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Questions To Ask Before Getting a Run Coach

Working with a run coach is something that I highly recommend. Someone who plans for you and takes the stress and thinking out of running so all you have to do is run. But hiring a coach is quite a commitment as the costs associated with it means you gotta do some research before jumping in.

Questions To Ask Before Getting a Run Coach www.carmyy.com

Qualifications


What is this person’s qualifications? There are run “coaches” that I’ve seen that are NOT certified in anything. While I understand that a piece of paper might not translate into a great coach, having certification solidifies their status as a coach. I surprisingly met more than 3 “coaches” who are unlicensed and have led their runners to injury. That’s already 3 too many!

Experience

Does your this run coach actually run? How long have they been coaching? Who have they coached and what do they have to say about their experience?

What are their rates? What is included with the coaching rate?

I know someone who charges less than $100/month and I also know someone who charges $150/month. I got more from the coach who charged me less and felt like I was given more individual attention. I was given a strengthen plan, I got one-on-one sessions, and more. So just because someone has a flashy name and charges more does not mean that they are the better coach.

What kind of access will they offer you? Daily? Weekly? Monthly?

There are benefits to getting your plan a month in advance and then there are benefits to getting our plan weekly. However, it is important to know how often you will be able to “access” your coach. I personally check in with my coach daily but if there’s nothing important on the horizon, I usually check in once a week.

QOTD: What do you look for in a run coach?

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6 thoughts on “Questions To Ask Before Getting a Run Coach

  1. I think on the other side, it’s also important to consider if you’re willing to give up control and follow a plan, and check in with your coach on a semi-regular basis so modifications can be made.

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a run coach at some point but I’m still undecided if it’s worth it. That said, I LOVE having someone plan my workouts & just telling me what to do, instead of figuring it out on my own.

  3. These are great tips and thoughts! Especially about when will they be available. It’s important to find a coach that is available when you are!

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