It’s easy to think that running is an inexpensive sport. Who needs a coach? Just run, right? Not so fast. Running is a sport, like any other, and having a coach can benefit your strength, speed and endurance in many ways.
The great thing about running coaching is that a lot of it can be online, so even if you don’t live near a running coach, you can see dramatic improvement with online support and coaching. Training plans can be followed and tweaked all through email and texting. You just have to be committed to follow your coaches plan and believe in their coaching methods.
The reward of personal coaching can be a huge PR at your next race. Or maybe you generally get injured when training, a coach can keep you from overtraining and prevent common overuse injuries. There are tons of positives to hiring someone to coach you to success and partner with you on your goals.
Benefits of a Running Coach
- Knowledge base you wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Either through formal education or personal experience, a coach can impart new training philosophies and help you learn the ins and outs of running quickly.
- Customized plans that are adapted to your level.
- Support during or after your runs. Either through text, email, phone calls or hands on coaching. You can share your highs and lows and then learn how to make them help you become a better runner.
- Goal specific training. You may want to focus on one specific race or one area of training. A coach can narrow down the steps you should take to achieve your goals.
Now you know all the great benefits, but where do you start when it comes to finding the right coach for you? My three tips below will help you narrow down the best coach for you at your current level.
How to find a running coach
- Research local coaches in your area or online and learn about their background, coaching methods and experience. Make sure they are certified through a reputable agency, such as RRCA or USA Track & Field.
- Compare pricing and availability, you want a coach that is reasonable, but will be there for you when you have questions. Text and email support are great.
- Discuss your needs before exchanging money. Make sure you and your coach are on the same page and you are both looking forward to the experience. Talk about your fears and your goals. Make sure the coach has had similar experiences or coached similar runners or distances, this way you know they have a general idea of what is best for you.
I myself seek out coaching to sharpen my skills and push me out of my comfort zone. I also love coaching other runners and seeing people achieve their goals!
If you are interested in seeing what I have to offer as a running coach, check out my coaching page and get in contact with me!