I’ve long thought about looking into sharing my love of
And have also been reviewing and adjusting a pre-existing plan for this local Phoenix-blogger:
Throughout my 4 years of running I’ve gone from running 10:30 minute miles (at MOST half a mile at a time) to 7:30 minute miles (20 miles at a time) for my long runs. Oh, and in that time I’ve had about every injury you can think of (Stress fracture, tendonitis in my foot & knee, pulled calf muscles, etc), made every bonehead training mistake possible, and tried to learn from each of them as much as possible.
- Accountability – believe me, when you have an email / tweet / message waiting for you asking how your run went, it only takes a few guilty excuse laden ramblings to start to avoid missing workouts
- Plan tailored to your own needs based on current workouts/injuries/schedule - Just like the people on Jerry Springer say “You don’t know me!!!”. Hal Higdon doesn’t know me (actually he does) neither does Jack Daniels (opps, this guy does I think). The plans that you find online will require some tweaking based on this crazy thing called “life”. A coach will know what run is OK to miss, which one is essential to get in, and when to call you dirty names and tell you to suck it up
- Sounding board / Mentor - My family exercises, but none of them want to discuss which pace I should do my 400m intervals. My friends think 400 is the cost to fill up your tank with gas. Sometimes, it is just nice to know that there is someone that you can call / email and ask questions about running – someone who has been there, done that
- Someone to have confidence in you even when you don't in yourself – If you’ve ever ran with a faster friend or been chased by a cougar, you know that the body is capable of amazing things. A coach reminds you of this and pushes you just a bit beyond your comfort zone
So, if you’re looking for some direction, no matter if you are completely clueless or are just looking for a nudge, shoot me an email: TheBoringRunner@Gmail.com. If nothing else, we can swap horror stories about injuries or scars. I’ll send pictures. It won’t be creepy at ALL.