Views on Coaching

I’m not going to apologize but I would say the majority of my blogs this week are going to be about running.  Where my running is going, why I think coaches are a GOOD idea and just random thoughts about the Houston Marathon. 

Now that we cleared that up.  I’ll also try and add photos so they aren’t a snooze fest.  I said try-we can’t put too much hope into me now can we. 

I promised a blog of where my training was going and I wrote one up.  Sadly, my coach and I decided that we were COMPLETELY changing my training focus so the blog was pretty much meaningless.  Well it had meaning but it wasn’t going to be what I was doing. 

So today I’ll chat you up about why I think coaches are a great idea for anyone who is training with purpose or for a certain race.  I’m not saying you have to be hardcore training for a full marathon or half complete with speed workouts but I have found myself already reaching more potential having someone to back me up.

I could sit here on the computer and google every little thing about running, read every piece of print ever created or listen to many youtube videos teaching me proper methods to run and proper training schedules.  It doesn’t mean my body will react to them the same way as they were intended.

For instance, most people don’t need to run 50 miles to train for a half.  For me personally, my body is doing EXTREMELY well at running 70 miles per week.  Something I had not once thought possible during cross country season and coming back from my injury.  Something when my coach suggested my word for word answer was “So do you want me to peel over and die too?”

But I trusted him and can very easily tell you I wouldn’t have done it by myself.

Although my coach does not sit and scream workouts down my throat (another thing I would not respond well too), he does mentor me and show me things he thinks will be beneficial to my body (and that have been).   I don’t see him everyday or talk to him everyday but I know if I needed too I could.  He knows-I’m the definition of independent which is another bonus for the both of us.

I truly think that every single person could benefit for a little while from a coach to help guide them.  You can google yourself a fancy training plan, but training plans aren’t normally tailored to you found from google.  True story: I just googled training plan for Hollie and found nothing… There will always be something you never thought about.  There will always be something you can tweak to improve your times.

For instance the first change that came to me with my half training plan is that I do not have a said “long run” most weeks.  Maybe every two weeks or so-I’ll do a straight up 15 miler.  Normally and 9 times out of ten I would rather run a 10 and a 5 miler in a day.  My coach gets that.  My only real criteria in my plan is to get long easy miles in.

So I guess what I’m saying is that in my opinion, everyone could benefit from a coach for training for something.  Not necessarily someone screaming down your throat to finish a hard run, but to motivate and know as much about your training as you do.  To understand and motivate you when you are feeling like utter crap.  Sure you could google every answer to running imaginable but it doesn’t mean you won’t overlook something in your own training.

*I’m not saying that every person will mesh well with every coach.  I’m also not saying that I don’t google running training like it’s my job.  I’m just saying it’s always good to have a second opinion!  😉 

What are your thoughts about coaching?