Just a friendly reminder that I still have some room for my BOGO coaching deal. Pay for 1 month of personalized one-on-one coaching and you’ll receive the second month for free! You can sign up now, but delay your start so it lines up with the fall races you have planned. If you’re on the fence about singing up, this post should help shed some light on what makes a good client from a coaches perspective.
Last week Carmy wrote a post about what to look for in a running coach. She hit on all the really important factors: qualifications (I have two), experience (I’ve been a runner for a while, and coaching is new to me, but I’m not going to promise to be something I’m not), rates (I priced myself competitively), and access (I do my best to always be available to my clients!).
Like most things, there are always two sides. As a runner, you also need to consider if you feel like you’re willing and able to give up control, but that’s not all. Here are some things runner should think about before hiring a coach.
Are you really and truly ready to give up what you think you know about running and trust your coach?
I know this can be hard, but we all come into running with different ideas about how certain runs should be performed.
Are you willing and able to forget that, and trust your coach?
For my one-on-one clients, I prepare plans in 4-week blocks, but will typically only release them one week at a time as not to overwhelm. I’m sure we’ve all looked ahead at a marathon plan and felt terrified of the runs to come, so I aim to ease into the harder training.
Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that training is going well and will release week after week with no (or few) modifications.
Yes, I will check in weekly (see communication) but you as a runner are accountable for your training.
How often do you want your coach to communicate with you?
How often do you want to communicate with your coach?
Personally, I’m slightly more hands off. I will check in with my runners weekly, but unless I’m told otherwise, I won’t send emails or texts after every run. Mainly because if my coach were messaging me every day, I’d get super frustrated.
I’m sure many other coaches out there would agree that it’s absolutely 100% okay to contact us with any questions!
I’d much rather have 5 texts a day from my clients than no communication and my client feeling lost and confused.
Susie brought up a great point on Carmy’s post about the style of a coach. Some coaches lean toward the Hanson’s Method of coaching, where as others are more balanced and provide plans that range from 3-6 days per week. Before biting the bullet, it’s important to consider if you’re willing to try a completely new coaching style, or if you want to stick a bit with what you know.
Beyond being a running coach, do they have any other qualifications, or can they refer you to a good resource for strength training, yoga, etc.
I’ve spent roughly the past 8 months recovering from an injury, so I’m a pretty big believer in cross training for runners. Because of that, I’m giving away three copies of Beth’s book Yoga for Runners. In order to be eligible, you must sign up for Beth’s free 7 day yoga for runners challenge and then you can complete as many of the remaining entries as you like.
Incorporating yoga through barre (and yoga when I remember) has made a wonderful improvement in my running.
Like anything in life, certain personalities jive while others don’t.
It took me a while to get there, but I know not everyone is going to like me. That also means not everyone will necessarily want to have me as their coach.
Guess what? That’s totally okay.
I like to do my best to communicate with potential clients to see if we’ll be a good fit as a pair.
Coaches – what would you add to this list?
Runners – what did you look for when finding a coach?
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