How To Find a Running Coach - Women's Running

How to find a running coach

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  November 16, 2014

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With the widespread availability of training plans, running apps and websites dedicated to providing you with tips and tricks to help improve your running, hiring a coach might seem like a waste of money.

However, whether you’re training for your 50th marathon or trying to run your first mile, a coach can help improve your performance with a tailor-made training plan, regular feedback and one-to-one guidance. A coach may also help you with your nutrition and cross-fitness training ensuring that you are in prime condition to reach your goals and targets.

As one Women’s Running reader said in our recent Facebook discussion: ‘My coaches took me from saying: “I’ll never be a runner” to “I AM A RUNNER”!! At 59! Joining a beginner 5k running group with three coaches was the best thing I could have done. Their training and encouragement was incredibly valuable.’

Another said: ‘Three hours of one-on-one coaching – using video gait analysis, breaking down each movement and building it up again, reducing oscillation, increasing cadence to 182, and most of all, focusing on elongating my posture – completely transformed my running.’

Here’s how to find a running coach:

The Running School

 

The Running School doesn’t offer long term one-to-one coaching but something even better: running lessons. The school offers six one-hour sessions that include an initial session looking at biomechanical analysis – how your body moves when you run. The subsequent five lessons are then dedicated to improving any weakness detected in the initial session. The lessons come with a hefty price tag (£260) but they are worth it: the techniques you learn at The Running School will help you become a faster, more efficient runner and reduce your risk of injury.

Join a Running Club

 

Competitive runner Emma Schuck swears by her running club, Hayle Runners, and it’s not hard to see why. Running clubs not only offer runners a chance to run in a sociable environment but access to coaches who can help with technique, fitness and endurance. RunEngland.info, JogScotland.org.uk, and Welshathletics.org are great starting points for finding a local runner group. All three websites allow you to filter groups according to gender and level.

Join your favourite brand’s running club

An alternative to joining a local running group is joining a running group associated with a brand. Two that stick out are the recently launched ‘adidas 26rs’ and Nike+ Run Club. Both are free to join and are available to beginners as well as intermediate runners. Alternatively, your local running store might have an advertising board with details of local trainers and coaches.

Hire a personal trainer

 

Finding a personal trainer can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. The National Register of Personal Trainers specialises in helping members of the public find qualified and insured personal trainers. The website is easy to use: just enter your postcode to find personal trainers in your local area with their prices, qualification and expertise listed. Personal trainers are especially good if you’re trying to improve your fitness through cross-training in the gym.

Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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