Running coaches. Who uses them? Are they expensive? Where do I find one? I’m gonna answer all these questions and more today.
There was a time when I thought the people who hired running coaches were either elite, BQ runners, or had a lot of money. Through the years, however, I’ve come to learn that a running coach is valuable to any runner, regardless of elite or recreational status. Additionally, I’ve learned that no, coaches aren’t for the rich and famous. Every day people can, and do, hire running coaches and reap big benefits from doing so.
Who uses a running coach? What are running coaches good for?
Lots of people use a running coach! Hiring a running coach is a good idea for many reasons, and can vary based upon your personal goals. A running coach can help you improve your performance. A running coach can help you determine your goals if you’ve been feeling lost in your running. A running coach can give you variety in your workouts if you’ve been feeling stale. A running coach can help you begin a training regimen, such as a couch-to-5K, or your first marathon.
Running coaches are great motivators and often times turn into great friends and confidants. The experience and engagement you receive when you hire a running coach is unparalleled.
Are running coaches expensive?
It depends on a few factors. 1. Are you elite? If so, you’ll probably need an elite-experienced coach. They tend to be the most expensive coaches out there. 2. Where do you live? Coaching programs range based on geographical location. 3. How experienced is your coach? If you’re looking to hire the best of the best, expect to pay a premium. If you’re happy to work with a newer coach, some fees may be lower.
Does a recreational runner like me need a coach?
Yes! I speak from personal experience when I say this — do not underestimate the value of a running coach! Since I’ve been working with my coach, my performances have improved for every race distance that I’ve tackled this season. It’s been a life-changing experience. It’s also nice to have someone to talk to about running and racing. My husband loves me, but I’m sure he’s bored to tears listening to me talk about running!
|Huge PR. Thanks to the direction from my coach!|
What about the coaching services offered by specialty running stores?
The coaching offered by specialty running shops can be amazing but can also be less-than-ideal. It really depends on the experience and professionalism of the coaches working for the program. It also depends on what kind of coaching you’re looking for. For example, most running store programs offer bi-weekly group runs. Those are amazing relationship-building opportunities, but they aren’t for everyone. If you’re more of a one-on-one or small group person, the coaching programs offered by running stores probably aren’t for you. The other thing about the running store coaching is that the training plans aren’t tailor-made for each runner. It’s usually a blanket plan written with distances, and usually not much else, which would make it hard for anyone except the beginner to train effectively and efficiently.
What about those blanket training plans you just mentioned?
Those are great for beginner runners. I’ve used them myself. They’re easy to read and understand, and easy to execute. But they’re also really easy to botch. For example, when one of those blanket training plans says “tempo run,” do you really know what that means? What pace would you run (and for how long) to achieve a tempo run? A lot of runners who have never used a coach don’t really know how to differentiate different types of running. To improve and get better, it’s best to use a coach to help you along the way.
Will a running coach help with nutrition and weight management?
It depends on the coach and their background. Be sure to ask!
How do I get started?
Easy — check out the RRCA website to find a running coach near you! If there’s not one listed there, you can seek out the experts at your local running store. They’ll likely know of a few reputable coaches in your area.
But wait — I’m a coach! (Here’s where the shameless self promotion begins…)
I would love the opportunity to work with you. I work with both in-person and virtual clients. You may be asking…
What can you offer me?
I write tailor-made plans for your experience level and running goals. I’ll also help you with strength training tips and tricks, and guide you through health and nutrition needs. (Please note: I’m not a nutritionist.)
I’ve been a certified running coach since March and I’ve had the privilege to work with some amazing runners. I feel very fortunate and I can say with certainty that I’ve learned a lot from them and they’ve learned a lot from me. It’s been an amazing experience.
Spring training season is just around the corner. I’m working with a few runners who have their sights set on both the marathon and half marathon distances. Some of my runners will receive individualized plans, and others have opted for a more general training plan. If you’re planning on a spring race and are interested in utilizing a coach to achieve your goals, I would love the opportunity to talk to you. Click here to contact me!
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