Over the years, I have asked myself why anyone would need to hire a run coach? I mean really, lace up some shoes people and get out there and get it done! That was until I got stuck. Stuck in a rut, stuck at a pace, stuck with my weight! After a few years of getting steadily faster and being able to rely solely on running for maintanence of my weight, I have hit a plateau. The problem with "us runners" is that if there is one thing we dread...it's getting stuck!
I will be honest, I don't care for speedwork and I don't want to mix it up! Most importantly, I don't want to get injured! That is exactly why I took to a google search and I called in a coach! Coach Sam called me last night and went through all my training, all my marathon and half marathon times and within 20 minutes had me pegged. What I was calling my routine, he was calling my rut.
He told me the good: I have a great base, I am dedicated, I am capable.
He told me the bad: My routine won't make me faster, I am overly efficient at my normal 5 miles so my weight won't change.
He told me I had to (GASP) shake it up and get out of my comfort zone.
But he also promised that if I gave him my feedback after daily runs, he would adjust accordingly slowly easing me into this new "routine". He told me we would listen to my body so I wouldn't get injured. Best of all, he told me if I listened to him my upcoming marathon in January would give me a big PR.
By the end of the call, I was hooked. I have signed up for 4 months of coaching. I will get an email weekly with my workouts and I will give him feedback. So if you every wondered "Why a run coach?" follow along and see if all this really pays off!
Run Happy- Dr Misty