Since committing to training with a running coach just over a month ago, I’m already seeing certain benefits. If I promise to pitch up at training and work hard, he pretty much takes care of everything else. In a way, it’s actually a relief.
For starters, my coach decides on how much running I do in the week. It’s such a weight off my shoulders knowing that someone else is watching my mileage. For a change, I’m not stressing over not having run really long LSDs on a Sundays. And it’s okay just to do 5kms twice a week. It’s in his hands. He has a plan.
Another thing I’m learning is what he means by consistency. It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality and learning to read my body.
Ironically, my coach is making sure I slow down a bit. *Wait a minute, I’m in this to speed up aren’t I?*. At the last track session, I felt strong. I’ve noticed that I’m doing a lot more running than walking. Just as he promised, I’m building that strong base foundation first. Speed work can only start once this is in place.
I must mention though that perhaps the biggest benefit is that I’ve learnt to run on grass! For me, the finish of any race is always the worst because it always feels like after running on the road, the grass on the field slows me down and sucks me in. Quite funny that where we train, the track is grass and it’s not that bad. Not that bad at all.
Sounds like this running coach is such a good idea. Glad you’re enjoying it
This is awesome. I’m intrigued to see how the progress goes. I’ve been determined to remain a social runner but my competitive nature is kicking in and I want to run faster/better
I love the poster really hits the spot. Its great that you have someone coaching you. I’m sure it’ll work out well for you;);)
Oh you need to share how you find this running coach and if he is available to train others? I think this is what I need to get out of my running slump!
There were so many names when I searched. The guy I go to is Dave Coetzee at Randburg Harriers. What I like is that his days suited me: Mon, Wed 17:30 & Sat 6:00. And he is close to home! Yay! I also gel with him which I think is important.