Do you need a running coach?

Whether or not you need a running coach depends on your specific goals, experience level, and personal preferences. Here are some factors to consider when deciding if you need a running coach:

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  1. Experience Level:
    • If you’re a beginner and new to running, a coach can help you learn proper form, build a solid foundation, and avoid common mistakes.
    • If you’re an experienced runner, a coach can still be valuable for refining your technique, improving your performance, and setting and achieving more ambitious goals.
  2. Specific Goals:
    • If you have specific running goals, such as completing a marathon, running a faster 5K, or transitioning to trail running, a coach can create a tailored training plan to help you achieve those goals.
  3. Motivation and Accountability:
    • Some individuals benefit from the accountability and motivation that a coach provides. They can help you stay on track with your training and push you to your limits.
  4. Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation:
    • If you’ve had past injuries or are currently dealing with one, a running coach can help you design a training plan that minimizes the risk of injury and includes rehabilitation exercises.
  5. Time and Commitment:
    • Consider whether you have the time and commitment to self-coach. Coaches can save you time by planning your workouts and analyzing your progress.
  6. Budget:
    • Running coaches come at a cost, so you should evaluate whether your budget allows for this expense. Some runners may opt for more cost-effective alternatives like online coaching programs or running communities.
  7. Self-Motivation:
    • Some runners are highly self-motivated and disciplined, and they can develop effective training plans and routines on their own.

The decision to hire a running coach is a personal one, but you can be successful without one. If you find that your running goals align with the benefits of having a coach, you may want to consider it. However, if you are highly motivated, well-informed, and comfortable designing your own training plans, you might be able to achieve your goals without a coach.

If you decide to hire a running coach, be sure to interview a few options and have a list of questions for them. Here are some questions to get the conversation started. You want to make sure you and your coach are compatible!

Want to get started? Get to know RUN717 coaches: Brenda Hodge and Ashley Sollenberger. Contact us for a free consultation!

Published by fastmaster262

A nationally ranked master marathoner focusing on a holistic approach to training and coaching. Marathon PR 2:53:13 in 2018.

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