I have been contemplating getting a running coach for a couple of months. I am the type of person that performs when someone is pushing me. I want my coach to do that. I want my coach to be with me in person and run with me and yell at me from the other side of the track (which track, I have no idea, we’ll figure that our later).
I believe I am 82% wonderful at following training plans on my own. I follow the training plans first because I enjoy running and honestly want to be out there and second because I am working toward a goal. But I am also human and like to have a life and sometimes I can’t run 20 miles on Saturday mornings because I had too much wine on my couch the night before. This is where a running coach would come in handy (or this is how I see it happening):
Coach: Ashley, meet me tomorrow morning at 7 AM. We’re running 20 miles at 8:30/mi.
Ashley: OK Coach! Can’t wait! Its going to be tough, but I am ready, because I have you!
- Running coaches are expensive. Especially when you want them to run with you (and yell at you from across the track to run faster) versus strictly sending you training plans online and discussing your runs. I have done some research into some different coaches in my area in NJ. The coaches I have spoken to range from 100-150/mo (and include weekly training meetings). I don’t know if this is expensive though for the type of service I want. If I decide to take the plunge, I will most likely cancel my NYSC membership so I can afford my (ahem, BQ maker).
- I commute about an hour each way to NYC everyday. Is it realistic that I will even have time for a coach?
I found this article from the NYT (written in Oct 2011) about this exact topic, whether a running coach is necessary or not. Take a look at the article, I thought it was very interesting!
I need any help I can get on this subject. I am clearly a confused puppy.
Has anyone ever used a running coach? What type of service did you get? Do you mind telling me how much it cost you? I hope not. We’re all friends here 🙂