When should you hire a running coach?
Updated: Jan 5
When should you hire a running coach? When do you need a running coach?
Honestly, you don’t NEED a running coach.
But if you have goals and you’re running hard, why not get expert advice and plans? If you were working hard in the gym, you'd work with a personal trainer. If you were trying to grow your business, you would find a mentor. Same should go for running, if you want to get better, find someone to mentor you.
That being said, not every runner is in a phase of life or their running story when it makes sense to work with a coach. If you can't dedicate time to running or won't get any runs in, it doesn't make sense. If you're 6 months pregnant and haven't run in a while, let's talk in 6 more months!
I recommend one on one coaching to runners who:
Have plateaued--they keep running hard but aren’t seeing gains anymore
Are feeling overwhelmed with training -- they’re not sure what plan to follow or which is best or what days to run or how to fit it into their lives
Questions on pacing -- they don’t know what paces to run different distances or speed work at and their pacing is a bit all over the place
Don’t race well - sometimes runners train great but consistently blow up in races for a number of reasons. Working with a coach can help pinpoint those so you can race better
Big jump -- when a runner is making a big jump in distance (i.e. a half marathon or marathon)
Working with a coach helps overcome these mental barriers athletes have. A good coach works with your schedule to make a customized plan that fits into the ebbs and flows of your schedule and your mental load.
Have you ever worked with a coach? If you're interested in 2-weeks of free coaching, just reply to this email and let me know!