No matter whether you are a beginner preparing for your first big race, an intermediate runner with some races to your credit and more ambitious goals like a Boston qualifier (BQ) in mind, or an experienced runner with a track record of success, you can benefit from the help of a coach.
A good running coach does more than provide a training plan – he or she becomes a key member of your team, helping you define and reach goals you may not currently think possible. The right coach can provide the following:
- Support and motivation for reaching towards your dreams, especially when times prove challenging
- A resource for shaping long-term goals and defining the intermediate steps necessary to get there
- A training regimen customized to your needs, fitting your schedule and including elements that play to your strengths while improving on your weaknesses
- Knowledge of physiology and psychology, helping you understand your training while freeing you to focus your time on executing it
All this combines to help you reach and tap potential that you probably don’t even realize exists, which is something that relying on “serial stock training plans” can’t deliver.
The presentation below details all the benefits a good coach can bring, and the process your coach should use to help you achieve all the benefits possible. The added benefit of having an online running coach is that you aren’t confined to the schedule of a local coach or team and can run your workouts when they best fit your schedule. My approach to coaching brings all these benefits to bear for you, no matter which type of program you choose.