Sometimes You Just Need a Change…

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So, if you follow me on IG, you probably have seen me mention a new coach. Switching coaches was not a decision that came lightly to me. Coach Hadley had been my coach for two years and I really blossomed under his tutorage. I PRd in every distance I raced – from the mile to the 5k to the half marathon to the marathon.

So it may seem backwards that I changed coaches. (Note: I first decided to take a break from coaching. But after 3-4 weeks, I realized how much I missed the guidance, and direction that a coach provides. And so I felt like it was the right time to switch.) There were several reasons why I felt like it was a road I needed to take.

First, I felt like training had become a bit monotonous. Coach Hadley has a specific training outlook and consequently, my training plan from cycle to cycle was pretty identical. There were minor changes – more tempo miles, an extra mile for a long run. But the shell was the same. This resulted in several things. After two years of similar plans, I felt like I could predict the workouts, paces and plan, I felt like I was always comparing myself to a previous workour or cycle and most importantly, it was no longer fun and exciting.

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    Should You Hire a Running Coach?

    Over the last year (and especially the last few months), I’ve been asked a lot about my experience with having a coach – what the benefits are, what I get out of it and whether I would recommend a coach to another runner.

    Let me preface this whole post by saying that this is not meant to be a sales pitch for me. Yes, I coach. But I truly believe that you have to find the right coach for you. And I know that just because you read here or follow me on social media, doesn’t mean I am the right one for you!

    I think the benefits to having a coach are extremely specific for each runner. You might be looking for a coach to:

    – push you out of your comfort zone to run faster
    – help increase your weekly mileage in a safe and healthy way
    – tell you to slow down
    – help you become a stronger racer
    – work on nutrition and fueling
    – lose weight or reach a more optimal racing weight
    – hold you accountable to your training plan
    – help determine a realistic goal for a race – and the best pacing plan to hit that goal

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      RnR Philly Half + Benefits of Using a Running Coach

      Mile 12 of 2013 NYC Half Marathon

      Mile 12 of 2013 NYC Half Marathon

      Tomorrow, all of my boys will be staying at home as I make the short trip for the RnR Philly Half. I’m a little excited, a bit nervous, but surprisingly, mostly calm about the race.  There is a HUGE part of me that would love to PR on Sunday. My PR stands at 1:32:23 from this year’s NYC Half and while I know that I have a faster half marathon time in me, I’m not quite convinced the time is now.

      My coach and I have decided to use this race a gauge of where I am in my training and to help set more concrete goals for the marathon in two months.  There was very little taper for this (I did an 8x800m workout on Tuesday and a 17 miler last weekend) since we are not using it as a target race. Eyes and focus on the prize (Philly Marathon). Which I think is why I’m so calm about the race.  This is my first real road race since the Ironman and Ironman training last spring. I have virtually no expectations, other than knowing I am going to run as smart and as hard as I can for 13.1 miles. Whether than means a 6:55 pace, 7:05 pace, or 7:25 pace.  I have a race plan that I am going to stick to as best as I can (read: not starting too fast) and hope for the best =)

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        10k Training Club

        Ever wish you had someone to train with? Or that you have someone that runs your pace? Wish you could afford a running coach? Want to improve, but reached a plateau?

        If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Amanda (Run to the Finish) and I are contacted by readers who are dealing with some of these issues.  Because of that, we’ve decided to organize and host a 10K training club.

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        Amanda and I have teamed up to bring you encouragement, training plans, support and advice! The 10K is long enough to challenge yourself but short enough to not have to dedicate long training days to reach your goal.

        Regardless of what you are looking for – to lose weight, finish your first 10k or go after a PR, the 10k Training Club has a training plan for you.

        What’s Included in the 10K Training Club

        • Training plans:
          • 10K – First Finish {great for walkers, run/walkers or first time 10K runners}

          • 10K – Fat Blaster {mixing in more strength and intervals to blast fat and cross the finish line}
          • 10K – PR Crusher {you’ve finished a few 10K’s and just need a plan/advice/team to get your running to the next level}
        • Private Facebook that will form your TEAM
        • Group support
          • New runners will be able to learn from those with more experience
          • Experienced runners (veterans) will have people to push them past plateaus
        • Support for everyone to guide and push you to the holidays
        • Two coaches without the price of individual training
        • Weekly emails with tips on running form, nutrition and injury prevention

        HOW IT WORKS

        • Upon registration you’ll receive immediate access to the private Facebook Group where the training plans, FAQs and ongoing support from one another will take place. Training will officially kick off as a team on Sept 30th. 
        • As training begins you’ll receive weekly emails from us to help you stay focused, excited and on track. During the 9(ish) week training program you will be introduced to countless other runners, achieve new goals and push yourself to new limits.

        DETAILS

        • Sign up: TODAY – Sept 25th {Sign up HERE} Training: starts Sept 30th Cost: $75 {A running coach often runs $60/hour and you are getting 2 two certified coaches  for almost 10 weeks} Prizes: We’ll be announcing sponsors soon, but you won’t be disappointed!! Race selection: We are recommending you try to find a Thanksgiving Day 10k! If you are unable to find a local race around that time, you can always participate and run the 10k on your own!

          What it’s not – This is not private one-on-one coaching, which means we can’t answer every single question, but we will jump in daily to answer questions that will help the group. The best part about that is there are so many questions you won’t even think to ask that others will; now you’ll have the answers!

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