Why You Need a Running coach
Using a running coach was the single most important thing I did this year to set a 37 minute marathon PR. Sure, I worked hard, ate better and (tried) to get more sleep. However, had I not sought the wisdom from a running coach, I wouldn’t have known what to do.
I recently talked with Antonio Vega of Team USA Minnesota and running coach with Zoom Performance. I picked his brain some of his training philosophy and how an “middle of the pack runner” like myself could benefit from a running coach. I thought you might benefit from some of the reasons he gave.
Below are Antonio’s answers to my (many) questions about why I think you should use a running coach.
Why Does Someone Need a Running Coach?
“Everyone has goals. From finishing your first marathon, qualifying for Boston or just getting in better shape. A coach keeps you accountable and guides you towards those goals. They listen to what you’re doing and help you adapt as needed.
A coach also takes the guess work out of your training. With a running coach, you get feedback to make adjustments. A running coach will focus your energy and keep you on track at every stage of training. Any feedback you get during your training will help tremendously for any upcoming races. Having a running coach will give you someone to confide in about how your training is going.”
What is your Coaching Philosophy?
“As a running coach, I look at an athlete’s strength and weakness. Each program needs to be tailored to play on each athlete’s strengths. Some runners can handle a lot of mileage in their training while others benefit more from speed workouts. With any athlete we look at the background that they are coming from.
Ultimately, every runner will benefit from a combination of speed workouts, more miles and consistency in training.”
How do you help your Athletes get Faster?
“It’s a combination of several things, but getting faster has two main components; your running form and consistent training. With improved running form you are more efficient and able to get from point A to point B using less energy. Becoming more consistent involves running more miles, and doing more workouts.
With anything the more you do it the better you become. Having a running coach with experience training athletes of all ability levels will keep you motivated and healthy during the build up to your race.”
What Benefits have you seen from Having your own Running Coach?
“I have a hard time taking emotion out of my training. I fall into the path of more is better. My coach is able to give me perspective and not fall into one of a few extremes. If I had to coach myself I would try to run 300 miles a week and skip the easy days. A lot of runners think more is better. That can lead to injury. Running coaches are good an helping you to avoid that.”
What should Someone look for when Finding a Running Coach?
“You should definitely look at the experience of a coach. What level of athletes do they typically work with? The amount of access you will have to the coach is also something to consider. Do you want someone to check in once a week, or someone who runs with you every day? Either way, the biggest benefit you’ll get with a coach is feedback about your training.”
How much does Coaching Cost?
“This is often people’s first question. Our Zoom performance running coaches have a verity of different coaching packages. It all depends on what you’re looking for.”
Need a Coach?
Do you have a goal you’d like help achieving? From a specific finishing time, to a new race distance (or your first), we’re here to help you find a running coach. If you’d like access to a running coach, leave a comment below telling us why, or contact us via email, and we’ll help connect you with one.