Last week I finally did something I’ve considered doing for over a year now… I hired a running coach!
I love researching training and putting plans together, but it’s becoming exhausting mentally to coach myself. I am ready to have an extra set of eyes on my training and be smart about when to push and when to pull back and recover.
So this week I began working with Tia, who blogs at Arkansas Running Mom. We connected on social media over 4 or 5 years ago, when I lived in Houston and she came to Houston to run the marathon.
At the time, she was my current age and had just finished having her children and was getting back into training. I’ve always been able to relate to her on a personal level as a busy mom and admire her dedication and running talent! I was nervous that my Type A personality wouldn’t be able to let go of having the control, but honestly, it’s been amazing.
I love not worrying about what my runs will look like and having the prescribed paces. It’s really fun to get the coaching experience from the other side, too!
It’s an unusual start, as I have a 5k this weekend, 10k next weekend and then the NJ half at the end of the month, but I love the way she organized my training. So here’s to new beginnings!
Do you work with a running coach, or have you considered hiring one?
Do you find you push yourself too hard on your own, or you hold yourself back?