Questions to ask a running coach

If you are thinking about hiring a running coach, you should first decide if you need one. Check out the post Do you need a running coach. If you decide you’d benefit from hiring a coach, it’s important to ask specific questions to ensure that they are the right fit for your needs and goals. Compatibility is important. Here are 12 questions to ask a potential running coach:

questions to ask a running coach
  1. What is your coaching philosophy?
    • This question helps you understand the coach’s approach to training and whether it aligns with your own running philosophy.
  2. What are your qualifications and certifications as a running coach?
    • Ask about their coaching credentials and experience to ensure they are qualified to guide your training.
  3. Can you provide references or testimonials from past clients?
    • Hearing from previous clients can give you insights into the coach’s effectiveness and coaching style.
  1. What types of runners do you typically work with?
    • Find out if the coach has experience working with runners at your level (e.g., beginners, intermediate, advanced) and with your specific goals (e.g., distance running, speed improvement, injury recovery).
  2. How do you develop individualized training plans?
    • Understand the coach’s process for tailoring training plans to meet your specific goals, strengths, and weaknesses.
  3. What is your communication style and availability?
    • Ensure that the coach’s communication style and availability match your expectations. You should feel comfortable asking questions and seeking guidance. Clarify the frequency of check-ins, feedback sessions, and adjustments to your training plan.
  4. What is your approach to injury prevention and rehabilitation?
    • If you have a history of injuries or are concerned about injury prevention, ask about the coach’s strategies in this regard.
  5. What is your fee structure and payment terms?
    • Discuss the cost of coaching services, any contract terms, and payment schedules to ensure it fits your budget.
  6. Do you offer online or in-person coaching?
    • Determine whether the coach offers coaching in the format that is most convenient for you, whether that’s in-person or through online communication.
  7. How do you handle race preparation and strategy?
    • If you have specific race goals, ask about the coach’s approach to race preparation and strategy.
  8. What tools or technology do you use for coaching?
    • Find out if the coach uses any software, apps, or wearable technology to monitor and analyze your performance.
  9. What do you expect from me as a client?
    • Understand the coach’s expectations in terms of commitment, adherence to the training plan, and communication.

Asking these questions will help you evaluate whether a running coach is a good fit for your needs, and it will enable you to make an informed decision about hiring them. Want to get started?

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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