OK, it’s a move I’ve been considering for a while. Let’s be honest, I love following other runners on dailymile, helping them make the most of their training through subtle tweaks here or there, and I get really excited when they email me a question.
Having spent a lot of time writing books and posts on running, and well over ten times that amount of time training, and another five times that amount of time reading and researching such topics as exercise physiology, strength and mobility training approaches, and the psychology of running, I’m frankly bursting at the seams to be able to help more runners figure this sport out and achieve their very best.
Thus, I’m excited to announce the availability of coaching services and the creation of Team Predawn Runner!
Sure, there are dozens (hundreds? thousands?) of online running coaches, as well as coaches available in your local community. So what makes Team Predawn Runner different? Easy – I specialize in helping runners with a “real life” optimize their training around all their other commitments. After all, it’s what makes this blog unique, so why wouldn’t I incorporate that value into my coaching packages?
This isn’t to say that the hard-core running expertise will be missing. Having followed (and, I like to think, helped) dozens of runners reach for their goals, and learned which types of programs and approaches do and don’t work for maximizing race performance while minimizing injury risk, I have thousands of hours of experience to bring to bear for you (in fact, maybe I’m approaching Malcolm Gladwell’s magical 10,000 hours for becoming a maven at running – though I hate the word” maven”).
The other big differentiator versus many online coaches and stock training programs is that your program will be customized to fit your background and (jointly determined) goals, and that in doing so, we’ll keep the philosophy of minimalism in mind. No, I don’t mean you need to throw out your running shoes – rather, I mean that we’ll build from your current practices in a smart, stepwise approach, working towards long-term success and not some elusive (and risky) short-term moonshot. If your recent training peak has been 35 miles per week, don’t expect a plan that counts on you getting to 70 mpw, at least for a few seasons.
So I recognize that you have a choice in online running coaches, and there are some good ones out there. I’d be honored if you’d consider making me a part of your team – maybe even the chairman of your running board of directors.
So read more about the value of hiring a coach (as the presentation below also details), the benefits from working with me in that capacity – and then contact me to find out more about joining Team Predawn Runner – I’d look forward to working with you to help you achieve your very best, while still letting you work to achieve everything else you need to in life. It isn’t easy, but what fun would it be if it was?
And now for a contest – mention / like this post on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, dailymile, or any other social site you prefer, and let me know in the comments below by September 7, 2012, and I’ll enter you (one time for each mention) in a drawing for a free one-time consultation. It’s my way of kick-starting the program and really starting to get deep into the process of helping runners re-energize their training and reach towards new goals!