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What is the Benefit of Having a Running Coach?

They say that when you have a goal, you should tell other people about it so that you can keep yourself accountable.  Here goes nothing.  I’ve set a date for myself to ensure that I get my official launch for my coaching business this fall. 

October 1st will be my official launch date! 

Stay posted, for the next 5 weeks, I’ll be sharing tips, hosting a giveaway, and introducing the clients that I have been working with over the last few weeks.  I am so proud of all of these ladies.  They have big goals, they are doing great things, and I can’t wait for you to meet them!

Today, I am going to share reasons why you can benefit from having a coach.

They will help you reach your goals

Almost every single runner that I have met has some sort of goal.  It may be a time goal, a distance goal, or a goal to transition from a walk/run program to straight running.  Every goal that you have no matter how small is an important goal.

First, a coach can help you decide on the right goal for you.  It’s great to have really ambitious goals but you may need to take a few training cycles to reach your ultimate goal.  Your coach can work with you to set up an incremental plan that will get you there strong and injury free.

Then, your coach will work on building an individualized plan to prepare you for your goal.  They can factor in workout preferences, cross-training activities, busy schedules and flexibility.  The workouts will be based on your experience level ensuring that they are challenging enough for every training level. 

They can help you with motivation

Sometimes the thrill of having a goal is enough motivation to get through a training cycle but other times it isn’t.  You may be scared of the difficulty of the training plan or you just simply may be afraid of failing.  I understand this because I never told anyone my races goals for years when I started.  I was always afraid that I wouldn’t be able to meet them come race day.

Your coach can help you with strategies to help you tackle the tough workouts.  They can help you trouble shoot and formulate a game plan if a workout is a flop.  We all know that it happens from time to time, right?  It’s about getting back out there for the next workout and giving it your all.  Finally, they can help you keep focus on your long term vision.  If you are working on a goal so big that it will take 3-4 training cycles to accomplish, it can be easy to lose focus when you don’t see progress as quickly as you expected.  It will take weeks and your coach can help you see the very small wins that will keep you going until you see a big win.

They can fix your form and increase your efficiency

If you are working with a local coach or one that is experienced with analyzing videos, they can also assist you with form fixes.  Personally, I think that this works best when you are local and the coach can watch you running.  They can give you real time cues to help you first identify what isn’t working and then change that motion to proper form.  You can’t (and shouldn’t) change your form overnight.  It will take time and energy to focus on engraining these changes to become natural.  You want to make these changes slowly because you will either be changing the muscles that you are using for power or using them in a different way. If you overstress these muscles and they are not ready for the increased load, this is a quick way to end up injured.

My other best tip in regards to form changes is to make them in the off-season/base building phase.  Since your body has adapted to your running form over time, your neuromuscular system has made that running pattern as economical as possible for you.  As you make these changes, you will temporarily experience a decrease in speed while your body is adapting before you reach a higher level of efficiency.

They can add variety in to your training plan

Because no one wants to run the same workouts every week, right?  You coach can help you mix things up to keep the workouts interesting and keep you engaged in your training.  This is one of my favorite things to do.  I love to use creativity and combine workouts to train multiple aspects in one workout.

They will give you a road map

Did you know there are different phases in a training plan?  If you have enough time before you start your official training, your coach can plan a base training phase for you.  This will ensure that you are ready to hit the ground running when the harder workouts come later in the plan.  As you move through the phases of your training plan, the workouts will become more challenging and more race specific.  After the race, your coach can give you a recovery road map as well.  It is so important after a race to rest and recover properly before going back in to a training cycle so that your body can repair itself and you can reach better results in the next cycle.

Countdown to the launch

In the month of September, I’ll be celebrating as I prepare to launch my business.  Here’s what you have to look forward to:

Tip Tuesdays:  Every Tuesday on my Instagram page, I’ll share one of my top running tips

Thursdays on the blog:  Will be dedicated to introducing my current athletes

Giveaway: Be sure to check back on September 15th.  I’m going to launch a giveaway that will take place between 9/15 through 10/1.

 

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2 Comments

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    Jennifer @ Dashing in Style
    September 4, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Very exciting! The one time I worked with a coach (a Hansons coach) was my best training cycle ever. What I loved most about it was that she really built up my confidence, which I struggle to do on my own. If I work with a coach again, I will definitely consider you! Would you consider adding as a service pacing a race for someone (like a personal pacer)?

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    Sara
    September 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I love watching people progress through the training plan from not knowing if they can do it to seeing that they are doing it. That’s actually a really good idea that I will have to consider!

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