One of my goals over the past year was to work with a running coach. Anyone can go ahead and search the web for running plans but I wanted a running plan that of course, was catered to ME and help me reach my running goals. My short-term goal is to finish a half marathon sub-2:30. Long-term goals? We can talk about that later…much later! 🙂
I searched the web and followed several coaches on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and finally settled on a coach – Coach Kristy from Run the Long Road.
I know I mentioned wanting to work with a coach for what seems like forever. Part of the reason I held back was not only the expenses involved but the thought that I couldn’t do it. I didn’t believe in myself, and that’s sad. Tonight I got home from working almost 13 hours on my feet and thought about how tired I was feeling and almost decided not to make the run. But I have to do this for me, and now I have someone holding me accountable. I like that.
Upon speaking with Coach Kristy, we went over our questionnaire (which I filled out on her website) as well as my short term running goals. I love how realistic she was in telling me this is what I have to do, that some things aren’t going to happen now but together we will get me to that goal. I’m a dreamer but I’m more of a realist, so I enjoyed talking with her.
Tonight was my first training run: an easy 3-mile run. Nothing about it felt easy, although the pace was slower than I’m accustomed to. Mind you, I have not run consistently since November, so these three miles were darn painful.
Heck, even power walking three miles would be painful at this point! Anyway, I had to keep the Pandora station on the hip-hop/rap station to at least get me going. I felt tired physically, but the determination in my mind is what kept me going. I’m not a quitter but I sure felt like I was going to die tonight. Ok, I’m being dramatic, but my legs ached and my mouth was dry like a desert. Still, I made it. It can only get better from here, right?
QOTD: Have you worked with a running coach? Which races are you currently training for?