Interviews with Running Coach Clients

Every Wednesday I have been sharing a bit about my experiences starting up with a running coach.
Be sure to check out my past posts on:
Why Did I Get a Running Coach?
Can I Afford a Running Coach? (You’ll be happily surprised by the answer.)
and
What Does a Running Coach Do?

However, this week I am bringing you a treat, interviews with three other runners who have been working with running coaches also.  I thought hearing about having a running coach from other perspectives would be really interesting.
eda_71911. Name: Rachel Steffen (Running Rachel)
2. Blog: http://www.runningrachel.com
3. How long have you worked with a running coach?
I have worked with my online running coach for two marathon training cycles (7-8 months)
4. Why did you decide to start with a coach?
I wanted to work with someone who has the experience, knowledge, and passion for helping me with my goals.  Yet also the ability to be flexible with my busy schedule to custom create a plan that works for me, my personality and life.
5. What was the biggest benefit of your coaching experience?
I have established a close friendship with her, as well as knowing that I have someone watching my progress which helps keep me motivated and accountable for my run.  I love knowing that I have my own personal cheerleader… even though she is not local to me… I know she is cheering me on the whole way.
6. Any unexpected lessons/rewards from working with a coach?
Be sure to speak your mind (letting them know how you REALLY feel: injury, long runs, etc).  They want to see you succeed just as much as you do.  Keep your communication open and honest with them… and you will find success.
7. What would you tell someone who was on the fence or unsure about hiring a run coach?
Do your research.  Make sure they will create a customized plan for you to help you reach your goal.  You won’t be successful if you have a plan that doesn’t work for your personality, fitness style, or busy life!  You are worth shopping around to find the perfect coach.
Follow Rachel on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

IMG_21571. Name: Amanda Loudin
2. Blog: http://misszippy1.com
3. How long have you worked with a running coach?
Off and on several times over my 16 years of running.
4. Why did you decide to start with a coach?
While I am a coach myself, I wanted to tap into some different coaching philosophies to see if it would help me push beyond plateaus.
5. What was the biggest benefit of your coaching experience?
It’s always nice to have things laid out for you and not have to put thought into it. Plus, a coach can help you reach new levels and push harder than you might on your own.
6. Any unexpected lessons/rewards from working with a coach?
I could do more than I realized and needed someone to believe in me in order to get there.
7. What would you tell someone who was on the fence or unsure about hiring a run coach?
I don’t think it’s a necessity, but it certainly can be a nice perk, especially if you are looking to nail a PR or take your training to the next level.
Follow Amanda on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

image1. Name: Michelle Tucker
2. Blog: Baby Blues to Running Shoes
3. How long have you worked with a running coach?
I worked with mine for about 8 months
4. Why did you decide to start with a coach?
I wanted an individual training plan for my marathon and I also wanted someone to help me improve my 5K time.
5. What was the biggest benefit of your coaching experience?
The biggest benefit for me was having someone to help me through the tough runs. He was always available when I needed encouragement and having someone there to answer questions along the way helped me go into my marathon confident.
6. Any unexpected lessons/rewards from working with a coach?
I didn’t expect to develop such confidence as a runner. Seeing the list of workouts for the week and going from a feeling of there is no way I can do that to actually completing the workouts was amazing!
7. What would you tell someone who was on the fence or unsure about hiring a run coach?
Go for it! Anytime you can have someone encourage you and push you to your best it is worth it!
Follow Michelle on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

What questions would you have asked?
Were you surprised by any of the answers?

Comments

  1. says

    So interesting to see how many people use a running coach! At this time we don’t use a coach at all, I basically make all of our training plans. If we successfully complete our Ironman we probably will not get a coach. We have so many friends that run/do triathlons that I can get opinions from them too!

  2. says

    This was super interesting to read – I love the different unexpected perks that each of the 3 experienced while working with a coach!!

  3. says

    The more I read these posts, the more I think I could really benefit from a coach. Just the idea of having someone to check in with would be huge for me. I love that Miss Zippy has a coach despite being a coach herself!