Every time I take a strengths and skills test, “teacher” comes back as a result.
Which makes complete sense, it’s part of why I love this blog!
I get to dig in to new topics, do research and then hopefully spit it back out as ACTIONABLE information to make your running more fun or injury free or faster or farther or you know more uphill.
I’m like Google for running…just not as fast or with daily fun graphics to celebrate every holiday.Coaching is just a more personalized version of what you see here!
I’ve cut back on the number of people I coach, but I still love it whether it’s a repeater or someone brand new. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things which we coaches don’t spend time pulling out hair out over. Mostly because our job is to get you results, but we need you to be on board.
You want a plan because you know you need one…then you proceed to hop around in classes or change days or switch up the routine. Funny story, a plan works because you allow it to build each day and week on the results of the previous week.
It’s hard to know if you’re progressing correctly when things are being done willy nilly.
We understand moving days around because life happens, but if we write a half marathon training plan that includes 2 days a week of full body strength training with the Beach Body program you swore you LOVED and then you end up doing a cycling class and yoga class, your runs need to change.
Feel like strength training just isn’t that important? So you skip it even though you probably had a very detailed conversation about why it’s so much more than just a cross training tool, it really will help you reach that next level of speed and keep you running injury free.
Work got busy, so you skipped your Tuesday run. You had a dinner, so you skipped your Wednesday run. You take it upon yourself to then just make the Thursday run exceptionally long.
Please don’t ask us to make you a plan if you don’t want to follow it. It doesn’t hurt our feelings, but we know you’re heading down a slippery slope to injury.
When I returned to strength training, I had to go back to basics. I wanted to dive in to learning pull ups, but needed to do bird dogs, lunges and other basic stabilizing moves to ensure I wouldn’t injure myself.
Running plans are no different.
We don’t start you out with 8 x400 meters on the track because we want to get your body built up to handle more intense workouts. Trust that those weeks of easy runs have a very good purpose.
Everyone Can Use a Run Coach
Think coaches are just for the elites like Shalane and Kara?
Think again! They’re perfect for those who find themselves continually injured, those trying to shave time off a favorite race distance and those attempting a new distance. Basically any runner with a goal and drive to make it happen that needs just a little more guidance or accountability is going to love the results.
But Not Everyone Should Have a Run Coach
Just because everyone can have a coach doesn’t mean they should!
I’m a prime example of this! While I needed a coach to improve my strength training program and provide accountability because I just don’t love it, a running coach is a no go. Over 16 years, I’ve learned how to read my body, how to adjust my training plans day by day to have the most effective workouts for me.
There are TONS of running coaches with their own coaches, so it’s not that. It’s that a coach makes it feel like a job and while I talk about running for a living, the actual run is just for me.Ever wondered what your running coach or #personaltrainer are thinking....confessions!! What we wish you knew #fitness #running Click To Tweet
Coaches Come in All Varieties
You’re officially in a relationship with your coach once things begin…make sure it’s one that you enjoy. Do you need Jillian in your face pushing you to hit that next lap on the track? Do you need someone who is going to commiserate with your daily family drama and then gently push you to make it happen?
Just because they worked for your friend doesn’t guarantee they’ll work for you…I mean you probably wouldn’t marry their spouse either…right?!
There is NO BEST Way to Run
You’ve heard you need to do HIIT for weight loss or you’ve started to feel like you must run a marathon to be a real runner or you’ve heard about the fat burning zone so you need to run there.
Nope. There’s is not best way to run, there are lots of ways to run and they’re all great depending on the goals that really light you up (not the one’s you feel like you must do). Which leads to the biggest thing..pick ONE goal at a time.
Eat the Freaking Carbs
You’re on a weight loss mission and Paleo is THE thing right?! So you cut your carbs, you’re a few weeks in to our new training plan and you’re exhausted all the time, but can’t figure out why. So we start lowering your mileage and scratching or heads, until you also start to mention you’re cranky and it just seems like you can’t recover.
That’s because you need carbohydrates for fuel. You don’t need cookies, donuts, candy and pie, but you can make room for those along side oatmeal, sweet potatoes and other carbs.
We Don’t Always Know the Answer
A recent text exchange with one runner lead to me to preface my answers with “I’m not the expert, but here’s how I would handle it…”
Your run coach should be able to guide you through all kinds of things, but remember technically unless they have a nutrition certification they are NOT experts in that area and unless they have a MD they aren’t experts in injuries either.
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