I have never had a coach nor am I sure that I will ever hire one.
But if I did, here’s what would be important for ME:
I know a certified coach has to start somewhere but I would prefer not to be her his/her first client.
They need to have coached before and maybe even have coached someone else with needs similar to mine or who was training for the same distance.
Also he/she needs to be experienced as a runner and one who is faster than I am (No offense…)
I’m not a professional nor do I have unlimited funds to spend on running. So the cost would have to reasonable and paid monthly.
In-person would be ideal but at least through email, text and social networking. I would expect prompt and thoughtful responses to my questions.
I would want to be given a training plan but not one that I could not adapt to my changing needs or life schedule.
5. Presence at my goal race
Obviously this may not be possible. But it would be incredibility supportive and helpful.
Remember that every runner is different. My needs or preferences may not be the same as yours.
Many of you who are reading this post may be certified running coaches. Many of the bloggers that I know are also certified coaches and based on what I have read, they would be great coaches… so maybe someday we will work together???
And if any of my readers are looking to hire a coach. here are some helpful links:
Happy Running! Do you have a coach or have you ever had one? What was important when choosing him/her? Please share.
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