My first marathon was in 1996—NYC. Since then, I’ve run several and have even gone beyond the 26.2 on a few occasions. I’ll be honest, outside of aiming for a few long runs, I’ve never followed a special training program. When I ran my first marathon there were no running apps to download or fancy mileage tracking systems—I thought I was pretty cool in my standard Timex Ironman watch—wore it like a badge of honor. Fast-forward to present day and there seems to be endless resources, gadgets, and options to help runners achieve their goals, including the Running Coach.
A running coach is no longer just for professional athletes or Olympians—a coach can be beneficial for any runner, regardless of speed, ability, or goal. And they are gaining traction, too—Road Runners Club of America, one of the many organizations that offers certification programs estimates they have certified about 3,000 coaches over the last few years.
But what exactly does a running coach do? When is a good time to bring on a coach? And what can you expect from your investment? I caught up with Dana Katz, ultrarunner, certified running coach, and founder of UltraU to help answer the question, “should I hire a running coach?”
What are the main benefits to hiring a running coach?
A running coach takes your performance to the next level. A coach allows the runner to focus on his or her workouts, while letting the coach mastermind the plan tailored to the individual. The runner gets to leave the stress of “Am I running enough? “Am I running too much?” to the coach. A coach makes the plan and adjusts it to how the athlete responds and can look at the data objectively. A coach also provides accountability and can bring out your very best performance. [Continue Reading]