And athlete of mine just wrote an article at her blog about working with me as a coach. It was really neat to hear what she had to say 🙂
There is no better way to establish an actual running routine than to have someone putting in the time and effort to design your personal running schedule. I was a big fan of “training” using apps and general plans, but besides the Couch to 5K, I’ve never actually ever finished a plan. A lot of it had to do with accountability. Most of the plans just follow a set schedule and tells me what it is. It doesn’t care if I don’t actually do it or put it off or move it or modify it. It doesn’t motivate me actually lace up and run on days when I have ZERO motivation (which seems to occur on a lot of days, unfortunately!) Those training plans also don’t care what I did the day before or how I felt during the run. It doesn’t take into consideration anything else going on with me and uses that to evaluate and adjust my schedule. It also doesn’t really care if or take the necessary precautions to make sure I avoid injury. So, long run-on sentences = a running coach does the things that a computer generated training app does not.