The other day I was minding my own business (quite literally as I was *ahem* in the bathroom ” don’t pretend you don’t do that) when I received a DM from a gentleman asking me about my running and training:
At first I wasn’t sure if this was a pick up line, or a business solicitation. Because Scott’s profile picture was so cute, I replied:
We then had a whole private conversation about training etc (I won’t share it all with you because private conversations are meant to remain private), and at the end, we agreed that perhaps I really should give the online coaching services of Team All-American a try for a month.
Truthfully I’ve always been quite hesitant to pay money for personal training, coaching etc because my undergrad is in Kinesiology and Athletic Therapy. I know what I should be doing to get faster and stronger, and have done fairly well coaching myself. I know that speed is a function of strength and stamina, I know a thing or two about periodization, and have an understanding of why hill repeats, plyometrics and lactate threshold are important parts of training for endurance athletes.
So why did I agree?
1. I’ve been lacking motivation
I put together what I feel is a great training plan a month ago, but have been struggling with the accountability and motivation to actually follow it. Knowing that Scott can log in anytime and see my training (or lack of training) on an online platform is motivating. I don’t want to disappoint him by skipping the workouts he planned for me. My favourite running app (iSmoothRun) supports the coaching platform (Training Peaks) and directly uploads my workouts immediately afterwards to Training Peaks.
2. I’ve been getting injured
My hamstrings hate me. I ‘m either getting old, trying to run too fast or ….? While I have the background, I don’t have the experience to know which workouts often lead to injuries.
3. A coach will plan workouts that will help me progress
I have a bad habit of including favourite classes at the gym into my plan regardless of whether they actually are helping me reach my goals just because they are favourite classes. I sent Scott the plan I’ve currently been working from, and he immediately scrapped my favourite weight workouts from it. I suspect that this is because I ‘m in the endurance building phase, not the strength, and the classes are not sport specific training. I suspect that the classes I’ve been doing have also been contributing to my injuries.
Scott sent me my personalized one month plan yesterday, and I started out with my first run today. With Christmas right around the corner this is exactly the motivation I need to stay on track and I can’t wait to see how much my running performance improves!
Have you ever hired a running coach?
PS – Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the US – I hope you have a great day!