I know I have mentioned it before, but I have gone back and forth on the entire “hiring a coach” thing. Since I decided to hold off on the marathon training for the fall, I didn’t really see the point. BUT…with the Atlanta Track Club membership I have, I get a free coach for 6 months. May as well take advantage, right?
I met my coach before I ran Big Sur. I told him what I have said here. I love getting faster, but I have really enjoyed having fun this spring too. I also told him that my body was tired of marathon training at the moment (hello heat and summer in the South). He told me I needed to pick a key race for the fall and all other races would be more training runs, not races.
He gave my body time to recover from the marathon and we made plans to meet last week. I wasn’t sure what his plan for me was going to be and I found but he wanted to show me drills. I have followed many training plans, but never done drills or strides. We did a warm up run (about 3 miles) and then the drills. In 90 degree heat. After I did Flybarre last week. To say I was tired and hot and cranky would be an understatement but I don’t think Coach knew it.
I videoed Coach doing short versions of the drills so I could remember all of them, and figured yall may want to check it out too (pardon the random okays and my accent). I did the first exercise/drill for 15 steps out and and came back. I “marked” the out spot and repeated each drill to that point and went back. Repeat for each one (hope that makes sense).
My plan is to add another day of running to my schedule, do these drills during/after a run during the week and after my long run. I will also do strides after my long(er) run. Coach hasn’t set a “strict” schedule or plan-no mileage goals, times, speed work,etc. He says if I do these drills/strides regularly I will see changes-not immediately-but in the long term and it will help with my beautiful heel strike and awesome running form.
I may consider “hiring” a coach once my free coaching is up in October. I guess it depends on my race schedule though and my marathon training.
Have you used a coach before? Did it help? Do you do drills and strides on a regular basis?