Running is one of the most convenient of all sports. All you need is a pair of running shoes and of you go.
But things may get a little bit complicated once you start getting serious about your training. In fact, even the most hard-working runners are prone to performance plateaus, injuries, and lack of drive from time to time.
One thing you can do to help you avoid these obstacles is to work with a running coach. In fact, whether you’re taking up running for the first time or are training for your 10th marathon working with a running coach can help you reach your goals.
A good one can help you design a personalized training plan that will help you realize your true potential as a runner.
Know Your Needs
The first thing to consider when looking for a running coach is your fitness level and training goals. It’s all about where you are and where you’d like to end up.
The rest is just details. If you just took up running, hiring an Olympic level running coach can do more harm than good.
Here’s the truth.
You don’t only need to hire a qualified coach, but also someone who understands your needs and suits your fitness level.
Instead of shooting for the stars, look for a running coach who has also experience working with beginners and can understand the obstacles you’re trying to overcome.
As a beginner, your coach can help you do the following:
- Decide together with you your running goals
- Find the proper gear for you
- Provides you with a tailored training plan
- Improve your running technique
- Introduce you to the different types of runs and how to do them
- Clean up your diet and provides you with a nutrition plan
- And so much more.
Most important is, that your couch understand that most likely you are not a professional athlete. Your life is already busy with being a good mom or dad, being there for your partner and your family, being successful in your job, spending time with friends, doing other sports and activities, ….
A good running coach will help you to integrate your training into your everyday life challenges. Running should not become a burden. A successful run or walk is, when you’re coming back home with a smile on your face.