Having a running coach is not a privilege reserved for professional runners, whose livelihoods depend on completing the correct training in the correct manner at the correct timing. Hiring a running coach can seem like an extravagance for “everyday” runners. Yet recreational athletes can actually benefit even more from the attention, knowledge, and guidance of a coach as they do not have the time and resources available to them to focus purely on training as a professional athlete may.
But what can a running coach get you that a free online training plan can’t? To be honest, so many things!
A running coach is part exercise physiologist, psychologist, motivator, calming influence, accountability partner, instructor and educator.
Because training for specific distances is much more than running every day, a coach will build you an individualised training plan. Running can be very scientific, building different biological systems in your body so that you can optimally train. A coach won’t increase mileage too quickly or have you run too hard too soon. A coach will keep you in check to ensure you have enough recovery to turn around and nail the next workout. A coach will ensure your plan progresses in such a way that you should reach you’re A-race in prime condition.
As you are paying a coach, you will feel more inclined to complete your training as you know someone is watching on. You’ll be less inclined to skip that run when you know the coach will be checking in!
Coaches will be honest and help you with your strengths and weaknesses. Too often, runners are very hard on themselves. Your coach should and will see your strengths and capabilities and remind you of them when you are feeling less confident.
A coach should be there to help you choose your goal. If you are having trouble figuring out your next race, a coach will be a sounding board for you to go over your options, helping you to clarify the best race for you.
So if you feel that you aren’t fast enough or accomplished enough to need a coach, that is a clear sign you do need a coach!
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