If you are a regular athlete you might have thought of hiring yourself a running coach but then you ignore the idea because you are not a fast runner or an Olympian. Or maybe you get scared of all the tough stuff your coach will make you do. But don’t worry. It is not tough. You can get a coach even if you are a newbie runner. A coach will help build an effective training plan. He will help you move in a specific direction. If you go for a run 4 or 5 days a week, there is a chance you will hit a plateau. Having a coach will prevent hitting plateau. Without a coach you will be working hard but not smart.
Here are some solid reasons why you should get a running coach despite being a slow runner or a newbie.
1. If you hire a coach, you get to run and your coach will do the rest of the boring work. Your coach will do technical analysis of your run gait. He will then design training programs that focus on all your weaknesses as a runner. Running is considered a good high-intensity workout. So, if you don’t run wisely you will get seriously injured.
2. By hiring a running coach you will have an expert opinion. A person might claim to know a lot about running but it is always less as compared to a professional. A professional coach gets proper knowledge and training. You will get an experts opinion on when to walk slowly or when you need to speed things up. A running coach will tell you when to do what and most importantly when to rest. A lot of runner workout too hard and take little to no rest. You won’t be able to perform well if you don’t take adequate rest. After every hard-core workout, you have to rest in order to heal your muscles.
3. You can achieve anything if you have courage and consistency. Being a human, you can run short of motivation. You will say to yourself “Is it even worth all the struggle?” This is when you need someone to tell you “You can do it!” You have to be constantly motivated to reach your goal. Your coach will be the one to raise your spirit throughout your journey.
4. Sometimes you skip certain exercises when you are training all by yourself. But with a coach who is in control of your training, you can’t skip any part. This might sound tough but believe you me it is very important. Certain parts of your routine like stretching or pre-race exercises hold much importance. These exercises help warm up your body, so you can lose calories and build strength.
After mentioning all the amazing benefits of a running coach, I am sure you have pretty much made up your mind to hire one. Contact your local gym or club and see if there are any coaches available that do one on one training. If you ask me, Internet is the best place for you to find a coach. Like myself, many coaches have their own blog or website. Search for the one that is in your area. Plus there are online coaches as well offering their incredible services. It is a long-term commitment. Give in your time and do plenty of research to find the right one.
One more thing! When you hire a coach, he will tell you about his plan. You will feel the need to rebel and stop working in the different environment. But don’t run away. Trust is a very important part of training. You need to trust your coach and believe in whatever plan your coach has made for you. Stick to it and hopefully, you will see results.