A Running Coach
Tonight I met with my new running coach (a 2:22 marathoner who is quite knowledgeable on the sport). Now clearly I am no elite athlete and have no hopes or dreams of ever reaching the Olympics so you may be asking yourself why in the world would I spend money to hire somebody to tell me how to run. I mean after all, I’ve been running for quite a few years and have quite a few miles on my legs. Shouldn’t I already know what to do? Well the answer to that is not really. Certainly I can run and am pretty decent at it, but I have goals that I can never seem to reach because my name is Tracie “overtrained” Rodriguez. 🙂 I can never find a happy balance and I always seem to run my body straight to the injured list. I’m actually quite good at it.
Here’s why I think I need a running coach
- I like to run, Period. I need someone to tell me exactly how to supplement my training with things other than running.
- I need specific workouts. I can tell myself all day to run 6 easy miles but somehow they are never at my easy pace. If someone else tells me to do it, I’ll probably listen. Even better, if they join me for those 6 easy miles, I’ll have no choice.
- I really think I can be better than what I am right now. I’ve done okay training by myself but I’m a horrible self coached runner. I’m just not disciplined enough.
- And finally, I want to be a lifelong runner. I don’t think injuries should be part of the territory. I need someone to help me find that balance.
I’m pretty excited about this and look forward to sharing what I learn. Maybe once I get this running thing perfected, I can then move on to the Ironman training. One thing at a time…
Here’s to the never ending journey!!
Happy Trails and Happy Running,