How to self-program a training routine? What types of runs and why?

I’ve been casually running for around a year now, leaving my house and going for a casual run anywhere from 4-6 miles and occasionally doing a weekend long run for 8-10 miles. Recently I have been wanting to get more serious about running, and I’m interested in joining cross country next year. I think I could improve greatly by incorporating actual workouts (tempos, fartleks, etc) into my running instead of just going out at a steady pace every day like I have been this past year. I've read some information about it on

Does anyone have some advice/tips on how to program a training routine for myself? What types of runs should I incorporate and why?
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