What is a Running Coach? Why Should You Hire One?

So, you may be wondering what is a Running Coach anyway? And why should you hire one?

Why not just try running on your own? There are many benefits to working with a certified running coach. Whether you are an experienced runner trying to improve your performance or a brand new runner who wants to get started in a healthy way, working with a running coach can be very beneficial!

1. Reach your Running Goals in a Safe and Healthy Way

I don’t know about you but when I first started running, I didn’t know much about it. I went out there and just tried it. And guess what? I made a ton of mistakes! I write a bit about one of my big mistakes with running shoes in in my Running Shoe FAQ’s post. Basically, I learned a lot of things the hard way and risked injury time and time again. It took me years to know all of the things I know now about running.

Also, becoming a Certified Running Coach really took my running knowledge to the next level. I’m sharing this because I don’t want you to have to go through the same thing I went through. I want you to be able to learn all the tips and tricks to running right off the bat. You don’t need to make all the mistakes. I can provide guidance to help you avoid injury and train for your goal in a safe way, based on my experience and RRCA Certification training knowledge.

A coach can help you to improve your overall performance and reach your running goals in a safe and healthy way. Run coaches are trained specifically on techniques to help runners improve their performance. That includes methods to increase pace, increase run length, and fuel and hydrate properly in a way that minimizes your risk for injury.

This is so critically important in a sport like running which can be a high risk sport, especially if you’re new to it or don’t know what you’re doing.

2. Motivation and Support

A running coach can be a great source of motivation and support! As your coach, I want to see you succeed and reach your goals! Seeing my athletes succeed is my favorite part of being a Running Coach!

When you are trying to commit to a training program alone, it can be hard to stay committed by yourself. A running coach can help you stay accountable and be the cheerleader you need to complete your workouts!

As a Running Coach, I love to support my athletes and provide motivation to them. I create and send out a monthly newsletter exclusively to my athletes called Running & Wellness. Running & Wellness provides updates, running education, motivation strategies, and mental wellness tips.

As your running coach, I will pick you up after a training disappointment and celebrate with you after you crush a new goal!

3. Guidance and Advice

If you’re just starting out, you probably have a lot of questions and are looking for some general guidance. A running coach can help you with everything from how to find a good pair of running shoes to what to expect at your first race.

As I mentioned earlier, you will learn from my own experience and training and receive advice that will help you to improve as a runner! Working with a running coach can help put your mind at ease so that you can just focus on your runs!

4. Working with a Running Coach can Take Your Running Performance to the Next Level

No matter how long you have been running, working with a running coach can elevate your running performance to the next level. If you have been using the same techniques and getting the same results for a long time, it might be time to look into whether a coach can help you improve your performance.

You may have already been running for a while, but you are stuck in a rut and looking to change things up. You would be surprised how getting a fresh perspective on your training and techniques can you help you!

Working with a running coach can be a running game-changer that allows you to reach new goals that you didn’t know you were capable of.

Want to work with me? Reach out to me at lauren@runningforwellness.com.

You can also check out my Run Coaching page for more information about the different run coaching plans I offer!

Happy Running!

-Coach Lauren

Here are a few other posts you might be interested in:

Tips for Running in the Cold

The Surprising Benefits of Running Hills

My Secret Hack to Save Money on Running Shoes

What is a Running Coach? Why Should You Hire One?

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