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A New Kind of Training Group for Runners: The Coterie

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about coaching, and specifically asking if I offer a group coaching program.

I’ve said before, and I still believe, that I don’t like the idea of a one-size-fits-all training plan. And that belief has been a reason that I’ve avoided the idea of a group training program.

But I think I’ve cracked the code.

I’m proud to announce the Coterie to you today.

You can click the video above for some more of the lowdown, but here are a few of the highlights: Read more

Choosing the Right Running Coach for You and Your Goals (with Video)

For many runners, especially us “regular runners”, the thought of working with a running coach may seem like a luxury.

While it’s true that hiring a coach is not a requirement, there are many benefits for working with a running coach no matter how much experience you (do or don’t) have, and regardless of how fast you run.

But how do you go about choosing the right running coach for you?

Too often, the decision is made based on price and/or name recognition. I would argue that those factors should be considered, but they shouldn’t be the primary reason that one coach is hired over another.

When it comes to choosing the right running coach for you, the most important thing to consider is how you and the potential coach get along. Because the better you get along, the better your chances are of success.

No matter how famous the coach may be.

Have You Ever Thought About/Have Experience Working With a Running Coach? What are the Most Important Things About a Coach You’d Consider Hiring?

Questions to Ask a Running Coach

Quick Tip-Questions You Should Ask a Running Coach? (Before You Begin)

How do you make decisions about purchases that you make in your life?

I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I’d imagine that you probably do some research about whatever you are thinking about getting to determine if it’s worth what you’re going to have to pay for it. And the more something costs, typically, the more research you’re going to do to make sure that the value of the product/service that you’ll receive is more than the monetary cost.

Yet when it comes to working with a running coach, many people ask a running coach what it will cost to work with them and that’s it.

Believe me, there are many more questions you should be asking before you decide what coach you are going to (possibly) hire.

Questions to Ask a Running Coach

Ask a Running Coach

What You Need to Ask a Running Coach Before Worrying About the Price

I understand that how much a coach costs will impact whether or not you can work with him or her. Read more

Should I Hire a Running Coach? (with Video)

Recently, a member of our Facebook group asked a question about knowing when he should hire a running coach.

As a running coach, I honestly feel like there is no “right time” for deciding to work with a coach. I think that all runners, from brand new to seasoned vets, can benefit from working with a coach. But it’s important to also realize that not every coach is the right fit for each runner.

So in this video, I go into a little more depth about helping you answer the question of whether or not you’d like to work with a coach.

And if you’re interested in possibly working with me, let’s chat soon!

Do You Think a Running Coach Could Help You? Why or Why Not?

2014 Christmas Gifts for Runners-Training Aids

Christmas 2014



As the holidays approach, the search for the perfect gift for each person on your list will only intensify. If you are shopping for a runner this year, over the next few weeks I’ll continue to give you dozens of gift ideas for runners in a number of different running categories. To revisit the categories I’ve already talked about, click here.

Best Gifts for Runners

Today, I will be looking at some of the training aids that many runners can use to help them get faster/run farther/stay healthy/become better overall runners.

If you’d like to download a list of all of the items listed on this post (with clickable links to make shopping easy) and talked about in the podcast episode, simply click here.

Training Aids for Runners

  • Coaching–One of the quickest ways for a runner to improve his or her performance is to work with a running coach. Hiring a coach may seem like something that is for elite runners only, but there are a lot of reasons why new runners can benefit from working with a coach, as well as those that have been running for awhile. A good coaching program will help all runners improve, while minimizing risk of injury or burnout, faster than many runners will be able to improve on their own.
  • TRX System–For whatever reason, there is still a large portion of the running community that thinks that strength training isn’t important. I can’t stress the importance of strength training enough, and the TRX System is the perfect piece of equipment for runners to work their entire body from the comfort of their own homes. There is literally nothing you can’t work with the TRX, and I believe that all runners will improve if they start working the muscles in their entire body.
  • Resistance Bands–Another great option for runners to get a whole body workout is to use resistance bands. Buy a pack with a few different levels of resistance to work different muscle groups and to progress as they build strength.
  • Exercise Ball–An exercise ball is a great tool for working the entire core, and it can also be used to work the upper and lower body as well. Core stability is vital for runners, especially those running longer distances, and doing work on an exercise ball is much more difficult than doing many of the same exercises on the floor.
  • Namaste Yoga DVD–Most runners have poor flexibility. A great way to improve as a runner, and to feel better overall, is to do yoga on a regular basis. Most yoga videos have a stigma about being long and boring, but the Namaste Yoga series is my absolute favorite because each yoga routine is only 22 minutes and there is constant movement throughout each session. I’ve tried a handful of other yoga DVDs, and this is hands down the best I’ve ever used.
  • Gift Card to Local Running Store–I love supporting small businesses, and the local running store is perhaps my favorite place to support. And believe me, every runner on your list has something at the running store they’d love to buy but haven’t, so a gift card makes a great gift!
  • Membership for Gym/Pool/Yoga Studio–Another way to support local business and help your runner improve is to give a gift certificate/membership to one of these options. All offer great cross training opportunities for runners, and also a chance to improve their all around fitness.

Click here for a downloadable list of my favorite training aids, with clickable Amazon links, to make your holiday shopping as easy as possible!