Wednesday, March 5, 2014

From Now On, My Training Is Up To Coach Matt

These past few years, I've enjoyed planning my own training. I love reading up on training philosophies and workouts and then applying these things to my own running. But this year, I've decided the time has come to start working with a coach. 

This year is all about chasing down big running goals and being successful seems a lot more likely with the help of a running expert. So beginning this week, I'm working with Matt Thull from Thunderdome Running



I already reviewed the plan for the next four weeks and I have to say, I'm really excited about what's to come. The thing about creating my own training plan, was the tendency is to do the same types of workouts and runs, again and again. This led to falling into a bit of a rut and made improvements hard to come by. The plan from Matt, however, has a lot of variety and some new workouts that I can't wait to run. 

Also, having someone else plan my training really reduces a lot of stress. All I need to do is follow the plan I'm given! No more worrying about how many miles I should run and at what paces with what recovery. Now, I just run what I'm given and I can be confident that I'm doing exactly what I should be doing on that given day. Easy :)

Of course, there's also the accountability factor. Do I ever want to tell Matt that I wimped out on the last few repeats of a workout? Or decided to run a bit slower than planned? Nope. It's not even a possibility. With someone to report to, I'll make sure the work gets done, every time.

So it's truly the year for aiming high and getting after my goals like never before. And with help from Matt and Thunderdome Running, I know the sky's the limit!

My questions for you:
  • Do you work with a running coach or have you ever worked with a running coach? What do/did you like about working with one?
  • If you don't work with a coach, what do you see as the potential benefits of working with one?
  • A random, non-running question: Anyone get a Shamrock Shake yet? 

I'll admit, those shakes are one of my guiltiest pleasures :)

- ST

10 comments:

  1. Good move Sun! I think Matt will definitely take your running to a new level. I love having a coach because like you said, you just trust the training, trust your coach, and focus on your training without worrying. Can't wait to see what you accomplish!

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    1. Thanks Ari! I already feel much more confident in my running just knowing that someone else is helping me figure things out. Such a help :)

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  2. I thought I commented earlier, but I think I forgot to press the submit button, anyways :).. Looking forward to hearing about your training with your new coach! I coach myself right now and try my past coaches' training perspectives and pick out what works for me and what doesn't. For me, the benefits of working with one now would be having someone to tell me to take it easy sometimes and introducing some new workouts. And I've never had a Shamrock Shake! I've heard amazing things about them though. :)

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    1. Hailey, you need to get yourself a Shamrock Shake, stat! :)

      It is really nice to have someone else dictate the paces. Makes it easier to just run!

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  3. I just started running a couple years ago and sometimes I wonder if having a coach would help me. I read what I can but sometimes it's hard to figure out what exactly would work best for me. It sounds like working with Matt will be great for you! I haven't had a Shamrock Shake for years! Thanks for planting the idea... :-)

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    1. I know what you mean - I used to wonder if I was doing the right workouts at the right point in my training for the distance I was to race. It can get complicated! As for the Shamrock Shake, get one soon - I hear they are leaving stores soon! :)

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  4. That is so awesome that you have a coach! I am so type A that I don't like other people telling me what to do so I probably wouldn't work great with a coach. I've always been a march to the beat of my own drum person!

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    1. Nothing wrong with that! Although I'm sure there are some coaches who could work with that should you ever decide to give one a try :)

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  5. Exciting decision!

    When I have big goals, I follow a pretty strict plan from my running coach. Sometimes it does stress me out, but I've learned I just really need to be honest with him about how I'm feeling, mentally and physically, and it makes a lot of my anxiety go away. My coach has gotten me to many PRs - they know what they're doing and when the hard work pays off, its all worth it!

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    1. I'm hoping PRs will happen! I already feel stronger working with my coach - it's probably in my head at this point but I think there's something to be said for leaving the planning to someone else and just being able to run :)

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