Here is guys, the 6th (and final) chapter in my journey to become a run coach. For those of you interested in possibly becoming a coach, thinking about it in the future, working through it all now, or just wondering what it means to be a coach I hope you have found this series useful and informative. For those of you not so interested in run coaching, thanks for letting me toss this all out there and sticking with me anyways – you guys rock.
Read part 1 of my journey to becoming a running coach for information on the CPR and first aid requirements I had to meet.
Then, check out part 2 of my journey to becoming a running coach for information on the two day course I attended.
Next, be sure to catch up with part 3 of my journey to becoming a running coach for information on the certification test.
After that, make sure you read part 4 of my journey to becoming a running coach for all the nitty-gritty info on liability and protecting your new business.
Finally, check out part 5 of my journey to become a running coach to learn how I prepared for my first clients with info letters and one-on-one phone calls.
After the one-on-one phone call, described in my last post, it is time to get down to business. I start off by creating a 8, 12, or 16 week plan based specifically on the individual runner, their current fitness level, schedule, and goals. This is way different than anything you’ll find on the internet or in some book because no two plans are alike – each girl’s plan is meant just for her.
Then each day my runner’s are responsible for completing the assigned workout from their training plan and logging their paces, mileage, feel, comments, etc. in their training journal. I also have access to this journal so I can check to see how they are doing, modify and adjust as needed, answer questions, etc. This also means no plans are set in stone because both the runner and the coach (myself) discuss the workouts that are going on so we can make alterations when needed – a huge benefit of having your own personal coach.
Some of my clients and I communicate just through our written communication in their daily training log and this is what works best for them. However, I love my girts and am all about going above and beyond to make them successful so in addition to the training log many of my girls email me whenever they have questions like: It is pouring rain out what do I do about my run?, Is running on a treadmill the same as outside?, Can I switch today’s workout with…?, I forgot I have this tomorrow what should I do?, etc. Finally, some of my girls like even more contact to keep them on track so they text me. Heck, we text a lot. Like more than I text some of my best buds and it is amazing. I love that they feel so comfortable with me and I love that I feel as I am not only building a coaching relationship with them, but also a friendship.
After this 6 part series thinking about becoming a coach or working with one. Well, let me leave you with this:
Online coaching is really successful for number of reasons:
– you get a personalized training plan tailored just to you
– your coach works with you to meet your goals
– they help to modify and adjust as needed
– your coach helps you stay organized and on track
– the accountability of knowing someone is checking in on you
– protection from yourself (sometimes as runners we can be stubborn and make bad decisions)
– someone to talk to, your own personal virtual run buddy, and cheerleader
– access to an RRCA certified run coach
– plus, it is way more affordable than one-on-one in person coaching
Let me know –
Are you a coach?
Have you though about coaching?
Though about hiring a coach in some form?