After months of debating about a fall race, I finally bit the bullet and decided to run a marathon at the end of November. I knew that if I did a full it would be the Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, because Rob had already signed up, and we were planning to incorporate it into a trip to visit his sister’s family in Arkansas. The question had been if I would sign up for the half or the full.
So after weeks and weeks of slowly building my mileage and feeling good, I decided to commit to the full. Obviously I could always switch to the half if I feel like that is a better option as I move forward with my training.
As I started to think about my plans and goals for this race, I began getting really overwhelmed. I stared at a blank excel sheet (that I usually use to start drafting my training plan) and had no idea where to begin. I wanted to do things better this time around, but I wasn’t sure what that would look like.
I think my training for Philly went really well, but I wasn’t sure what changes I would want to make in order to have an even more successful race this time around. I knew I wanted to keep doing the strength training and core work, but wasn’t sure exactly how to work that into my running. I had other questions floating around my head such as if it was worth continuing the little bit of yoga I was doing, what my goal should be, and how many 20 milers I should do.
Previously, I felt really comfortable making these decisions for myself, so I’m not sure why this time around I was so indecisive. I think part of it has to do with coaching others. As I have gotten more experience making these types of recommendations for others, I no longer feel like I am capable of making them for myself for some reason.
Which is why I decided to work with a coach! After considering this for about a month and weighing my options, I contacted Kristy. I had been following her blog since before I had my own and had always been impressed with her running and training expertise. We spoke on the phone last weekend and I already feel so relieved about having someone to guide me through this training cycle.
I’ve always heard that in order to be a good coach it’s important to know what it feels liked to be on the other end, so I think this will also help my own coaching. In the past it was always a matter of feeling like I would be paying for a service that I could do on my own. However, I have come to realize that it is much different to have an outside perspective helping you through the training process.
So I’m taking this week to relax and prepare for training to begin on Monday. I haven’t run since Saturday, and with each day that goes by I become more and more excited for training to begin. I believe that my eagerness is a sign that I made the right decision.
Here we go again!
Have you ever worked with a running coach?
How do you usually decide on a training plan?