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 :)