For my family and friends close to me, it hasn’t been a secret I haven’t been feeling well. Outside of running, the last two months have been filled with highs and lows, ups and downs. Right now I don’t know what’s causing my issues. I have a hunch my body is rebelling against the self-created stress but to rule anything more serious, I’ve opted to schedule another Inside Tracker to make sure my blood work is at least healthy.
Thinking out loud, now is also the perfect time to also tell you, I’ve hired a coach. Hiring, meaning: I am paying full price. I didn’t want a coach I wasn’t paying because honestly, I would find myself not listening, paying attention or putting little effort into following the plan. Why waste either of our time that way?
I also didn’t want a coach I felt obligated to blast on social media because they were coaching me in exchange for social media promotion.
I wanted someone with credentials and already built success but also someone that matched my personality type well.
Competing in both swimming and cross country for college (you can read my entire story here), I’ve had every sort of coach you can imagine. From the ones screaming and checking up on you every single minute to more casual who trust you will follow what they give you. I tend to do better with someone who trusts me (not that I can really hide running on a running blog…).
In the past, I’ve talked to multiple coaches that I don’t connect with, or I can tell I’m going to be miserable. So since my college coach, I’ve been training alone. While not linear, I’ve improved to an 18:13 5k or 1:22.57 half marathon but I’ve also had my fair share of injuries and burnouts too.
Working at the running store as well as being a supportive military wife, my schedule can be chaotic with sudden changes. I also thrive on racing and enjoy seeing my friends or leading group runs from work. I’m not a professional runner and running isn’t my job. It’s my hobby. I want to better myself but I don’t want to sacrifice my personal happiness.
After the Base Half Marathon, in October (Yes I know that was almost 8 weeks ago), I began talking to James Mckirdy at Mckirdy Trained. It’s hard to not to notice when one of your closest friends (Heather) drops over 20 minutes in her full marathon right into a BQ. Of course, he has numerous other success stories too.
Several different coaches coach under Mckirdy Trained, but I am being coached by James himself.
So why am I writing this post 8 weeks later?
I had thought about saying 8 weeks ago right off the bat, by the way, I hired a coach, but honestly I couldn’t type out anything that sounded halfway normal. As I drafted more and more incoherent posts, I ultimately put it on the backburner. While hiring a coach is a big deal on a running blog, it isn’t a life or death decision.
As October turned into November, my body started not feeling the greatest (which had nothing to do with coaching). So at the time saying: I hired a coach but now I feel like $hit, didn’t really do anyone any favors either.
So here I am almost 2 months later, telling you why my training has drastically changed. I’m running fewer miles more frequently. I’m also doing more workouts. I can feel myself getting faster and I’ve run my fastest races post injury (Medford Lakes Turkey Trot 5k 18:30) and (Dallas Half Marathon 1:23.44).
I haven’t PRed yet but that takes time and the final piece of figuring out what is going on with my body. Last Sunday I ran the Dallas Half Marathon in 1:23.44. It’s my third fastest half marathon, but my body felt like garbage. Both times I ran faster half marathons, I felt on top of the world and like I could go on forever.
I have nothing but positive things to say about Mckirdy coaching and even though it’s only been a couple of months, I would recommend him to anyone wanting a coach.
So that’s where I’m at with that.
Question for you: Do you have a coach?