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?

ECHO Half Marathon

2015 ECHO Half Marathon: The Good, The Bad, & The Heartbreak

There are two mottos that I tend to live by in life:

  1. Peer pressure is no fun until you give in.
  2. If it’s free, it’s for me!

So when the world allows itself to become aligned such that I’m being peer pressured into something that’s free, it’s nearly impossible for me to resist.

Especially if it involves racing.

When the opportunity arose to run the 2015 ECHO Half Marathon for free, I simply could not resist the temptation.

So I signed up for a half marathon in Central Florida in June.

ECHO Half Marathon

Just Past the 13 Mile Mark at the ECHO Half Marathon

What could go wrong, eh? Read more

National Running Day is Coming Up Quick!

Tomorrow is the 7th annual National Running Day, and I actually remembered it this year BEFORE it happened!

Usually, I’ll forget about it until I see twitter blowing up about it, but not this year.

If you’ve never heard of National Running Day, check out the video where I talk a little about the history of the “holiday” and some of the ways you can celebrate the day tomorrow. Besides running, of course.

And if you’d like some more info on “the best day of the year” check out the National Running Day website!

What Are You Planning to Do to Celebrate National Running Day?

Tips for Running in the Rain

Running in the Rain

There are few constants in this world.

Death. Taxes.

And the daily summer afternoon downpour here in Florida.

Tips for Running in the Rain

Tips for Running in the Rain

But no matter where you call home, I’d absolutely recommend you try to go running in the rain at least once this summer.

I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about running in a downpour and splashing through every puddle possible.

So  this summer, when the temps are up and the rain is coming down, I challenge you to lace em up and head out.

But before you do, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

8 Tips for Running in the Rain

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Knowing the Difference Between Pain and Soreness

Quick Tip: Knowing the Difference Between Pain and Soreness

In last week’s quick tip post, I talked about the importance of listening to what your body is trying to tell you.

But what happens if you’re not exactly sure WHAT your body is trying to tell you?

No message from your body is more confusing, especially to new runners, than the difference between pain and soreness.

What is the Difference Between Pain and Soreness?

If only this were an easy question to answer.

Knowing the Difference Between Pain and Soreness

Knowing the Difference Between Pain and Soreness

Trying to define what constitutes pain and what constitutes soreness is like asking someone what constitutes pretty and what constitutes ugly.

In short, it’s going to be different for every individual.

That said, when you’re feeling discomfort before, during, or after a run, how would you describe it?

Sharp? Intense? On fire? Burning? Throbbing?

Achey? Stiff? Tight? Dull? Lingering? Heavy? Dead?

The first group of words are the type of adjectives more often used when describing pain, and the second set is much more likely to describe soreness.

Knowing the Difference Between Pain and Soreness is Important

Why does it matter?

You shouldn’t try to run through pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is legitimately wrong, and if you keep running odds are you’re going to make the situation worse.

And you don’t want to do that.

If you’re dealing with pain during or after a run, take a few days off and reassess the situation. And if you need/want a second opinion, let’s talk and I’ll see what I can do to help.

But if you’re just dealing with soreness, you’re probably ok to push through (if you want) without worrying about doing any additional damage.

That said, you may want to dial back the intensity and/or shorten the distance of that day’s workout. The soreness is your body’s way of telling you that you it’s still recovering after a previous workout, so it is definitely prudent to not push too hard if you are pretty sore.

Still Confused?

Go ahead and press play below, and I’ll get into a few more things to consider when it comes to the difference between pain and soreness for runners.

How Do You Define the Difference Between Pain and Soreness for Yourself?