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

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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?

Listen to Your Body

Quick Tip-A Word of Advice, You Need to Listen to Your Body

When is the last time you actually took a minute to listen to your body?

And for the record, I don’t mean the voice in your head or your (possibly) guilty conscious? (cue Eminem and Dr. Dre)

What I mean is actually listening to what your body is trying to tell you when it comes to running. What are you feet saying to you? Your knees? Your legs? Your whole body?

I’m sure most of us have had an instance where one part of our bodies was really barking at us, but if you slow down and really listen to your body you’ll be amazed at what it’s trying to tell you.

Listen to Your Body

Why Do You Need to Listen to Your Body?

Runners are Terrible Listeners

When was the last time you heard a fellow runners say something along the lines of “My knee is bugging me a little bit, but I bet it’ll loosen up during today’s run.”

I’m guessing it hasn’t been that long.

How long has it been since you’ve said something like that?

Your Body is Trying to Tell You Something

Look, I’m as guilty as anyone, but when “something is bugging you/doesn’t feel right” that is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.

If you continue to ignore your body long enough, and continue to run, eventually something is going to break down.

Runners are notorious for getting injured at some point during their running careers, and the vast majority of time those injuries started out as something small that progressively got worse over several weeks/months.

But if we are willing to look back honestly, almost every time our bodies were trying to tell us that something was wrong, and we simply ignored it.

Listen to Your Body

So stop ignoring what your body is trying to tell you, or it will be forced to track dramatic action.

Listen to Your Body

Don’t Listen to Your Body? It’ll Get Your Attention Eventually!

Our bodies do a great job of telling us to ease off the gas, take a little break, or just go to bed earlier so it can make the necessary repairs for us to run farther/faster.

We do a terrible job of listening.

It’s up to us to change that.

Press play below, to hear me talking about a few things your body might be trying to tell you that you’re not paying attention to!

What Messages Has Your Body Been Trying to Tell You That You’ve Been Ignoring?

Running with a Baby

Quick Tip: Running With a Baby in Tow

After reading and posting Andy’s guest post about being a runner and a parent on Wednesday, it got my wheels turning about my running future with Adi in the fold.

So for today’s quick tip, I want to take the opportunity to build on Andy’s post and talk about what it’s been like running with a baby so far.

Keep in mind, my rugrat is still only 10 months old, so I’m still far from a master when it comes to running with a baby, but here are a few things I’ve learned if running and parenting are as non-negotiable to you as they are to me.

Running with a Baby

Don’t Be Fooled By Her Mean Mug.
She Loves Running!

Tips for Running With a Baby

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My Apology to All Running Newbies

Quick Tip–We Were All Running Newbies Once….

I’d like to dedicate today’s quick tip episode/post to all of the running newbies out there, and apologize for those of us (myself ABSOLUTELY included) that have been running/racing for awhile and have forgotten what it’s like to be doing something for the first time.

My Apology to All Running Newbies

Can We Still Be Friends?

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry that I get upset and/or frustrated when you do something that you have absolutely no idea that you’re doing.

I’m sorry that I don’t have a more tactful way of broaching the subject than to just leer at you and mumble under my breath.

I’m sorry that I’ve been an ass on more than one occasion.

And I’m sorry that I’m not the only one that has done all of these things to you running newbies, and potentially done some things that are even worse than those that I mentioned.

The fact is, that running newbies tend to do some things that irk some of us more seasoned runners, but we need to remember that they are not doing it out of spite or out of ignorance, they just simply don’t know better. (And yes, in some cases not knowing can be considered ignorance, but that doesn’t apply in this case.)

There are hundreds of “rules of the road” or pieces of “running etiquette” that we should all strive to follow, yet if we are honest, none of us know all of them and all of us break the rules from time to time.

But seriously, no one out there running their first few races is purposely trying to screw up your race. I promise.

So when someone commits a running faux pas, instead of being a dick when they apologize (and even if they don’t apologize, since remember they probably didn’t realize it was a faux pas in the first place) just go with the flow and get back to running your own race.

What are some of the faux pas that I’m talking about? Press play below to find out!