It’s time to take my training up a level! Why I chose to get a running coach.
Prior to having children I had run several marathons, the Nike Women’s Marathon, Several Vermont City Marathons, and the Marine Corps Marathon. I always thought about qualifying for Boston but never truly went for it with focused training. The qualifying times needed always seemed to far out of my reach. When I decided I was really going to go for it and to train to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2012, I decided it was time to find a coach. The Boston Marathon qualifying times had all been dropped by five minutes making qualification seem even further out of reach. Having used training plans that I found on a random site on the internet had gotten me started on my marathon journey but had me feeling like I could only race and train at one pace.
I wanted more!
Why should you get a running coach?
- The training plan will be designed specifically for you and your fitness level and schedule needs.
- A coach can change your training schedule at any time to accommodate for races, injuries and more.
- Many coaches will also provide you with nutritional advice which is a very important piece of every training cycle.
- You will have uphills and downhills in your training (pun intended) which you can discuss with your coach.
- Having a coach and a solid training plan will help keep you accountable along your journey to reaching your goal.
- Your coach will be your cheerleader. Everyone needs a cheerleader!
My Running (and Triathlon) Coach from The Sustainable Athlete
I had it easy when it came to picking my running coach because a great friend of mine, Doug Welling, from my days of rowing and coaching had started an Endurance Sports coaching business, The Sustainable Athlete. I contacted my friend Doug and he set me up with Denise Goode who has an extensive background in Nutrition, Nursing, Sports Medicine, and coaching as well as her own athletic achievements as a triathlete. In other words, she ROCKS! The Sustainable Athlete offers several different coaching packages depending on what your focus is–Play A Lot, Play Every Day, Play a Little. If you are lucky enough to live in Maine where they are based then you can train with the other Team Sustainable Athlete athletes! I wish I had access to this but the Virtual coaching is great. The Sustainable Athlete also offers a Training retreat once a year as well as access to bike fitting services, swim stroke analysis, run gait analysis, multi-sport biomechanics and fit analysis and nutrition coaching. The Sustainable Athlete uses Training Peaks to schedule training as well as a log of all training for the athlete which serves as a great communication tool back and forth between runner (or triathlete) and coach.
Online running coach services
After doing a little bit of research I have discovered some other great online running coaching resources that you might want to check out. Finding a running coach is a very personal thing as you will be working closely with this person with your training. There are definitely a lot of options out there including some larger companies as well as individuals who provide run coaching services through their blogs.
Here is a sample of a few other online running coach services:
- Runners Connect Online Running Coach
- Hanson’s Running coaching Services
- Run SMART project
- NYCRunningMama Coaching
- Coach Debbie Runs Coaching Services
- Racing It Off
*Disclaimer: I have not used any of the above coaching services other than The Sustainable Athlete so you will need to do your research to find the best coach for you.
Have you ever used an online running coach before? What qualities do you look for in a coach?
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