Having a running coach isn’t just for elite, Olympic level athletes. Sure they all have coaches, but anyone can have a running coach; whether you are trying to hit a personal best, getting back into running after an injury/long break, you are completely new to running, or you have hit a plateau in your times/distances and need help pushing through.
Coaches are wonderful, even if I do say so myself. Not only do (most) coaches create a training plan specific to your needs and accommodate your life/work schedule, but my job is to keep you accountable, to support you, to believe in your goals, to give advice on every topic related to training, and ultimately help you train smarter. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not 100% your cheerleader; I will push you when you need to be pushed. Dreams only work if you do!
Finding the right coach for you is kinda like dating. You may kiss a lot of frogs before you find the right one. That’s why it’s especially important to do your research and have a consultation before you sign-up (FYI – I offer a free one-hour consultation). A consultation is a great way for you to share with me your fitness goals as well as us getting to know each other, to see if we are the right fit.
Don’t feel pressured to go with a coach, if you don’t have a connection with them. It doesn’t matter if your best friend or auntie Joan or your work colleague uses this coach, if you don’t click with them, then they are not the right coach for you.
Once you’ve found the coach that you believe in, and they believe in you, the next step is working out what kind of coaching package you would like. These will range in price depending on what is included in that package. For example, I offer a monthly plan called ‘You’ve got this’, which is CA $95 a month, and that gives you a personalised training plan, ongoing support, adjustment of workouts when life gets in the way of training (which it does sometimes), and regular communication. All my coaching is done virtually via email, text, WhatsApp, skype and/or facetime.
I hope this blog has helped you in your quest to find your perfect running coach. Feel free to reach out to me if you have ANY questions on coaching, or the training plans I have on offer. Or if want to set up a free consultation, then BRILLIANT! Fill in this form and I will get back to you as soon as I can (likely within 48 hours).
HELLO, I’m Gillian, a running and nutrition coach based in Toronto, Canada. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post, it really means a lot to me. If you are interested, I have MORE:
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