Running Coaches

I posted a while back (probably about a year ago) about my thoughts on coaching and people having coaches.  Long story short, as a collegiate runner at the time, I thought it was great.  Coming from a cross country team that I was NOT forced to do track workouts and NOT forced to make a certain weight or compete inner team like…I full enjoyed the laid back appeal of my coach.

Hard to believe this was 6 months ago...
Hard to believe this was 6 months ago…and one week into cyst recovery

OH the joys of running D3.  Honestly, though I still keep in pretty good contact with both my college coaches and they inspired me to keep running after college.  This post isn’t about giving them all the credit they deserve though, because that would take a few thousand words.

This post is about why I do not think everyone and their mother needs a coach. To me personally, it seems like everyone talks about their coach and how their coach forces you to run harder…you never would have made it out there without HIM (please comment if you have a female coach because I’m curious to find someone who does).  I often feel when I say I’m at the point where I’m uncoached on my blog, people don’t get it.

Well why don’t you have a coach?

Because I’m improving right now without one…because I don’t need external motivation to go out in run…I run almost every morning with no coach telling me…Hollie go run this morning.

I’m not doing speed workouts and even if I was…there are plenty of sources to tell me what goals I need to hit my dreams.

I’m not saying every person should not have a coach. Caitlin and I are on the same boat with this…I think elites obviously should.  I think high schoolers/collegiate obviously should…their running is much different than those going to road races for a good time (ie: me).

I do not think for the average runner that it is necessary to further your running career by having a coach.  I think running basically boils down too: if you train smart and run more…you will improve.  If you aren’t improving, maybe then it’s time to look for a coach.  (or maybe it’s time to change your training first).

If you have a coach, that’s great and I’m happy for you.  If you have an exact mileage, speed you need to be hitting daily with no room for change and thrive off that…well great.

For me I need the flexibility to start off every run, not knowing exactly how far or fast I’ll go.  I wouldn’t mind having a coach but I am not obsessivly looking for one nor do I feel incomplete without one. 

Questions for you:

Do you have a coach?  Do you want a coach?