Today I’m going a few easy miles with a woman that comes highly recommended.
She has been a runner for most of her life and she has also become a coach to help others reach their potential in the sport.
I’m looking forward to talking shop with Lindsey Cope on the show today.
In It For The Long Run
Lindsey is admittedly much more suited for endurance rather than speed.
She loves running long so much that she completed her first marathon at the age of 17.
Her love for running began at a young age by watching her dad run.
In the beginning, she would ride her bike while he ran, but over time she slowly transitioned to running with him.
Lindsey was homeschooled all but her senior year of high school.
She experienced a brief stint on both her high school track team as well as her college cross country team as a freshman.
After her freshman year on the team, Lindsey didn’t return to collegiate running due to an injury she suffered training for her second marathon.
The following year, around 2011, Lindsey took a hiatus from running for a few years.
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Making Her Comeback
Lindsey moved to Chicago in 2015 in order to pursue a masters degree.
It was during that time in a new city that she once again laced up her shoes and went for a run.
Instagram was fairly new at the time and Lindsey found inspiration through following some local runners.
As a way to stay motivated, Lindsey signed up to do a 50k with her dad.
The ultra took place along the Lakefront of Chicago and she had 6 months to train.
The weather was less than ideal, but she finished the race and has since completed 2 other 50k’s and a 50-mile race.
Lindsey has big running goals for the future which include another 50-mile race along with eventually running a BQ.
Lindsey’s background is as a social worker and she has always been comfortable working with others.
Her affinity for helping others would make her transition to becoming a running coach a natural one.
After taking some classes, Lindsey began her coaching business 2 years ago.
Even with being a coach herself, Lindsey still has a coach for herself.
Hiring a coach can be useful for many reasons including having someone that can be objective with your training.
Along with helping her athletes to improve, Lindsey’s own running has grown throughout the process as well.
Her most helpful advice for her runners is to run your easy runs easy and really push on the hard runs.
Each athlete is an individual and she tailors the training to reflect that.
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