Be Your Best: A Personal Coaching Philosophy
Your goal is simple: to improve your running by increasing your ability to endure long distances, blaze through fast miles, or both! A good coach with a strong coaching philosophy can help you work hard, realize your potential, and achieve your goals.
Recently, I embarked on my own coaching journey in order to help others live their best lives. What follows is my unique approach to coaching and my philosophy on life and training. Enjoy!
My Coaching Philosophy
My coaching philosophy can be boiled down to this:
- You don’t have to be the best, you just have be your best
- Consistent, specific training
- No excuses, do the work
- Leave your limits at the door – don’t think you can, know you can
It can feel difficult to know how to become a stronger runner. With so many cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all training plans out there, you may feel lost. No matter which path you choose, you seem to end up back where you started. This leaves you wondering which aspect of your training is going wrong: did you do the correct pacing? Workouts? Did you get enough recovery? With so many pieces to the puzzle, it is easy to feel confused, even frustrated, taking the joy out of pursuing your goal.
Cookie-cutter plans may provide a good template for a training schedule, but for many people, they seem inflexible. These plans are not created with an athlete’s individual needs in mind. This means you are more likely to fall short of your goal or end up injured because everybody (and every body) is different. Some need more rest between hard efforts, others may not be ready to take on track workouts, while others may be able to handle a higher training load.
This is where a good coach comes into play.
The truth is, there is no magic bullet for training, no special secret that will make you an overnight sensation. I can promise you that consistent, specific, focused training is the key. In running, just like in life, you get out of it exactly what you put into it.
I have been down many training paths. I have found what works for me, and what doesn’t work for me. I have researched training theories and various methodologies to find how I can get the best out of myself. Here’s a quick overview of my running journey:
My Running Journey
I started running around 2007 as a way to get out of the library or labs in college (go Badgers!). I could barely run a mile on my first “run” and I was clueless on pace. Running slowly evolved into a full blown passion as I saw the effort and consistent work pay off. I began running 5ks and 10ks without any specific training and enjoying the competition.
In the spring of 2010, I ran my first half marathon; in the fall, I ran my first marathon in Chicago in a time of 4:28. Afterwards, I spent a few years focusing on marathons, training, and slowly adding more miles while experimenting with different workouts. Three years later, I qualified for Boston at Grandma’s Marathon. A year later I won the Wausau Marathon. Then, in 2015, I finally realized the once impossible dream of running in the Boston Marathon, finishing with a time of 2:52.
Recently, I felt I needed to reinvent my training. At the beginning of 2016, I worked with Coach Dennis Barker while training for another Grandma’s Marathon. Despite the hot conditions, I powered through for a new personal record of 2:49.
My current goal is to show friends, family, and whoever will listen that you do not have to run a marathon to be a “runner”.
In 2007, I would have laughed if you said I was going to run a marathon. Running has changed my life, and because of this I believe the only limits we have are those we impose upon ourselves
Our bodies are intricate machines ready to be tuned for spectacular performances, and inside all of us is a beast waiting to be set free; to blaze a trail through uncharted territory.
Be Your Best and Conquer Your Next Goal
If you want to improve your running ability, I will help you reach those goals, break through “limits,” and then keep reaching for more! It doesn’t matter if you are new to running and learning to log miles, or a seasoned veteran grinding out intervals on the track. I will help focus your training and do my best to keep you healthy and consistent in order to finely tune the machine while strengthening the beast for race day.
What I will do:
- Design a training schedule that works with your life and pushes you towards your goals.
- Help adjust your schedule, as needed, to fit in races, recovery, and life’s random adventures.
- Be available for contact via phone, email, or in person (if you’re in the Twin Cities area) for advice and motivation.
- Push you to give everything you’ve got, and show you there’s always more!
You don’t have to be the best, you just have to be your best.
If you would like more information about working with me, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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