Coaching Stuff & Randomness

The first thing any of my friends and family said to me after I told them “I hired a running coach” was “Why? Can’t you just BE a running coach?” and while, YES, becoming a running coach is actually a dream of mine, having a running coach is a completely new experience for me. I’ve never had one  before so this journey will be a brand new experience!

Why hire a coach?
Although I’ve had access to coaches via the charity teams I’ve run/am running for…it’s not the same as having your own personal coach. That was what I have been looking for: more of a 1 on 1 relationship between myself and my coach. In the past, I typically follow training plans designed by runners world via their “smartcoach” tool. These plans are terrific. However, I’ve been using them for years now, and I’m at the point where I need a change. I have a lot of really big giant goals for 2015 & 2016. REALLY BIG. I haven’t talked about them with very many people- Probably my husband, SIL, running partner, and now my new coach. It gets me really excited that my coach is ready to work so dilligently with me to make them happen. I felt like I was ready for a “PUSH” in the “working harder” department. You all know by now that I never back down from a challenge! I have definitely set up a few big ones for myself in the near future!

I also decided to hire a running coach because I really like reporting back to someone on progress and struggles. My coach gives me great feedback, and I love the interactive spreadsheet that we use together to track my progress. And as good as I am at creating workouts for myself and my other runner friends, I like having someone else create them for me, too! It’s fun to be challenged and some of the workouts I’ve done so far are not things I would have thought of myself.

Who I chose.
I did a bunch of research on a bunch of people close in proximity to me. Meh. I was offered free coaching by a few different coaches. Meh. I read running books with running plans in them. Meh. I kept circling back to this one blogger that I have followed since she first started her blog last year. Lauren Floris, a certified bad-ass runner.

Why did I choose this coach.
There were a few things I considered when I was picking my coach. I liked the idea of someone who was local. Lauren is not that far away from me (probably an 60-80 minutes) and I really like that. I love her work ethic: Lauren is as hard of a worker as I am when it comes to running. THAT was really important to me! I would never choose a coach whom I didn’t feel inspired by. She is on the up-and-up with her running, just like I am. I also really like that she is faster than me. Maybe that sounds strange, but it’s true- I really like that I have a coach who can give me pointers on how to be as fast as her. Because these big goals of mine aren’t easy and they are going to continue to take a bunch of hard work!

And now for some randomness….
Monday & Tuesday were, once again, snow days. That meant a LOT of shoveling and a LOT of relaxing. There were also so. many. snacks. I need routine back in my life in the WORST way. It turns out that weeks of 4-5 day weekends aren’t as fun in the winter as summer vacation is June – August. Because NO ONE wants to go outside when its a blizzard and a wind chill of -15. YUCK. Anyway. Day #8 of Snow Day Vaca left me SUPER bored. So i crafted a little bit!

I figure that I will wear it during my race next weekend!

And speaking of next weekend…I know a bunch of people who are doing the Hyannis marathon..This is the 12 day forecast…
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Just remember, it could change at ANY time!

Happy Hump Day, everybody!

Anybody ever hire a coach or thought about it? What would your reasons be/were your reasons behind it?

Anybody have more snow days than me yet?.. I will be in school until July…


34 thoughts on “Coaching Stuff & Randomness

  1. I’ve always just read up on various plans and related running research. Affording a personal would be awesome but it’s not in my budget. So I just work as hard as I can with some advanced Runners World marathon plan and hope for the best lol I’m excited to watch your progress and see you smash whatever goal(s) it is you have. 🙂 Rock on!!

  2. I’m not at the point my running where I feel I can justify the expense for a coach but I signed up for the Runners World smartcoach tool yesterday. The training plan it gave me seems too easy with regard to pace and mileage and yet the goal race time for my half is 9 minutes faster than my PR from this past November. Does that seem right to you?

  3. That’s so exciting! I can’t wait to see what you guys do together (I love Lauren’s blog – she is so fast!). I think I’m following your lead – spend a couple of years seeing where I can get myself and then think about coaching.

  4. I would totally hire a coach. I’m still relatively new to running, so I’m still at the point where I want to see how far I can get and what I’m capable of on my own – that is very fulfilling to me at this stage in my running, which I’m sure you understand. But I know that one day I’ll get to the point you’re at when I need to take it to the next level and have someone to push me harder and hold me accountable and provide expert tips. One day I’ll get there but for now I like being a lone wolf 🙂 I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about the $$ aspect of it. I don’t know how much the average coach charges, but I know running gets expensive enough with races and gear! Hopefully when the time comes a good coach can fit nicely into the budget 🙂 Happy trails to you and Lauren!

  5. Aw yay! I’m glad you’ve got a great coach who seems to fit you well! I’ve actually thought ALOT about getting a coach too (I def need a good push) and I look for a lot of the same things you do (I def agree that I want my coach to be faster than me!). I think the main thing holding me back is money though. At this point in my life, I can’t justify this expense yet especially when I have done pretty well on my own.

    And hey, that’s not too terrible as far as the forecast goes right now! I’m def hoping the weather cooperates though.

  6. I haven’t worked with a coach yet, but I want to next year! This year I want to see what I can do on my own and learn as much about all things training as I can. I also want to become a running coach this year!

  7. I’ve considered hiring a coach just have never done so. And you know I know what some of your BIG goals are without you even having to say a word. We are that in sync ha! One of those goals I have in my own head for you because I think you can pull it off in time especially now with a coach in tow. I wish I had some snow days lol let’s trade places for a week I just wanna sleep and sit in front a fireplace already! haha

  8. Excellent read. I have thought of it but not pursued it. Like you if like to have a local runner that is able to teach me. I like your thoughts on the subject. I know once I enter the world of triathlon I’ll go with one. I’m excited to hear how your experience with your goes!! I love watching your times!

  9. I’ve had a running coach for the last two years. Incredibly beneficial. I love having a schedule handed to me. It’s also very helpful in the accountability department-I’ve logged more miles knowing I have to report back why I just bagged a planned run!

  10. I have been thinking about getting a coach for my next marathon, whenever that may be:) For the past few years I wanted to see what I could do on my own but I know it would be better to have someone push me and keep me in check. I think Lauren would be an amazing coach and I know I would consider her if I was hiring a coach!

    • She really is pretty fantastic, I’m excited to see where coaching takes me. I will have to try to remember to do some sort of a follow up post with how I view my running with a coach versus when I didn’t have one… I bet there are a lot of people who are also like you and I and making the decision to hire a coach/not to hire a coach!

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