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.
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!
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?