What do you think it would be like to live with your running coach? Convenient? Stressful? Annoying? Over the past 4 months that I have been coaching Rob for his marathon I’m pretty sure he’s felt it was all of those things, and more. We have been talking about the pros and cons of having a live-in running coach, so I thought I was share some of them.
This one is good for the coach, and may not be so great for the athlete. If Rob skipped a workout, or slacked on his exercises, I would know. I would also know whether or not he had a valid excuse! I think this helped him to stay motivated, but I’m sure it was annoying at times. Like that day he got home from work ready to lay on the couch and I was like “I thought you were gonna bike tonight?” He had completely forgotten (because he usually does it in the morning). But there I was to remind him- and not feed him dinner until he got it done.
Early to bed, early to rise
There’s no staying up late or sleeping in when you live with your coach. Rob refuses to set an alarm, but why would he need one when I will just come wake him up? He would need to get up around 5:15 for most of his workouts, but I was usually up already around 4:30. So I would have the coffee ready to go and then drag him out of bed to go run. Of course, I also made sure he got to bed at a decent time. I also think that knowing I would be there to wake him up early taught him to go to sleep early.
Beyond the running
I was constantly telling him to foam roll. Did he listen? Not usually. But I was that little voice in his head reminding him to do all those little things that runners should do. Not only was I his running coach, but also personal chef and sometimes driver. (Who wants to drive after running 20 miles?)
I was literally there all the time to give immediate feedback about a run or a workout. When he had a tough run, I could easily figure out why (based on weather, route, other workouts that week, sleep, etc….I knew it all!). It was also simpler to make adjustments when our schedules changed.
Wednesdays and Sundays were his cross training/strength training days. Usually on Wednesdays I was also in the basement strength training. During that time I was constantly making notes about his effort on the bike, form during exercises, etc. I think it was helpful…he may not agree.
For him I think the best part of this deal was that it was “free”. I put that in quotes because is anything really free? I think he would say it was a perk of being married to me. And if you were to read between the lines you can probably tell that I can be a little type A even when I’m not coaching.
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Would you ever coach your spouse or have them coach you?
What do you think would be the pros/cons of living with your coach?