I will soon begin training with a running coach to build my speed and endurance. My current goals are to be able to complete a half marathon without walking, and to be able to do so at a sub 9 minute pace.
I believe these goals to be within the realm of reason for me, even in my mid-thirties. Often, though, I start way too strong and burn out down to a 10:30 pace after the third mile of a solid run. I run more than three miles pretty regularly. I have to find my pace.
So, why did I invest in a runner’s coach to help me get to my goals? Primarily because I’ve never had a personal coach, and I want to see what it’s like. Plus, I feel like I can learn a lot from the experience.
The only formal coaching I had was a very brief stint on track and field during high school. I would race and hurdle against our football players. Even then, it wasn’t personalized.
The future is bright, and I hope to improve so that I may achieve this year’s goals. I might even pick up a couple of more races. We’ll see.