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!
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…