The cancellation of races over the past year put a significant damper on people’s training goals, including considering working with a coach. Without any particular race goals in mind, most people don’t think they need a coach. I have had the same mindset and am now finding a whole pool of people, from couch potatoes to seasoned athletes, seeking coaching support and advice.
While I have been a running coach for more than 10 years, which has now evolved into even more fit life coaching, I have employed seven talented and esteemed coaches over my 30+ years of running and triathlon careers. I can expand on the many benefits and virtues, while also understanding there is a time and place.
To help you determine whether it might be your right time to consider or hire coach, answer the following questions:
- Are you frustrated with trying template training programs without success?
- Do you find yourself lacking motivation and coming up with excuses for not exercising or training?
- Do you wish you felt better and had some accountability?
- Are you challenged with being able to adapt your training program to factors in life, such as work, family, and personal demands without derailing your training?
- Do you find yourself battling injuries when you step up training or are you currently injured and wondering what you should do and if you can train and heal at the same time?
- Do you find yourself frustrated by race performance(s) or training consistency?
- Do you employ a variety in your training such as different routes, workouts, running partners, and cross-training days, or pretty much stick to the same program most days?
- What is your #1 Goal when it comes to fitness or running?
- What is your #1 Challenge to reaching this goal?
By honestly answering these questions you should be able to decipher if working with a coach might be of benefit and the type of coach you need, There are many talented coaches and there are also ones who charge a significant amount of money and all you get is a somewhat elevated template program.
Virtual coaching has become increasingly popular and in some instances, provides more one on one time as well as access to group chats where you can share challenges and accomplishments and learn more about the various components to leading a fit life — which stems beyond the typical training program. Racing, training, and becoming more fit also involve other key elements such as fueling, hydration, training peaks, and recovery, as well as other injury prevention tips and tools.
If you’re interested in finding a coach, either locally or virtually, go to a local running store and ask the staff of coaches they know, your friends, and/or do some Google searching and then make some phone calls. You should feel like the coach understands your challenges and sincerely wants to help you reach your goals. And then they are worth their weight in gold.