Running coaches are becoming more and more popular. Well at least, in my running obsessed world. When I told some family or friends that I hired a running coach, they looked at me like I had two heads.
Having a running coach is like having a personal trainer. They put together your workouts, hold you accountable and push you harder so you can achieve more.
My two main running goals this year are to run a sub-2 a half-marathon and be consistent with one full marathon training cycle. I think a coach will definitely help me in achieving these goals.
One of my biggest reasons I struggle with following a training plan is the lack of accountability. If I skip a run, no one really knows. Sure I somewhat post my training plans on my blog but even that I’ve never been consistent at. Probably because I skip too many training runs that I don’t want to admit…
But with a coach, they will know if I skip a training run and I will be held accountable. I’m not one to disappoint someone and so I know having to hand in my workouts will make me want to do them, even on days when I really want to lay on the couch instead.
To achieve my goals of getting faster, I need some help. I’ve read so much about running and different types of training plans that honestly, I’m confused. I have no idea if running 3 or 6 days a week is better. I have no idea how long of a long run I should do before race day. I have no idea how often I should race during a training cycle without affecting my performance. So instead of trying to figure this all out on my own, I hired a coach.
I’ve been thinking of hiring a coach for a long time and when I read this article by Relentless Forward Commotion I realized the importance of picking the right coach. One of my top priorities was finding someone with experience in both racing and coaching. I wanted to feel confident that my coach could give me sound advice. It was also important to me that a coach would be okay with my style of training. I want to commit to training this year but I am also unwilling to give up my life for training. There always has to be a balance for me. And ideally, I wanted a personal referral or recommendation from someone who had a coach they loved.
As luck would have it, I was able to find a coach who met all my criteria. I have been following The Athletarian, for quite some time and last year I saw her crushing her runs. I asked her who her coach was and she led me to Phaedra Kennedy from Blisters & Black Toenails. Not only did she offer everything I was looking for in a coach, I had already seen her work in action and liked it, plus she’s Canadian so there’s always bonus points for that!
I am beyond excited to be working with Phaedra and am fully putting my training into her hands. I have to do the physical work but she has to do the hard work and deal with me!
My marathon training officially started yesterday. I’m still battling my plantar fasciitis but giving it rest hasn’t resulted in any difference so I’m going to work ongoing with therapy as I train.
So what marathon, you might be asking yourself? I will be running the….
It was a tough call for me to decide between Vancouver and Toronto especially with some friends running Vancouver. But ultimately, Toronto won out because it has a better course profile, less chance of rain and my coach is in the Toronto area so I’m hoping she can be there to cheer me on!
I’m really excited about this upcoming adventure in coaching and running my third marathon.
Have you ever worked with a running coach? Do you need someone to hold you accountable to your workout plan?