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Do you need a running coach? You might!

Posted by [email protected] on December 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a story that was posted on, writen by Michael Clark

It’s no secret that running isn’t always easy. Even the most seasoned runners are plagued with injuries, successful race results, plateaus and a lack of motivation from time to time.

Whether you’re looking to improve your marathon time or are training for your first 5K, a qualified running coach can not only help you to eliminate these issues, but he/she can tailor an individualized training program that will help you reach your greatest potential as a runner.

According to the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (FIRST), a good personal coach can help a runner to “improve one or more of the primary variables of running performance—maximum oxygen consumption, lactate threshold, running economy and running velocity.”

By encouraging you to step up your game in these important areas, a running coach will ensure that you get the most out of each and every workout.

How to Find the Right Coach

With the Internet, there are literally hundreds of coaching resources out there. Unfortunately, not all of them are equal.

The wrong coach can not only be a waste of money, but also do more harm than good. Because anyone can call himself a “coach,” it’s always a good idea to ask potential coaches for qualifications and/or references.

Here are seven resources to help you find a coach who is not only qualified, but also suited to best meet your needs.

No.1: Visit the Road Runners Club of America (

By clicking on the “Find a Coach” link and selecting your state, you can access a list of certified coaches by city or town.

If there are no coaches listed near your area, it might be helpful to contact the closest coach and ask for a recommendation. He/She may know of a great coach near you.

No.2: Find a Coach...While You Shop for Shoes

Most running specialty stores have coaching programs that are offered directly out of the store. Ask for a coach who is qualified to work with a runner of your fitness level. (Or ask the staff if they have any recommendations; they’ll often know some of the best local coaching talent around.)

No.3: Go Back to School

An excellent source for qualified coaches is the track and cross country team of your local high school or college. Many of these coaches take on clients before/after school hours. (And you don’t even have to take Pre-Algebra again.)

No.4: Embrace the Digital Age

Having trouble finding a coach in your area? Then an online training plan might be in your future.

Of course, an online coach can’t offer the same level of support an in-person coach can, but there can be a surprising variety of customization available. (Many plans also offer a social community component, which can help keep you motivated and on track.)

No.5: Yelp! Ain’t Just for Food

This online resource offers real reviews from real people.

Of course, online reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. But they can be a great way to find local coaches who may not have the marketing acumen that other lesser-talented coaches have. Before agreeing to meet up with a coach, see what other runners have to say about him/her.

No.6: Get a Little Help From Your Friends

Don’t be shy about asking a new friend for a recommendation on a running coach. Your local running group is a great place to find others who can share their recommendations for local coaches.

Or even just a quick status update, “Anybody know a good running coach?” on Facebook can do wonders.

No.7: Find a Good Training Book

When all else fails in your quest for a running a coach, a good runner’s training book can help you reach your training goals. One good option might be a book like, Run Less, Run Faster, from the experts at the FIRST training program.

Though books aren’t as ideal as a live running coach assessing you every step of the way, a good training book can do wonders to maximize your running potential.

Best of all, by scanning the reviews of the book an, you can get a quick sense of whether the book will suit your needs and help you reach your running goals.

Running Therapy

Posted by [email protected] on December 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The past 2 weeks have been a challenge for me as I have had to deal with a huge disappointment that really stung me. Life has a way of sucking the life out of us at times and I truly believe it’s those times that end up defining us. As I sulked through my disappointment I decided to turn to what works best for me, so I laced up my shoes and went running!

As I made my way through the streets and back roads of Dover, my mind started with many questions and worked its way to a few conclusions and maybe some ideas. Each run started with bottled up frustration and finished with satisfaction. Life is certainly hard at times and for some it’s truly harder than others. I feel generally blessed and I know that my frustrations don’t begin to stack up to what many are experiencing; however for me the disappointment was real and painful. Running lets me or maybe forces me to think through my pain and disappointment and move forward. Some events aren’t going to get solved but the ability to move forward makes a huge difference. When I’m running by myself I have no choice but to process my thoughts and look forward to all that is in front of me.

Last week I logged in 26 miles and they were tough miles, not only because of the physical challenge, but also each mile forced me to confront my pain and deal with it. Many people have been great and very helpful, but words while nice don’t change the circumstances. Running forced me to talk to myself and get things in prospective. My goal for this week was to run 27 miles (one more than last week), but because of other events I ended up with 23 miles of running. I am not at all disappointed as those were 23 valuable miles and they help to continue my therapy I guess you could say. Two of the runs were early morning in sub-freezing temps but they were my 2 favorites.

The disappointment is still there, but the future is bright and thanks to some great running I am able to clearly see the goodness in front of me. I am lucky for sure.

Great week for my clients!

Posted by [email protected] on November 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This week has been fantastic for working with a couple of my clients! Monday night I was out at the track watching Jaime complete a fitness test that would give a measure of how her training is going. Last night I was standing at the top of my cul-de-sac timing Ashley as she sprinted up our hill while also tracking her maximum heart rate. Despite some pretty cold circumstances I really enjoyed both sessions immensely.

Jaime is working on month 6 of our time together and she has greatly benefited by having a personal training plan that has provided her both a stronger core and running foundation. Her fitness test consisted of 800 repeats 400 recovery and 7-10 push-ups. She was amazing as she 7 cycles with each 800 getting progressively faster, with last one being her fastest. Most people would struggle with doing multiple 800s, never mind having to do push-ups as well. This test is a clear indication that Jaime is following her training plan with great discipline and determination. As we approach her 6 month mark, Jaime will tell you that she has never been able to sustain healthy running for this long. In fact last week she actually had to buy some winter running gear for the first time as this will be the first time she has come out of the fall running healthy enough to run in the winter! Enjoy the great winter styles Jaime, lots to choose from.

Last night I had Ashley come by with her heart rate monitor so we could figure out her maximum heart rate. Many times people use the weight and age formula, but I like the more accurate way of getting the resting and maximum heart rate. The resting heart rate is best found on Saturday morning when you first wake up (without be woken). Maximum heart rate can be figured out with the help of a decent hill and some hard work. I provided the hill, Ashley provided the hard work! After 9 times up and down a decent hill, I told Ashley it was time to put it in max gear and she did just that. Her last effort was truly a gut check, but she pushed up and through. I believe we were successful in getting her max heart rate and now we have a tool to help with her training. As I work on her training plan, I will utilize her heart rate zones when I feel she needs to slow down or even work harder.

Great week for my clients and an even better one for me!

Running tid bits!

Posted by [email protected] on November 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Like always I ate way too much, but I have long given up trying to show restraint. I was able to get a pre-dinner 8 mile run and it was a beautiful morning to run the back roads of Dover and thru downtown. I was a bit disappointed to see so many businesses open on Thanksgiving, but I guess that’s the sign of the times. One of my favorite things to do on a Thanksgiving morning run is to wish every person I encounter a “Happy Thanksgiving!” Some people respond in kind, some are caught off guard, but recover to say: ‘you too” and some have no response. I don’t do it because I want them to reciprocate, though it’s nice when they do, I do it because I enjoy spreading the warmth of this meaningful day. Thanksgiving is certainly one of my favorite days of the year as it represents the goodness that we need to have every day.

Yesterday (Saturday), I wanted to finish off my week of with a good run that would give me a decent week of running and I also needed to burn off some the gravy and the multiple pieces of pie I had devoured over the past 2 days! So I once again hit the streets of Dover getting in some good hills along with a pretty strong headwind. I also did something I don’t do very often which was to wear headphones as I really enjoy listening to Christmas music as I trek through the streets of Dover. I always feel a great sense of Christmas spirit as I run listening to Burl Ives and passing people on the sidewalks. Even with a strong headwind, I really enjoyed the run, setting out to run 6 miles but ended up running 7. After the run I wanted to get some strength training in so I headed to my basement for some pull-ups, bicycle crunches and stretching. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I am trying to make stretching part of my workout, so that has improved quite a bite lately.

For the week I ran around 26 miles which was one of my better weeks in a while. I have been all over the place with my running and strength training so I was happy to have gotten in a solid week of running. I don’t beat myself up over a bad few weeks as I understand the ups and downs that go with being a runner. For me, I have a base that I want to maintain which keeps me focused on the big picture and helps me to structure my running on a monthly basis. My personal training plan isn’t necessarily structured to get me a certain distance but instead to help me maintain an ability to run a certain distance comfortably (base). Each week may be sporadic but right now if I can comfortably run a long run of 7 miles, that means I’m getting in enough running. When people want a personal training plan they are often designed for a certain distance or race and that’s great, but having a personal training plan that helps to maintain a base makes a huge difference. Of course I can help you with that!

This week I have also been working on an interactive form for the new website that I am hopeful will benefit my clients. In working with runners of all levels I find two things important; one; a good custom training plan that “makes sense” to the individual runner and two; a way for me to keep up with the progress of the runner. This interactive spreadsheet I have been working on will allow the client to sign on to the website, go to their own page and give me some simple information on their particular workout. Having this information makes it possible to address their personal training plan as needed instead of just having the runner keep pressing on despite needed changes in their training. Trying to stay with a training plan that doesn’t take into account injuries, conditioning, life or other factors, often results in either injury or failure. Having an interactive training plan helps me provide the best possible training and the runner a plan that works for them. I’m pretty excited about this concept as it will allow for me to keep up with my runners and provide an even more personalized training plan. When I roll it out, I will be offering some great introduction plans so stay tuned!

Have a great week and get running!

Jim Flynn

Posted by [email protected] on November 18, 2012 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday I had no intentions of making the trek into Portsmouth for the Saturday morning group run. Instead I planned on taking it easy with a relaxing cup (or 2) of coffee and run some distance around Dover. I woke around seven and quietly made my way downstairs and as I got halfway down the stairs I could hear my phone chime multiple times with text messages. I don’t get a lot of text messages, especially at 7AM, so I was a bit surprised. A couple were from Jeannine inquiring whether I would be at the run that morning as she wanted to talk about the half marathon feedback, another was from a friend wanting to know if I would be at the group run as well? Well, I had a decision to make; stay the course or get it in gear and go to the group run. Another factor was the can good drive that was going on with the gathering as well. Because I’m not good at telling people “no”, I got moving and without my normal pre-run preparation I hustled out the door. My goal was to stop at a store along the way and pick up some can goods and get there on time. I hate having to rush but sometimes you no choice.

I picked up my can goods and was at the Runners Alley at 8 and all the runners were in the store dropping off their can goods and socializing. I was relieved not to get there and have to take right off as I never have a great run when I am rushing right out. Instead I was able to spend some time socializing with people I haven’t seen in a while because of my commitment to coaching. There was a large group, maybe 50 or more pact in the store. I think it’s great that people show up in such great number when there’s a worthy cause like the can good drive. I was even thrilled to see some of the people from my most recent half marathon group there and still motivated. Really for me I am blessed as I have been involved with many runners over the years through the training groups so when I walk into a room of runners, I see many from each group. “No Finish Line Running” was founded on the philosophy that running is for life and seeing many of the former group members is proof that there is “no finish line”.

Unfortunately I did not see the friend that text me about running so I wasn’t sure if I should stay back and wait or hope that he might be outside waiting for me? As the group moved out for the run I hung back and talked with Jeanine (the owner and my part-time employer) about the post-group feedback. Still my friend wasn’t there, so I figured I may as well head out and run. I was quite a distance back, but I was okay with just taking it easy figuring I would catch up with some or just run the normal loop on my own. As I made my way along the first mile I saw a man ahead running by himself and as I got closer I realized it was one of my prior runners Jim Flynn. Jim had dropped out of my most recent group early on because of some injuries and knowing him, I knew this nearly 65 year old man had to have been frustrated. As I got up to him I greeted him with great enthusiasm as he has always been one of my favorite people! Jim quickly caught me up on what he had been going through and yet here he was back at it and not giving up. Running injuries can be a mystery some times and the frustrating part, but Jim is proof that giving up needn’t be an option.

Jim explained that he was just getting back into it and would run 3 miles today, so I figured I would stay at his pace and at least run with him until he had to turn around. Jim’s wisdom is amazing and listening to him is fun and insightful. He relayed a few things to me that really stuck, but one thing he said in particular was spot on. He said to me; “People have it wrong, if someone were to win the Power Ball, instead of going out and buying this or that, they should go out and hire a fulltime fitness trainer. Then spend a whole year getting in the best shape possible”. He went on to explain how physical health was so important and I could not have agreed more. His Power Ball analogy was excellent but I maintain that we don’t need to get rich to put emphasis on our conditioning, rich or not we can do exactly what Jim was doing at that moment. In fact during Jim’s months of not being able to run, he didn’t sit around, he did other activities to maintain his conditioning. At 65 years of age Jim was in great shape and not slowing down!

At the 1.54 mile mark I mentioned to Jim that he should turn around but he hung with me for almost another half mile before he turned around. I enjoyed the conversation and bid Jim a “Happy Thanksgiving” as he turned to head back. I continued on eventually catching up to another guy that I hadn’t seen in a while and who I enjoy running with. We caught up on things and commiserated over some other things. To think a few hours prior I was planning on running by myself. Thanks Jim!

Training plans

Posted by [email protected] on November 17, 2012 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I met with a new client the other night and we had a great introduction meeting that again reinforced the idea of custom training plans. Ashley (real name) is an above average runner that has run in 8 marathons completing all but one. I will get into the reason I believe she failed to complete the one in a bit, but for now I want to discuss her need for coaching and a personalized running plan.

Over the last 3 years Ashley has run Boston and Bay State marathons multiple times, with some level of success, however as of late she has struggled with injuries as well as improving her personal best time. Are the plateau and injuries connected? Perhaps, this is why my first request when she contacted me was to ask for a copy of a typical month of training, including her pace, mileage and other activities. Usually the answers can be found by examining someone’s training plan or lack thereof. Ashley to this point had been following various web plans that she had actually researched quite thoroughly. While initially successful, they have eventually failed to improve her running and may have contributed to her injuries. After studying her plan I could see some of the possible factors that could lead to the problems she’s encountering. Pretty much like most internet training plans, Ashley’s plan was pretty basic without taking into account factors that affected her success. Ultimately though it was a plan that has led to great frustration and void of any improvement.

I try to be open minded about the way people go about training as I understand that people get comfortable with the way they train and no one likes to hear that their training may not be the best for them. A year or two ago, Ashley would probably have said that she was totally fine with herself/internet training as it had gotten her to Boston quite nicely. Obviously her training was effective as the results were successful, however sustaining that level or even improving her performance became impossible. After some conversation she quickly understood she needed some coaching and a customized running plan that would get her back on track and a chance to improve. As I said it’s not always easy to seek help, but Ashley desires to be both faster and run injury free, so she was ready to move from generic to specific. Specific meant a training plan based on her strengths, weaknesses, schedule and goals.

I have been fortunate to work with multiple runners now that are serious about their commitment to running and need only a plan. For me I don’t have to try to motivate as much but instead give them a running plan, guidance and a lecture on being patient. All of this lends itself to a greater chance for success. I will never be as fast as Ashley, but I understand the dynamics and working with her will be fun. Already she realizes that she has to reign in her desire to go hard most of the time and for me that’s half the battle.

Seacoast Half Marathon Hangover

Posted by [email protected] on November 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

What’s next in the coaching world? Yesterday a group that I coached completed the 13.1 miles they set out to train for nearly 14 weeks ago. Half marathon training is a great time and a wonderful experience for those that have only run up to 10Ks. Not to say that others don’t get the same experience, because many people find team training helpful and fun, but for someone who has never accomplished a distance of 13.1, training with a group is amazing. The camaraderie, accountability and friendships that are forged help to make it an experience that most runners find priceless.

Fourteen to eighteen weeks ago men and women from various towns around the popular seacoast town of Portsmouth NH stopped into the distinctive running store and signed up for a half marathon training group that would cumulate with the running of the Seacoast Half Marathon. To some this was a repeat decision as they found satisfaction in previous groups or enjoyed training with this particular coach. For others that signed on it was possibly a need for accountability. Yet for many it was the desire to get help, motivation and direction to accomplish a distance they could never have imagined. Combined you had a group of people that desired the help not only of coaching, but just as important; other people.

The first weeks are during late summer, yet the temps are still on the high side, the runners are still trying to figure out each other’s names and the coach struggles to do the same. By the end of the second week the runners start to segregate by comfort and speed, mostly the latter. Ideally as a coach you want there to be someone for everyone to group up with, but some prefer the low stress of running their pace without concern of a partner. As a coach I encourage the advantages of running without earphones but in the end it’s an individual choice. Much to my delight, most go earphone free and open themselves to the sounds around them. The most challenging part of the training is that there’s a great disparity between the speeds of the runners and being all things to all runners becomes difficult.

Runners Alley, the store that sponsors this training begun this training many years back with “beginner half marathoners” in mind, however the local running community has evolved and this particular training has become a combination of novice runners and more seasoned runners. There are certainly other half marathon training groups and options, but this particular group has grown a great deal in popularity for all levels. As someone that has been involve d for over 5 years I take great pride in the success but also understand the challenges that come with the growth. Previous years we had one other person working with me and this year we actually had 3 others helping out. This helps to provide greater coverage, but I still get frustrated by not being able to spend quality time with each runner on a given run. Instead I change it up run to run as to the speed I go so that I can spend running time with all the different runners. I think I ran at least once with every runner for some period of time, but probably not as much as I would have liked. It’s tough, but it’s something I am aware of and always need to work on.

A great example is Sam (Samantha), Sam has attempted the training in the past but because of an accident she was unable to finish. This year she took up the run/walk strategy, alternating 7 minutes of running with 1 minute of walking. A great plan based on her physical challenges, but in running with a group it left her somewhat on her own. Sam is a wonderful person who understood her strategy would mean that she wouldn’t get some of the same benefits of the group as everyone else. She was quite inquisitive before and after runs, but pretty much on her own during the runs. Finally on one 50 minute run night, I met up with Sam and did the run/walk thing with her. We had a great talk and I learned a great deal from her as well as gave her some things to think about for her running. That may have been one of my most enjoyable experiences.

Now the group training is over and I am focusing mostly on some individuals I am working with. I may be taking on a new client that will offer some new challenges and I am excited about how I believe I can help this woman. I will miss the group, but I am ready for some opening in my schedule especially with the holidays coming on. I am thinking of opening up a group opportunity for the “Half at the Hampton in February, but I have to figure out how that will work. For now I will breathe some, work with my current clients, get my new website up and running and hang out with my wife. Never any quiet time in my life!

Seacoast Half Marathon time!

Posted by [email protected] on November 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This week my group training will come to end as my team of half marathon runners step to the start line of the Seacoast Half marathon race. I am always ready for a break from the busy schedule of the half marathon training and this year is certainly no exception. I enjoy the training groups and I always make many new friends and even add a new client or two. This group has been fun as well as helpful as we changed the training method. I wrote about it back in July and how I was excited at this change from mileage based training to time based. Along the way I have learned a lot and will have to continue to improve upon the structure of a time based training plan.

The one issue that may challenge this training approach is how will the slower runners do having run 120 to 150 minutes but not getting up to 13.1 miles? We have had a few that are determined yet quite a bit slower than the majority. The idea that they ran multiple times over 120 minutes will hopefully have them prepared to complete however much time it takes to run the half marathon. What makes it a bit difficult with some of these runners is that they miss a few of those 120 minute plus runs and that definitely works against the training concept. I believe that they all are capable, but the results depend more on their belief and desire.

The runners that have shown up each run, gotten the time in and stayed with the training plan will all have a wonderful experience. For some it may not be as easy based on the struggles with their health and training. That’s always the challenge for a race of this distance, there are no shortcuts and injuries pop up that make consistent training difficult. I try to stress the value of stretching, proper nutrition and strength training in hopes that each runner is best prepared to accomplish what a small minority of people have ever done. Some embrace the training and follow the advice, some struggle to find the time or desire. To train for this distance on a regular basis everything matters and success depends on it. I will send out my last emails to the runners over the next few days and my hopes will be that they better understand the benefits of a well-rounded training plan.

So I have learned a lot and I believe that most if not all of this group of runners is better prepared. I am excited to watch all of them run and ready to give each of them a hug as they cross the finish line. The greater success for me will be their future in running and the fact that the Seacoast will have added 30 or so great runners! When I run around Portsmouth, Newcastle, Rye, and North Hampton and beyond I always run into at least one of my runners and the joy that I get is amazing. Having helped so many runners accomplish something as special as this group will tomorrow is truly why I coach. Good luck runners!

Happy November!

Posted by [email protected] on November 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We moved into November after October left us with a bang! My heart and thoughts go out to the people of New York and New Jersey with all they have experienced the past 6 days. Events like hurricane Sandy are tragic and devastating, but people overcome and the spirit of our country truly shines. I wish that spirit would shine without having to be the result of a tragedy, but it is what it is. I was of the opinion that the New York marathon should be canceled and was glad that they did. Not the time to make running a priority.

Next week will mark the end of my work with the Seacoast Half marathon group and another team of runners will have conquered 13.1 miles. With the end of this training and the start of day light savings time, I will now switch my running over to early morning. While many people cringe at the idea of getting up at the crack of dawn in cold weather, I welcome the opportunity. It’s so easy to let the deterrents keep me from such things as running in the morning, but instead I eliminate the why I shouldn’t and focus on the why should. Running much like life is full of reasons (excuses) as to why we shouldn’t do things and all this does is hold us back. Morning running is special as I enjoy being on the streets when others are just getting out of bed. Being out on the streets when the day is just getting started, stillness is prevalent and my thoughts are free to roam. Morning running is rewarding like no other to me as I blocked out all the reasons I could come up with as to why I couldn’t run.

Not that I like using others to motivate myself, but I admit that knowing I am on the streets of Dover when others are sleeping or eating their cheerios inspires me. Some people may even mock me, but I tend to believe down deep they wish they were that motivated. It’s really not so much about me being crazy motivated, but more just eliminating the negative thoughts. When I move through the streets of Dover I prepare my mind for the day and usually my day has a greater chance for success. My only real challenge of running in the morning is taking the time to stretch before I shower and get to work. Other than that, the feeling of overcoming the mind game of excuses is amazing and one that makes me stronger mentally. For me the mental strength I gain may be the most important benefit of running. It all starts by moving without letting the negative (excuses) setting in.

Making running fit into your schedule!

Posted by [email protected] on October 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The past few months haven’t been my best months of running and I am somewhat disappointed with my current conditioning. I always find it a challenge to maintain consistency in my running while coaching the half marathon group. Finding a balance between leading a large group, working with individuals, strength training, working, home life and life itself is always difficult. My running and strength training become sporadic void of conditioning and direction. For me this is a frustrating feeling and one that I continue to seek a solution.

Let’s look at my past week for a good example of my point.

We will start with last Monday where after coming off working the weekend, I did get out of bed early and strength train. Good job! Monday night I met a client after work for an individual workout.

Tuesday was group training and we ran 45 minutes, where I did enjoy a nice run.

Wednesday I was to get up and meet a client early for her strength training, but she pushed it to the next day. So Wednesday ended up being a nothing day for me. Should have done something!

Thursday I met my client for strength training and that went well. Thursday night was a 50 minute group run which was great.

Friday after work I did get a good strength training workout in.

Saturday I actually biked alongside my group as they ran the race course. Personally I don’t feel like I get a lot out of biking but I did bike 21 miles. Saturday afternoon I did mow my lawn and that’s a workout for sure!

Sunday I did nothing except eat! After church, I made waffles, later on we went to the movies where I ate way to much popcorn!

To sum it up, I ran a total of 95 minutes, biked 21 miles and strength trained twice. I suppose that’s not a terribly bad week, but ideally I like 4 good runs and 3 days of strength training. I’m not beating myself up or trying to sound ridiculous because I understand the ups and downs of running all too well. Beating myself up isn’t productive and looking forward is far more beneficial. What last week was no longer matters and what this week will be does matter. So now I have to plan out my week based on what I know my schedule looks like. Taking into account my time, commitments and even the stormy weather, I will try and get in 3 runs, 3 strength training sessions. Today will be a strength training workout, tomorrow hopefully a run, Wednesday another strength training, Thursday night run, Friday my third strength training and Saturday I will complete my workout week with a run.

I find it equally as difficult in my dealing with many of my clients and their schedules. Very few are able to maintain a regimented training schedule within their busy life styles and that often leads to their training suffering. There have been a few that have followed the training plan I laid out to almost the letter, but most struggle to make it all work. This has been consuming my thoughts lately and how I can not only provide someone with a great personal training plan, but how I can help them stick to it. The training plan itself designed for the particular individual and their schedule, but that means they have to be consistent with their schedule. Not many people are and that usually means running gets the short end.

So I think I have come up with additional strategy when training individuals. Without getting into the details, I am going to continue to personalize individual training but even more. What good is a great personalized training plan if the client can’t make it work? My plan is to set up training with the runner in mind and evolve as the runner progresses or in some cases cut back if the runner dictates. There’s no sense in trying to force the runner to progress if their training does not indicate that they should. My goal is to help each individual on their terms not mine or some set plan. Now that’s what I call personal training!

I started this rambling out earlier this morning and now it’s nearly 8PM! I did do my strength training today, so I have one of six done for the week.