All running is training.
Easy running can also be recovery (once you get a little bit of fitness).
Just get the miles in consistently and you'll get at least 70% of the way there, and there is no reliable substitute for this. The workouts (races included) and long runs provide another ~20%, but only if you allow your body to absorb them properly and don't over-do them.
A quote from our friend and great coach, the late John Walsh: "Patience is not percieved as a 'sexy' attribute to have, but it beats boom-n'-bust every which way. Cultivate it in spades. You want to be like the big ol' tomcat not taking his eyes off the canary. Not smiling. Not blinking. Just waiting. And knowing that nothing can stop it from being his... and really soon too."
And finally another quote from our friend and great coach Tom Donnelly: "You can't wait until 15 minutes before a race and say, 'I'm gonna go out and be a hero today!' You have to be a hero every minute of every day."
Put in the work, and any one of you can be the hero.