necessary. Whether you’re training with someone or alone there are a few things to keep in mind.
Keep a log and keep it simple to view cumulative data liker weekly mileage or changes in pace so you can see anything might indicate overtraining. Data that should be included is, distances or exercise duration, intensity or perceived effort, injury, fatigue level, sleep duration, and motivation. How did you feel? Review data weekly or monthly to see if training volume needs to be adjusted.
Warm up! Regardless of the length of the run. It is better to do a good warm up routine with great form and a shorter workout than skipping the warm up and going into a hard workout and potentially getting injured.