The internet is an all-knowing God to most of us. We look to it for advice when it comes to anything, from food to medication and also, in our case- Running. But most fitness plans are general, and do not (and cannot) refer to your specific body type. This is where things can go wrong- aches can develop, injuries can be caused, and you might not be reaching that target you set for yourself. This is also where a coach needs to come in.
Professional marathon runners can think of it as a method of cheating. But it isn’t. In fact, if you are aiming at reaching a goal in terms of your running, delegate the planning of your sessions and training cycles to a professional, and focus on your execution of these alone. Now you can spend fewer hours pouring over manuals and advice forums and get an expert to tell you exactly what you need to do, and side by side, monitor your results.
Two heads are always better than one, and in this case, a coach can offer you a different point of view about how to go about doing what you do. You will be made to step out of your comfort zone and push yourself harder. And best of all, you will be made to come face to face with an objective point of view regarding your running and your results- something that’s very difficult for us to do ourselves!
Lastly, and most evidently, a coach tailors your training programme according to your body. For example, if you have certain problem areas that are more susceptible to wear and tear, a coach will guide you precisely in order to overcome those issues, and run better. In short, running coaches aim at bringing out the best in every runner they work with, and if you are willing to invest in bettering the runner in you, why not?
Have you been coached, and has it made a difference in your performance?