Last week I interviewed people who work with running coaches so you could get a bit of their perspective on the process. This week I wanted to go straight to the source and give you some information from an actual running coach, mine in particular.
Meet Laura of MommyRunFast –
Running Coach Q& A:
1. What made you decide to become a running coach?
I love running, love learning, and helping other runners improve. When I decided to become a holistic health coach and work from home, it made sense to add in running as well!
2. How long have you been coaching?
Informally, (as part of running groups) for several years. Formally, (where I create individualized plans for someone), a year and a half.
3. What are the benefits of working with a coach?
I think the accountability is a huge benefit. It’s nice to have someone else considering the big picture (increases, cut back weeks, building intensity with mesocycles and purpose). Plus, we all need someone to bounce ideas off of and help us determine if a certain decision is wise. Coaches need coaches, too!
4. When you begin with a new client, how do you start things off?
I start by having the client complete a form with their running history, including injuries and training patterns. Then we set up a time to talk on the phone so I can fully understand their current fitness level, training preferences and goals, and can start where they are at.5. How does having a coach affect a client’s day-to-day, week-to-week, and/or full training cycle plan and routines?
Well, again, there is accountability to check in and report how things are going. For speed work, there are prescribed paces specific to the individual. I like to give clients the entire 12, 16, or 20 week plan up front so they can see the big picture and know what’s coming. It also gives them someone to check in with as questions arise or if they feel an ache or pain along the way.
6. What do you say to all those who think coaching is too expensive or only necessary for elites?
I wish I had used a coach when I was starting to run! It would have saved me some injuries and trial and error as I learned. As for the cost, I believe coaching should be affordable for everyone. I have a sliding scale with very reasonable prices for those on a smaller income.7. If someone is interested in working with you:
– How do they contact you?
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
– What types of plans do you offer?
I offer month by month plans as well as 12, 16, and 20 week training plans.
8. The final word on running coaches:
Running coaches may not be for everyone. But if you have a big goal, or are unsure about the best way to incorporate speed work, or feel better having someone to bounce training and race questions off of, it’s definitely worth exploring.
I hope you enjoy this Wednesday series on having 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.)
What Does a Running Coach Do?
Interviews with Running Coach Clients
Please stay tuned next Wednesday, as I fill you in on how my experience with a running coach is going after a full month.
What would you like to hear about my experience with a running coach so far, or about my running overall, next Wednesday?