On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM, XXX wrote:
what was the single biggest lesson from the coach? run some intervals? ;-)
Several people have asked me this, and the question had
somewhat skeptical air to it so thought I'd try to hit a larger audience about why a coach can help you do better in your running (and not just running PRs but staying healthy).
This is what I responded:
#1) She really really kept on me to see a PT person about side effects from my congenital slight leg length discrepancy issues. I finally did it and it was profound. I would have probably not bothered to do this. Ever. (Lazy, assumed nothing could be done, etc).
#2) She did also figured out how hard I could be pushed and not break. I would have been too whussy to go there or I would have done too much and broken and figured I'm just not cut out for it etc.
#3) When life intrudes and things get complex with travel or social constraints it's great having somebody figure out how to reoptimize the quality training around that. I would have been lazy and just 'gone for a run' because I wouldn't have figured it out in time.
#4) Experience seeing lots of runners. When you get some advice it's got some gut feel behind it from seeing and working with a lot of runners. There is also some empathy because a coach that has had to work through their own training issues may also know what you are dealing with.
I don't think coaching is for everybody by any means. You do have to communicate. In my case, as you know, I write pretty comprehensive training posts on my blog so Jill can know exactly how each week has gone.
Considering all the time put in training for a marathon, it's money well spent in my opinion.