The Value of a Running Coach

As someone who hopes to be a running coach someday, I always thought I could coach myself and be successful. Through coaching myself I ran a 3:42 first marathon and also got my first BQ, but when I missed getting into the Boston marathon by 18 seconds I decided I would look into getting a coach. It wasn’t because I didn’t think I could do it on my own, it was more that I needed inspiration. I needed someone who also believed in me and knew I could do it. I needed someone I looked up to, someone who already accomplished what I was setting out to do.

Even coaches need to be coached and that’s because it is so much easier to advise someone else on how to train and what to do. However, when I tell myself I need to take it easy or run slower, I usually think I should be doing more and training harder, leading to overtraining and being burnt out. This is what happened to me for my Sugarloaf marathon. I did in fact BQ, but I was so tired by the end of my training cycle, I knew I had overdone it. Once the marathon was over it took me more than 3 months to feel like myself again. My coworkers who I ran the race with were running within a few weeks and I took more than a month hiatus from even attempting to lace up my shoes. I knew I needed to fully recover and when I was ready for another race I would know. I didn’t train for anything until I started my Napa Marathon training! It was actually a great break from running because I got my puppy and we enjoyed lots of adventures together πŸ™‚

My point is, after that I knew I needed a coach. Someone to reign me in and keeping me from jumping too far ahead. Someone to keep me sane and believe in me. For me the coaching I was looking for came from run4prs. Victoria has been amazing and just through talking to her I am so inspired. I hope to be half the coach she is one day!

Through this blog, I hope to document my journey to becoming a running coach, share the knowledge I learn, recap my training and races and inspire others to reach their running goals! I hope you join me for the journey.

-Julie